Thousands of school voucher applicants who want to exit unsafe, ineffective public schools made history on Friday. That was the deadline for eligible families to apply for scholarship funds that can be used to cover the cost of private school tuition.
As an alternative to the “draconian Jindal approach” to education reform, the state’s teachers unions have offered up legislation that would revoke value-added teacher assessments, reinstate tenure and empower school boards over superintendents.
Louisiana lawmakers are set to take up “payroll protection” bills that would prohibit public school officials from automatically deducting worker dues for political purposes. The proposals figure into a larger national movement built around state initiatives.
Folded within the tenure reform bill Gov. Bobby Jindal has signed into law are several changes to local school governance designed to constrain school boards and empower superintendents. These reforms could be extended to include term limits for school board members in the current session.
Louisiana’s transformative education policy changes should be extended to include school bus drivers who enjoy tenure protections unavailable in other states, according to Rep. Cameron Henry (R-Jefferson) and business representatives.
In response to a “Dear Friend” letter Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) sent to constituents reiterating her support for President Obama’s health care law, one of her Republican counterparts is calling for an “incremental” approach to health care reform that expands consumer choice and lowers costs
Rep. Tony Ligi (R-Metaire) would like for taxpayers to have a seat at the table when public employee unions negotiate with government officials over the size and scope of their compensation and benefit package.
School boards should have the option to explore the possibility of privatizing food services as part of a larger effort aimed at maximizing classroom resources, Sen. Jack Donahue (R-Covington) and business representatives are set to argue this week
Louisiana taxpayers and consumers stand to benefit from pending legislation that would lower the current threshold set for civil jury trials to the point where it is more in step with the national average, according to tort reform proponents.
Are the attorneys and plaintiffs who file lawsuits built around oilfield contamination allegations genuinely concerned about environmental damage? Or, are they instead motivated by a loophole in the law that allows for financial awards to be detached from cleanup efforts?