A better Louisiana is on the horizon, but we must act now

Over the last year, the Pelican Institute has been traveling the state, speaking to individuals and organizations, releasing hundreds of pages of educational materials and countless informative video advertisements emphasizing the importance of making fundamental changes to our state government’s core structures. Now, the moment is upon us to start turning this vision of righting…

Who does the National Education Association really represent?

There’s been a lot of debate over education policy and, more recently, teacher pay raises, retirement security for teachers and other government works, and transparency in how our education dollars are spent here in Louisiana. You know the Pelican Institute’s positions well: pay good teachers more (a lot more!), bring transparency to ensure more money…

Course Choice: Expanding Educational Freedom

Without ensuring access to a high-quality education for every child, Louisiana cannot have a vibrant and growing economy. Attracting more jobs and opportunity to the Pelican State requires a workforce with the proper training and skills to compete in the 21st century economy. Developing this workforce starts at the primary school level, which is why…

Janus One Year Later: What’s Changed?

It’s hard to believe that a full year has passed since one man from a small town in Illinois substantially expanded freedom for public workers across the country. On that fateful day in 2018, Mark Janus, a child support specialist at the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services, emerged victorious from the Supreme Court.…

Education Spending Numbers Just Don’t Add Up

During the most recent legislative session, one of the most hotly debated issues was a $1,000 pay raise for teachers and a $500 raise for support staff. Senate Concurrent Resolution 3 which, included the pay raise, passed both the House and Senate with overwhelming support. While much of the debate focused on the pay raise…

While Louisiana is Sinking, Many Are Concerned with Re-arranging the Deck Chairs

It’s no secret to the people of Louisiana that things aren’t going well. The state has a shrinking labor force, an antiquated budget system, a struggling education system and a backlog of infrastructure projects that are in need of addressing. Given these issues, it’s no surprise that there is a sizable population that is leaving…

Learn About Making School Spending More Transparent in the New Citizens Guide to Education

In today’s hyper-partisan times, there is at least one thing all Louisianans should agree on: our state is struggling to provide a quality education for its students. Our state continues to lag behind the rest of the nation, ranking 46 out of 50 in quality of schools and second to last in quality of education.…

REFORM LOUISIANA’S EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM TO CREATE FUTURE JOBS AND OPPORTUNITY, PELICAN INSTITUTE SAYS

Despite some progress in recent years, it’s no secret that Louisiana’s public educational system still lags behind the rest of the nation in overall performance. For example, Louisiana’s most recent test scores revealed eighth grade reading numbers fell behind 41 other states, while the state’s performance in eighth grade math ranked below 48 states. The…

A Jobs And Opportunity Agenda For Louisiana

This week, the Pelican Institute releases its “Jobs and Opportunity Agenda for Louisiana,” a road map for reclaiming Louisiana as a land of opportunity for all its citizens. This agenda is the result of months of data-crunching, research, analysis and consultation with experts from Louisiana and across the country. In crafting these solutions, our team sought to answer a…