A new Cato Institute paper highlights the need for models that punish poor performance and reward good. Andrew Coulson assesses the relationship between philanthropic grants and academic performance in Charter schools.
“A basic analysis of our public school system’s core metrics argues loudly against any additional revenue, and in favor of much lower spending.”
An exclusive focus on inputs such as teacher headcount ignores vital dynamics such as the parent-student relationship.
New Orleans has had notable success stories since Katrina, but pioneers of K-12 reform in other states are also worth highlighting.
Pending website transparency requirements seek to place boards that govern public schools under greater scrutiny. But opponents caution that this is another layer of compliance that will transfer resources away from the classroom.
Rep. Austin Badon’s (D – Orleans) HB 112 seeks to prohibit the harassment, intimidation, and bullying of students in Louisiana’s public school districts. The proposal would strengthen a 2001 law that mandated all Louisiana public schools include a policy in their student code of conduct to prohibit bullying.
In a legislative session filled with bills to heavily alter Louisiana’s higher education system, students of public universities and colleges may soon experience one more adjustment: concealed weapons on campus.
Sen. DA “Butch” Gautreaux is moving legislation aimed at forcing charter schools to remain within Louisiana’s underfunded teachers’ retirement system. This is part of a concerted effort to undermine and cripple the charter school system, critics say
Pending legislation would allow Louisiana high school students to take online classes. Sen. Gerald Long (R-Winnfield) has been the major driving force behind the bill. He believes virtual classrooms will help to “level the playing field” for all Louisiana students and provide advanced instruction.
Jeffrey Sadow reflects on the initiatives of Paul Pastorek: He leaves “the state’s elementary and secondary education system better off and with promise that necessary reforms may continue under his successor.”