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JC Canicosa

JC Canicosa

JC Canicosa is an award-winning journalist at The Louisiana Illuminator. Canicosa has previous experience at Investigate-TV and The Loyola Maroon and earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Loyola University New Orleans. At Loyola, he was the senior staff writer at The Maroon and the president of the school's chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Off the clock, Canicosa enjoys playing basketball, watching movies and dabbling in comedy writing.

New Orleans Public Schools will begin fully online

By: - July 21, 2020

New Orleans Public Schools will begin the fall semester fully online and won’t allow in-person instruction before September, the school district announced Tuesday. “We are making this shift because we’re listening to the advice of medical experts,” Superintendent Henderson Lewis said in a news conference. “We’re committed to helping New Orleans get back on track […]

Gov. John Bel Edwards

Gov. Edwards’ rent relief program runs out of money in 3 days

By: - July 21, 2020

On Thursday, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced the Louisiana Emergency Rental Assistance Program that he said would help about 10,000 people in Louisiana who are struggling to pay rent because of the economic hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.  By Sunday, 40,000 Louisianians had applied, and the application process was suspended.  “The response to our […]

Louisiana Republicans don’t plan to sue over mask order, leader says

By: - July 17, 2020

State Rep. Blake Miguez, chairman of the House Republican caucus, said Friday that there are no plans for Louisiana House Republicans to take legal action against the governor’s mandatory mask requirement after an opinion from Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry that says the order “does not pass the constitutional test” and “cannot be enforced with […]

Louisiana extends face mask mandate

Louisiana’s face-mask order gets push back from multiple sources across the state

By: and - July 17, 2020

Governor John Bel Edwards’ new mask mandate is getting push back and resistance from officials, businesses and attorneys across Louisiana. A Jefferson Parish law firm is even offering to represent, at no cost, businesses that are reprimanded for violating the mask mandate. Stephen Petit, an attorney and founder of Petit Law Firm in Harahan, on his […]

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State plans to supply schools with cleaning supplies and personal protective equipment

By: - July 14, 2020

Louisiana State Superintendent Cade Brumley told the Louisiana House Education Committee Monday that in addition to creating health and safety guidelines for reopening schools that the Louisiana Department of Education has also added information about supplying schools with cleaning supplies and how they should use them. School employees must be provided adequate access to hygienic […]

BESE meets Tuesday afternoon to discuss new COVID-19 guidelines

By: - July 13, 2020

The Louisiana State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, July 14 to create emergency rules and guidelines that “provide minimum standards, policies, medical exceptions and regulations to govern the reopening of the schools for the 2020 school year,” said BESE President Sandy Holloway.” The meeting is being held […]

Health equity task force to create dashboard to provide COVID-19 data

By: - July 12, 2020

The Louisiana Covid-19 Health Equity Task Force is creating a dashboard that will allow Louisiana residents to access information related to racial inequities in the state’s health care system. That dashboard, which was discussed at a Friday afternoon meeting of the task force, is meant for residents, policymakers and community leaders and will, its members […]

Conflicting opinions about reopening schools in Louisiana and the U.S.

By: - July 10, 2020

Across the United States, only 20 percent of parents with school-age children feel comfortable sending their children back to school in August or September, according to Echelon Insights, a polling firm that surveyed 500 parents a week between April 27 and June 18.  The results of that poll and an analysis of it were published […]

Louisiana Key Academy welcomes students back to in-person instruction

By: - July 9, 2020

While many Louisiana schools and school districts are still figuring out if they’ll have in-person instruction, online instruction or a mix of the two in August, Louisiana Key Academy, a Baton Rouge charter school, is scheduled to start in-person instruction for its students today, July 9.  Created as a campus to focus on the needs […]

Education department’s reopening rules may be hard for students to follow

By: - July 2, 2020

Ashley Collins is a bit worried about her six-year-old son, Austin, going back to school in the fall. Austin is about to start 1st grade at J.C. Ellis Elementary School in Metairie, but with the recent upsurge in COVID-19 cases in Louisiana and especially Jefferson Parish, Collins just hopes her son’s school operates with an […]

Louisiana students can expect a test as soon as they return

By: - July 1, 2020

While four months without school may sound like every elementary school student’s dream, it also means that those students will likely have fallen behind academically to some degree. Because of that expected learning loss, Louisiana State Superintendent Cade Brumley said in a Tuesday interview that the Louisiana Department of Education plans to use universal screeners […]

Pandemic said to widen already existing racial disparities in Louisiana schools

By: - June 26, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has noticeably widened the educational gap between white students and Black and Hispanic students, a new study says. In a scenario that assumes a “virus resurgence” where in-school instruction does not fully resume before January 2021, research firm McKinsey & Co. estimates that Hispanic students will have experienced more than nine months […]