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JC Canicosa

JC Canicosa

JC Canicosa is a former Louisiana Illuminator reporter. Prior to working with the Illuminator, Canicosa worked for Investigate-TV and The Loyola Maroon. Canicosa 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.

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Louisiana teachers could soon have to pay for an additional criminal background check

By: - May 19, 2022

Right now, Louisiana K-12 teachers are required to undergo a single criminal background check for their teaching certificate and during the hiring process. They may soon have to go through a subsequent review, paid for partially out of their own pockets. House Bill 156, authored by Rep. Barbara Freiburg, R-Baton Rouge, would require teachers to […]

Struggling Louisiana students could soon use state money for private or home schooling

By: - May 18, 2022

Louisiana could soon give parents of students struggling to read the option to pull them out of public school and provide them money for private school or homeschooling. A bill that would pull these subsidies out of the state’s public education budget moved closer to final passage Wednesday in the Louisiana Legislature. Sen. Sharon Hewitt’s […]

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Critical race theory bills killed in Louisiana Legislature

By: - May 17, 2022

The Louisiana House Education Committee rejected two bills Tuesday that would have made it illegal for schools to teach that people of any race or national origin are still affected by racism or oppression, among other topics. Both authored by Rep. Ray Garofalo, R-Chalmette, House Bill 1014 and House Bill 747 were involuntarily deferred without […]

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Louisiana House rejects LGBTQ housing discrimination protections

By: - May 11, 2022

For the foreseeable future, Louisiana’s anti-housing discrimination laws, which don’t protect against discrimination against LGBTQ residents, will remain out of sync with federal requirements. House Bill 303, authored by Rep. Aimee Freeman, D-New Orleans, would have made it illegal in Louisiana to refuse to sell or rent housing to someone because of their sexual orientation […]

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Corporal punishment ban for Louisiana public schools one vote shy of approval

By: - May 11, 2022

For the second time this legislative session, the Louisiana House struck down a ban on corporal punishment in public schools. House Bill 649, authored by Rep. Stephanie Hilferty, R-New Orleans, would have outlawed “the use of physical force that causes pain or discomfort to discipline a student” in Louisiana schools.  Correctional employees are not allowed […]

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Louisiana colleges, boosters could soon pay student-athletes, recruits directly

By: - May 11, 2022

Legislation that would allow Louisiana universities and their deep-pocketed supporters to pay student-athletes directly moved one step closer to the governor’s desk Wednesday. Senate Bill 250, authored by Sen. Patrick Connick, R-Marrero, would allow colleges, universities, their affiliates and boosters to compensate student-athletes for use of their name, image and likeness. The proposal advanced out […]

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Bills to shield unvaccinated students advance in Louisiana Legislature

By: - May 10, 2022

Louisiana schools may soon have to change how they handle vaccinations and vaccine exemptions among their students. Multiple bills that would weaken a school’s ability to enforce a vaccine mandate passed Tuesday in the House Education Committee. House Bill 531, authored by Beryl Amedee, R-Houma, would allow parents of unvaccinated children to sue a school […]

Bill to ban racial oppression as subject in Louisiana schools is shelved

By: - May 10, 2022

A proposal that would have made it illegal for schools to teach that students of any race or national origin face oppression was voluntarily shelved Tuesday by its author. House Bill 808, authored by Rep. Valarie Hodges, R-Denham Springs, would have added to the “Parents’ Bill of Rights for Public Schools” that “the school shall […]

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CROWN Act to end natural hairstyle descrimination fails again in Louisiana

By: - May 9, 2022

Legislation to protect Louisiana students and workers from discrimination based on their natural or protective hairstyles failed to make it through the Louisiana Legislature for the second year in a row. House Bill 667, authored by Rep. Tammy Phelps, D-Shreveport, failed Monday in the House Civil Law and Procedure Committee by a 6-8 vote. Phelps’ […]

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Another attempt to ban corporal punishment in Louisiana public schools fails

By: - May 5, 2022

The bill failed in a 51-42 vote, needing 53 votes to pass. A dozen House members were absent, and Hilferty can bring her proposal back for reconsideration if she gets more support.

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Transgender athlete ban from women’s sports moves closer to final passage

By: - May 4, 2022

Another attempt to ban transgender athletes from competing in girls’ high school and women’s college sports in Louisiana advanced Wednesday in the Legislature. The Fairness in Women’s Sports Act, authored by Sen. Beth Mizell, R-Franklinton, was approved in a 7-1 vote by the House Education Committee. Rep. Aimee Freeman, D-New Orleans, was the sole opponent. […]