Author

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.

Louisiana mask mandate remains in schools (for now) after state school board ends meeting early

By: - August 18, 2021

Gov. John Bel Edwards’ statewide mask mandate will remain in place for K-12 schools  after the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) adjourned its meeting early Wednesday and declined to vote on its own school masking policy.  BESE voted 8-2 to end the meeting abruptly after most people in it saudience refused to […]

Louisiana looks to update social studies standards, as debate on teaching about racism heats up

By: - August 16, 2021

In June, the Louisiana legislature hotly debated about what history should be taught in public schools. On Monday, that conversation continued during a Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) meeting as the state education department presented new standards for Louisiana students learning social studies. Louisiana’s social studies content standards are supposed to be […]

‘You can’t educate from the intensive care unit,’ LSU prof tells board

By: - August 6, 2021

While addressing the LSU Board of Supervisors Friday morning, Rosemary Peters-Hill, an LSU professor of French since 2007, told the members gathered that she’s worried about her immunocompromised son, Nathaniel, a kindergartener who because of his age isn’t eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine. “I can’t expose him to COVID because he can’t fight it,” the […]

‘We’ve worked out all the kinks,’ Louisiana rental assistance program official says

By: - August 6, 2021

Even though just a fraction of federal COVID-19 rental assistance money the state received has been disbursed to struggling Louisiana renters, Division of Administration Assistant Commissioner of Administration Desiree Honore Thomas said Thursday that she expects payments to go out sooner from here on out. “We’ve worked out all the kinks,” Thomas said by phone. […]

Gov. John Bel Edwards

Gov. John Bel Edwards praises Biden administration for extending eviction moratorium

By: - August 4, 2021

Days after Gov. John Bel Edwards said he couldn’t instill a statewide eviction moratorium despite demands from U.S. Rep. Troy Carter (D-New Orleans) and housing advocates that he take decisive action, the governor praised President Joe Biden’s administration for implementing a new 60-day federal moratorium on evictions that will apply to most (if not all) […]

Louisiana students performed worse in standardized testing during the COVID-19 pandemic

By: - August 4, 2021

More Louisiana students in grades 3 through 8 and high school performed at an “unsatisfactory” level in math and English during the COVID-19 pandemic school year compared to the last full school year before the pandemic, according to assessment data the Louisiana Department of Education released Wednesday. “In the face of immense adversity, students, teachers, […]

Rep. Troy Carter, Louisiana housing advocates ask Gov. John Bel Edwards to block evictions

By: - August 3, 2021

Louisiana has 267,943 people behind on their housing payments, U.S. Rep. Troy Carter (D-New Orleans) wrote in a letter to fellow Democrat Gov. John Bel Edwards, Monday.  Carter, who said the number of Louisianians who are behind is the most in the country, said in his letter to Edwards, “While I will continue fighting in […]

Grambling State University

Grambling and Southern University at Shreveport use COVID-relief money to forgive student debt

By: - August 3, 2021

Grambling State University and Southern University of Shreveport have announced last week that they will use COVID-19 federal relief money to pay off student debt for anyone who attended those universities over the past year and a half. “The pandemic has been really tough on our students and their families, and we’ve seen situations where […]

Louisiana extends face mask mandate

Gov. John Bel Edwards ‘considering’ mask mandate as Louisiana hospitals fill with COVID-19 patients

By: and - July 30, 2021

Louisiana has more people entering hospitals with COVID-19 symptoms than ever before, the most single-day deaths since March 10 and the highest number of new cases per capita in the nation as of Friday. Despite the grim numbers, Gov. John Bel Edwards has still not reinstated mitigation measures such as a face mask mandate and […]

Louisiana’s third-round COVID-19 vaccine lottery winners announced

By: - July 30, 2021

Stephen Curry got money Friday for taking shots in New Orleans. No, not the 3-point specialist who’s a two-time NBA most valuable player. This Stephen Curry is a 57-year-old New Orleans resident who won the third $100,000 cash prize as part of Louisiana’s ‘Shot At A Million’ campaign. Jacob Ardoin, 15, of Lafayette, won the […]

Housing advocates hoping for last-minute eviction moratorium extension before expiring this weekend

By: - July 30, 2021

The Acadiana Regional Coalition on Homelessness & Housing is “waiting with hopeful anticipation” to see if the CDC’s moratorium on evictions — which is set to expire Saturday — will get a last-minute extension to protect renters and homeowners who are behind on rental payments, Leigh Rachel, executive director of the Acadiana Regional Coalition on […]

Some Louisiana college campuses are keeping their mask mandates; others may soon adopt mandates

By: - July 28, 2021

In response to the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic, LSU’s Health and Medical Advisory Committee has announced a list of “science-based recommendations” including the continuation of a mask mandate and the requirement of a negative COVID-19 test before arriving on campus. The committee is recommending that the administration adopt those measures for all LSU campuses. LSU […]