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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.

Louisiana schools superintendent ‘has some concerns’ about new social studies standards

By: - October 12, 2021

Louisiana State Superintendent Cade Brumley said Tuesday he couldn’t endorse the state’s newly proposed social studies standards as currently written, even though his department’s steering committee approved the same proposed standards last month. Brumley said he hasn’t done the due diligence of fully going through the standards yet, but that there are parts of the […]

Only a small fraction of struggling Louisiana renters have received rental assistance

By: - October 12, 2021

Although more than 146,000 Louisiana renters reported being behind on their rent as the pandemic drags on, just a fraction have actually gotten help from Louisiana’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program. As of Thursday, the state has paid out $42 million for 7,800 households struggling to pay their rent, according to Desiree Honore Thomas, assistant commissioner […]

Culture changes around sexual misconduct at LSU will take time, advocates say

By: - October 8, 2021

In April, LSU students told a committee of women lawmakers that “I have never felt safe on campus, even during the day.” Today, for women, nonbinary and transgender students at LSU feeling unsafe on campus is “definitely still an issue,” said Angelina Cantelli, president of Tigers Against Sexual Assault — a student-run organization at the […]

Gov. John Bel Edwards announces Hurricane Ida Sheltering Program

By: - October 4, 2021

Residents who lost their homes after Hurricane Ida struck Southeast Louisiana can get temporary housing through the state’s new sheltering program, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Monday. “There is no doubt that there are people currently living in unsafe or unsanitary housing because of Hurricane Ida, which is not acceptable,” Edwards said in a press […]

Republicans ask Gov. Edwards to rescind mask mandate in schools

Louisiana teachers ‘extremely concerned’ about new optional quarantining policy, unions say

By: - October 1, 2021

Teachers across Louisiana “have expressed confusion and concern about safety in their schools” — according to the Louisiana Federation of Teachers — after the state’s education department announced a new statewide policy that makes quarantining after coming into close contact with someone with COVID-19 optional in schools. “We can no longer ignore the unintended academic […]

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Despite Hurricane Ida outages, Louisiana governor supports partnership with AT&T

By: - September 30, 2021

Louisiana’s state government isn’t looking to switch communication providers from AT&T despite the chaos caused when many state workers, including first responders, lost phone service in the hours after Hurricane Ida.   Multiple state lawmakers told AT&T during a legislative hearing last week that they were upset that emergency communications were down “when many of these […]

Lake Charles after Hurricane Laura

Southwest Louisiana schools’ hurricane restoration projects halted due to lack of money

By: - September 28, 2021

Restoration to schools in South Louisiana damaged after Hurricanes Laura, Delta and Ida struck has been halted due to slow disaster relief payouts from FEMA and the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.  Louisiana Senate Education Committee Chair Cleo Fields, D-Baton Rouge, told state emergency officials that it’s “unacceptable, unreasonable and unconscionable” that […]

Louisiana education department releases proposed social studies standards for K-8 schools

By: - September 25, 2021

A Louisiana Department of Education steering committee Saturday released a new version of the standards for Louisiana students learning social studies, updating the content and timeline of what history is taught in public schools. Under the proposed new standards, kindergarten through second grade students will be taught Louisiana and world history at an introductory level.  By […]

Louisiana colleges, universities disrupted by Hurricane Ida back to teaching

By: - September 22, 2021

Colleges and universities disrupted by Hurricane Ida are now operational — in-person or remotely. About 135,900 students — or 55 percent of Louisiana’s public university student population — were impacted directly by the storm, Board of Regents Chair Blake R. David said Wednesday at a regularly scheduled Board meeting. College campus buildings also “fared remarkably […]

University of Louisiana system vaccination rates range from low twenties to high seventies

By: - September 21, 2021

After telling its students in late August that they must get the COVID-19 vaccine, or provide an exemption, in order to enroll in classes next semester, just five of the nine University of Louisiana system schools have reported student vaccination rates above 50 percent.. McNeese University (24 percent), Grambling State University (41 percent), Southeastern University […]

Louisiana residents are sleeping in tents because of damaged housing, lawmaker says

By: - September 20, 2021

Lafourche and Terrebonne parish residents displaced by Hurricane Ida have been sleeping in tents and “using the rubble to build their own sort of makeshift structure” since the storm made landfall last month, said Speaker Pro Tempore Tanner Magee during a legislative hearing Monday.  “And when I say tent, I’m not talking about like some […]

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Louisiana college students must submit vaccination information before next semester

By: - September 18, 2021

Twenty-seven of LSU’s total 34,000 students were dropped from LSU after not submitting proof of vaccination against COVID-19 or filling out an exemption waiver, which was due last Friday, Ernie Ballard, LSU’s spokesperson, said. Seventy-eight students were at risk of being dropped this week, but the other 51 students took “the necessary steps to remain part […]