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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.

Gov. John Bel Edwards calls AP report on his knowledge of Ronald Greene’s death ‘false’

By: - February 1, 2022

Gov. John Bel Edwards said insinuations in an Associated Press report that he kept quiet after learning about Ronald Greene’s death in May 2019 following a car chase with Louisiana State Police are “simply and categorically false.” Police body camera video of the incident, which happened outside Monroe, was released more than a year later […]

Louisiana schools, teachers to get hurricane preparedness guidance

By: - February 1, 2022

After back-to-back years with two of the strongest hurricanes in state history, the Louisiana Department of Education has launched a storm prep pane. It’s tasked with creating a set of guidelines to help teachers and administrators run schools hurricane hits in the middle of the academic year. The education department’s Hurricane Preparedness Commission will provide […]

New Board of Regents administrator has professors concerned about job security

By: - January 27, 2022

A new addition to the staff at the Louisiana Board of Regents has turned the heads of some professors at state colleges. Dr. Tristan Denley, deputy commissioner of academic affairs and innovation, comes from the University of Georgia System where he helped institute a controversial performance review policy for tenured academics. Professors with tenure typically […]

Union leaders: Proposed pay raise for Louisiana teachers not enough

By: - January 25, 2022

Gov. John Bel Edwards has proposed pay raises for K-12 teachers and support staff in the state budget for the second year in a row, and leaders of Louisiana’s teachers unions say it’s a step in the right direction. But they admit it falls well short of what’s needed to address a chronic teacher shortage […]

Southern narrows president-chancellor search to 3 finalists

By: - January 25, 2022

Southern University has narrowed the search for its next president and chancellor to three finalists. They will take part in a final round of interviews next week. The finalist are: Laurence Alexander, chancellor of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Walter Kimbrough, president of Dillard University in New Orleans Dennis Shields, chancellor of the […]

Louisiana State Police second-in-command placed on leave for ‘sanitizing’ cell phone

State senators push policy changes to add accountability for Louisiana State Police

By: - January 24, 2022

The leader of the oversight body for Louisiana State Police said it will consider policy changes in response to recent allegations of troopers using excessive force. The Louisiana State Police Commission will look at its rules for body-worn cameras, placing troopers on probation and how incidents involving state police are reported, commission chairman Eulius Simien […]

Lawsuit challenging early end to Louisiana unemployment benefits dismissed

By: - January 21, 2022

A lawsuit that challenged Gov. John Bel Edwards’ decision to end additional unemployment benefits early was dismissed Wednesday from a state court in Baton Rouge. A group of unemployed Louisiana residents filed the suit in July after Edwards and the Louisiana Legislature agreed to end the federal government’s $300 weekly supplemental unemployment benefits five weeks […]

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More COVID-19 in Louisiana now than ever before, state health officials say

By: - January 20, 2022

The amount of COVID-19 in Louisiana is higher now than it ever has been at any point in the pandemic, state officials said during Gov. John Bel Edwards’ press conference Thursday afternoon. Louisiana will be at elevated levels of COVID-19 cases, percent positive test results and hospitalizations “for quite a while,” Edwards said. “The risk […]

Less than half of Louisiana K-3 students reading at or above grade level

By: - January 19, 2022

Reading skills for more than half of Louisiana’s kindergarten through third-grade students were below grade level last fall, according to a Louisiana Department of Education report. On the upside, data shared Tuesday at a Board of Elementary and Secondary Education meeting also showed more students reached grade-level status or above as they advanced each year.      […]

Despite teachers’ COVID sickout, East Baton Rouge schools stay in-person

By: - January 12, 2022

East Baton Rouge Parish public schools will continue in-person learning despite a recent surge in COVID-19 cases and more than 700 teachers calling out sick in protest.  Superintendent Sito Narcisse said in a statement to the Louisiana Illuminator that the school system’s current COVID-19 mitigation measures – including mandatory masking, weekly mandatory staff testing, deep […]

Louisiana teachers union stages sickout, demands classes go virtual

By: - January 11, 2022

Teachers in the East Baton Rouge branch of the Louisiana Association of Educators announced a planned “sickout” Wednesday to protest the school system’s response to the recent COVID-19 surge and teacher shortages this semester. “Our staff is experiencing burnout, and our students are not getting the education they need and deserve with all of these […]

As Southern’s campus crumbles into the Mississippi River, solutions will cost more than expected

By: - January 11, 2022

The damage from the erosion of Southern University at Baton Rouge’s campus, located on a bend of the Mississippi River, has only gotten worse since the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers examined it last year. Erosion has already cost Southern a bridge that connected the residential area to the main campus and a significant piece […]