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Louisiana House votes to ban ‘vaccine passports’ that don’t exist yet

Louisiana schools that require COVID vaccine could soon face lawsuits

BY: - June 6, 2022

Public schools and government agencies that require COVID-19 vaccinations could face lawsuits from anyone barred entry for failing to comply, according to a proposal the Louisiana Legislature approved Monday. House Bill 54, authored by Rep. Larry Bagley, R-Stonewall, passed the House and Senate after multiple rounds of amendments. Bagley, a retired educator, chairs the House […]

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TOPS eligibility eased for students affected by Hurricane Ida

BY: - June 3, 2022

The Louisiana Legislature passed a bill that would modify eligibility requirements for Louisiana’s free college tuition program. Senate Bill 178, authored by Sen. Cleo Fields, D-Baton Rouge, would waive certain GPA requirements for the state’s TOPS program and extend deadlines for turning in ACT scores to universities. The bill would also prevent students who transferred […]

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Author kills Louisiana’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill

BY: - June 1, 2022

For now, Louisiana teachers will still be allowed to discuss sexual orientation and gender identity in K-12 classrooms. Rep. Dodie Horton, R-Haughton, author of what’s been labeled Louisiana’s “Don’t Say Gay” legislation, told the Illuminator she has voluntarily shelved her bill for this legislative session.  Her bill would have made it illegal for schools to […]

Louisiana House votes to ban ‘vaccine passports’ that don’t exist yet

Schools, public agencies that require vaccinations could be sued under Louisiana proposal

BY: - May 31, 2022

Public schools and government agencies that require vaccinations could face lawsuits from anyone who’s barred entry for failing to comply, according to a proposal advancing in the Louisiana Legislature. House Bill 54, authored by Rep. Larry Bagley, R-Stonewall, advanced from a state Senate committee Tuesday by a 4-2 vote. Bagley, a retired educator, chairs the […]

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Louisiana lawmakers encouraged to serve as substitute teachers

BY: - May 26, 2022

Louisiana students may soon see their local state representative as their new substitute teacher. The state House of Representatives unanimously passed House Resolution 99 Thursday. It requests each House member to volunteer as a substitute teacher in a public school. “Most of us have been sitting on the bench, and now’s the time when the […]

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Corporal punishment ban passes in Louisiana House on 3rd try

BY: - May 25, 2022

Despite two failed previous attempts to pass the legislation, the Louisiana House passed a ban on corporal punishment in public schools unless a parent or guardian provides written consent. House Bill 649, authored by Rep. Stephanie Hilferty, R-New Orleans, would outlaw “the use of physical force that causes pain or discomfort to discipline a student” […]

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Top Texas Republicans push for more armed teachers, police after Uvalde shooting

BY: - May 25, 2022

In the hours after a gunman killed more than 20 people at a South Texas elementary school Tuesday, the state’s top Republicans sought to immediately squelch the possibility of gun control measures in the wake of yet another mass shooting. As the death toll mounted from the shooting at Robb Elementary in Uvalde and President […]

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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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Transgender athlete ban approved in Louisiana House

BY: - May 17, 2022

The Louisiana House of Representatives passed a bill Tuesday that would prohibit transgender athletes from competing according to their gender identity. Senate Bill 44, sponsored by Sen. Beth Mizell, R-Franklinton, is titled the “Fairness in Women’s Sports Act.” It would require athletes from the elementary through college level to compete based on their sex at […]

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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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COVID vaccine will remain a requirement for Louisiana students

BY: - May 12, 2022

The Senate Health and Welfare committee rejected a House resolution Wednesday to repeal a state rule requiring COVID vaccines for students. The committee voted 4-3 against the resolution. Its vote will allow the Louisiana Health Department to add the COVID vaccine to a list of required immunizations for students aged 16 and up. Rep. Larry Bagley, […]