Louisiana close to updating name, image, likeness law to pay college athletes

BY: - May 26, 2022

Legislation that would allow Louisiana universities and their deep-pocketed supporters to pay student-athletes directly was approved Thursday in House of Representatives with a 93-4 vote. All that is left is Senate concurrence on amendments before the governor will consider an update to the state’s name, image and likeness (NIL) law Senate Bill 250, authored by Sen. […]

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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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Bill to prevent vaccine status discrimination shelved by author

BY: - May 25, 2022

A bill that would have protected unvaccinated Louisiana residents from discrimination was voluntarily shelved by its author on the Louisiana House floor Wednesday. House Bill 253, sponsored by Rep. Kathy Edmonston, R-Gonzales, would amend several existing discrimination statutes, adding vaccination or immunity status as a protected class. Edmonston said to the House that she is […]

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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” […]

‘Hunger-free campus’ program for Louisiana colleges advances in Legislature

BY: - May 25, 2022

Louisiana college students struggling with hunger could soon get support from their universities.  House Bill 888, which establishes the “Hunger-Free Campus” program, advanced Wednesday from the state Senate Education Committee. According to a HOPE Center survey, four out of 10 Louisiana college students reported being food insecure, which the federal government defines as someone in […]

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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 lawmakers approve study of university tenure policy

BY: - May 24, 2022

The House gave final passage Monday to a resolution to study tenure policies at universities in Louisiana. Senate Concurrent Resolution 6, sponsored by Sen. Stewart Cathey, R-Monroe, creates the Task Force on Tenure in Postsecondary Education. The task force would report back to lawmakers with suggestions on changing tenure policies in the state. The resolution […]

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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, […]