Education

Legislator defers bill that would prohibit schools from giving names of contagious students to health department

BY: - October 20, 2020

Rep. Beryl Amedée, R-Houma, withdrew a bill that would have blocked schools from sending the names of students with infectious diseases to the Louisiana Department of Health.  Amedée voluntarily deferred her bill after it was brought up by the House Health and Welfare Committee Tuesday morning. “At this time, because of the shortness and quickness […]

Bill addressing discipline in virtual classrooms is changed to cover only students who’ve been recommended for expulsion

BY: - October 19, 2020

A bill that would have given the right to a hearing to all Louisiana students who are suspended or recommended for expulsion for an alleged virtual classroom infraction was amended Monday to include only students who’ve been recommended for expulsion.  Students who’ve had recommendations for expulsion reduced to a suspension would also be covered, which […]

House passes qualified immunity bill

Bill to prohibit schools from giving names of contagious students to health department stalls on House floor

BY: - October 19, 2020

Louisiana House lawmakers spent much of Monday afternoon debating a bill that would prohibit schools from reporting the names of  students who have infectious diseases to the Louisiana Department of Health. After that debate, a sizable majority of the House members decided to redirect the bill back to the House Health & Welfare Committee. House […]

Louisiana families could receive a tax break for COVID-19 tutors

BY: - October 19, 2020

The Louisiana Legislature is close to passing a tax break for families that hired tutors to help their students with virtual schooling supplied by a public or accredited private school as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The tutor would have to have been hired between March 13 and Dec. 31, 2020. The tax break […]

COMMENTARY

Where’s Louisiana Tech’s loyalty to professors whose opinions provoke death threats?

BY: - October 19, 2020

By Andrew C. McKevitt Louisiana Tech’s motto is “Ever Loyal Be.” This month I learned those words come with an asterisk. When a politically motivated outrage mob deliberately twisted and misrepresented my words in an effort to get me fired and chill free speech on college campuses, Louisiana Tech’s leaders caved. In the process they […]

Clay Schexnayder

Louisiana lawmakers poised to give themselves seats on high school athletics board

BY: - October 14, 2020

The Louisiana House Education Committee approved a bill that would put two lawmakers on the Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s executive committee. The LHSAA is a nonprofit organization that serves as the governing authority for high school athletics across the state.  The association receives no money from the state and has been deemed a private […]

Virtual learning doesn’t stop discriminatory discipline, attorney says

BY: - October 8, 2020

When Ku’Mauri Harrison’s little brother tripped over BB gun while Ku’Mauri was taking a test in his virtual classroom, he set off a series of events that led to Ku’Mauri’s suspension from Woodmere Elementary School in Jefferson Parish, general outrage from the public and an appearance before a friendly Louisiana House Education Committee that moved […]

House passes qualified immunity bill

Lawmakers vote to give $157 million to oil companies and bypass school boards

BY: - October 6, 2020

A Louisiana House of Representatives Committee narrowly passed a bill Monday that muddies the state’s corporate tax exemption laws by creating a potential loophole that could allow companies to bypass some local entities when seeking property tax credits. Furthermore, in a separate bill, the same lawmakers voted to give away $157 million in additional tax credits […]

Lake Charles after Hurricane Laura

Lawmakers will favorably report bills serving Hurricane Laura-affected parishes

BY: - October 2, 2020

The Senate education committee will favorably report a bill that would prevent parishes affected by Hurricane Laura from losing any money from the state education funding formula called the Minimum Foundation Program. This bill would prevent financial deductions based on decreases in student enrollment because of Hurricane Laura. The committee also will favorably report a […]

Clay Schexnayder

Legislators may sit on LHSAA’s executive committee

BY: - October 1, 2020

The Senate education committee approved a bill that would put four legislators on the Louisiana High School Athletics Association’s executive committee. SB 11 states that if any school athletic organization receives funds from the government, the president of the Senate, the speaker of the House, and the chairmen of the Senate and House committees on […]

Louisiana’s COVID-19 restrictions too onerous, Republican lawmakers tell state health officials

BY: - September 30, 2020

Pushing back against Louisiana lawmakers who believe that the state’s continuing COVID-19 restrictions are disproportionate to the threat, Dr. Jimmy Guidry, state health officer for the Louisiana Department of Health spoke ominously Wednesday of infections yet to come:  “I predict there’s going to be another spike, and it’s going to be in flu season,  and […]

Jeff Landry sues ULM med school over vaccine mandate

Attorney General Jeff Landry is challenging Louisiana public schools and health department

BY: - September 26, 2020

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry challenged public schools and the Louisiana Department of Health on Sept. 24 over COVID-19 case reporting and disciplinary concerns. Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry tweeted Thursday that he believes Gov. John Bel Edwards ordered the state health agency “to have schools report specific healthcare information on your child without your […]