Lake Charles after Hurricane Laura

School districts affected by Hurricanes Laura, Delta revise their academic calendar

BY: - November 17, 2020

The Calcasieu and Cameron parish school boards announced updated academic calendars that would extend their school year to make up for time lost due to two hurricanes and an ongoing pandemic. Students in Cameron Parish will end their school year on May 27 now, while students in Calcasieu Parish will end their school year in […]

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LSU hires law firm to review sexual misconduct policies after negative report

BY: - November 16, 2020

LSU officials announced they have hired a law firm to conduct an independent review of its sexual misconduct policies in the wake of a USA Today investigation in which several female students said violence and sexual assault perpetrated by football players and other male students had been ignored by the school.   Federal laws and LSU’s […]

Louisiana commerce board approves tax exemption for Folger despite allegation that company used tax loophole

BY: - November 16, 2020

The Louisiana Board of Commerce and Industry on Friday approved $220 million of single-year industrial tax exemptions, including 13 exemptions for Folger Coffee Company that  might allow the coffee giant to avoid paying as much as $12 million in back taxes to New Orleans.  Board members approved nearly $4 million in first-year tax breaks for […]

Calcasieu Parish public schools’ academic calendar could extend to early June

BY: - November 9, 2020

The Calcasieu Parish School Board is scheduled to vote on a proposed change to the system’s school calendar Tuesday that, starting Nov. 30, would add 30 more minutes to each school day.  Even with those added minutes, a school year interrupted by two hurricanes and an ongoing pandemic wouldn’t end before early June.    “Staff has […]

Lake Charles after Hurricane Laura

Calcasieu Parish reopens 66 public schools after Hurricane Laura

BY: - November 6, 2020

More than two months after Hurricane Laura, a Category 4 storm that heavily damaged 74 Calcasieu Parish public schools, the school board has reopened 66 public schools. “The reopening process is going really well,” Holly Holland, the public information officer for the Calcasieu Parish School Board, said. “Our students, faculty, and staff have all been […]

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Louisiana’s constitutional amendment results

BY: - November 4, 2020

The following table contains the unofficial election results of seven Louisiana constitutional amendments as of 11:59 p.m. Tuesday. At that time, all but one precinct had reported its vote tallies. An additional constitutional amendment regarding sports wagering is specific to each voter’s home parish, the results of which can be found on the Louisiana Secretary […]

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Medical marijuana won’t be allowed in Louisiana schools anytime soon

BY: - October 24, 2020

A bill that would have required BESE to study the feasibility of allowing medical marijuana to be provided at schools and prescribe rules and regulations died in the Louisiana House Friday. Between its introduction and the end of session,the bill was changed from one that would allow students with a prescription to receive medical marijuana […]

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Louisiana high school football stadiums can now seat fans at 50 percent capacity

BY: - October 22, 2020

High school sports stadiums in some parishes can operate at 50 percent capacity starting Friday, Gov. John Bel Edwards said during a Thursday afternoon press conference. The new order applies only to stadiums in parishes that have had a 5 percent or less positivity rate for COVID-19 infection for the previous two weeks. As of […]

Virtual school discipline bill sent to Gov. John Bel Edwards’ desk

BY: - October 21, 2020

A bill that would require school districts to write disciplinary policies for online learning and to give families more options to appeal expulsion recommendations was sent to Gov. John Bel Edwards’ desk Wednesday. The “Ku’Mauri Harrison Act” would give students who’ve been recommended for expulsion, even if the punishment is later was reduced to a […]

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 […]