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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 […]

K-12 schools — not the state — are deciding what parents know about COVID-19 outbreaks

BY: - August 19, 2020

Azadeh Yazdi, a Lafayette parent of a fifth-grade student, is frustrated with the protocols that the Lafayette Parish School System has put in place to report positive COVID-19 case. Yazdi said, as a whole, school officials have unfairly left parents out of the conversation about how schools should reopen. According to a re-opening plan that […]

Louisiana ranked next to last in quality of its schools

BY: - July 28, 2020

When measured against the other states and Washington, D.C., Louisiana’s school systems rank 50 out of 51 in the quality, according to WalletHub, a personal finance website based in the nation’s capital. “Unlike other research that focuses primarily on academic outcomes or school finance, WalletHub’s analysis takes a more comprehensive approach,” said Adam McCann, WalletHub […]

Vice President Mike Pence

White House leans on Louisiana to reopen schools

BY: - July 15, 2020

BATON ROUGE — Vice President Mike Pence visited the Louisiana State University campus Tuesday to meet with the state’s top leaders to discuss reopening schools next month. Pence’s message was clear: the White House wants Louisiana to fully open all its schools despite the state’s high rate of COVID-19 cases. Pence arrived on Air Force […]

Louisiana Key Academy welcomes students back to in-person instruction

BY: - July 9, 2020

While many Louisiana schools and school districts are still figuring out if they’ll have in-person instruction, online instruction or a mix of the two in August, Louisiana Key Academy, a Baton Rouge charter school, is scheduled to start in-person instruction for its students today, July 9.  Created as a campus to focus on the needs […]

State board gives 5 companies $140 million off next year’s property taxes

BY: - June 26, 2020

The Louisiana Board of Commerce and Industry on Wednesday approved tax breaks for multiple Louisiana companies worth more than $148 million next year alone under a program critics call “corporate welfare.” Wednesday’s meeting was the first time the board had met for a full agenda since the COVID-19 pandemic reached the state, and the members […]

State superintendent and health director to discuss re-opening schools

BY: - June 24, 2020

Louisiana State Superintendent of Education Cade Brumley and Department of Health Secretary Courtney Phillips will participate in a public discussion 6 p.m. Thursday about the state’s plans, guidelines and guidance related to the reopening of K-12 schools. In response to a question at his Monday afternoon news conference, Gov. John Bel Edwards said, “It is our […]