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Louisiana sees massive increases in education, literacy …

Details: Edwards said the increase in Louisiana’s higher education budget was the largest in the state’s history. Included is $31 million for faculty salaries, $15 million for needs-based aid, and major increases in capital outlay funding for deferred maintenance on campus building projects. “This was a strong session for public education

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Louisiana needs another 2,500 teachers: ‘This is a crisis for …

Details: Louisiana education leaders’ message to state lawmakers was clear: the teacher shortage in K-12 schools has reached emergency levels. “This is a crisis for us. We need more teachers,” Louisiana Commissioner of Higher Education Kim Hunter Reed told the House Education Committee during a hearing Thursday at the State Capitol.

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Louisiana governor pushes university faculty pay higher …

Details: Gov. John Bel Edwards restored a higher education faculty pay raise through vetoes on June 2, 2022. (Greg LaRose/Louisiana Illuminator) Gov. John Bel Edwards has used his veto power to give higher education faculty a larger pay raise than the one legislators approved last month. Edwards restored funding for the LSU, Southern University and the

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State money could follow struggling students to private …

Details: The Department of Education anticipates the program will cost almost $224,000 annually, according to the bill’s fiscal note. Hewitt’s bill passed out of a Senate education committee by a 5-1 vote. “Not every child learns the same, and perhaps the child is in a school where the school is failing the child in terms of teaching them to read

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Louisiana’s latest budget proposal: Bridges prioritized, …

Details: Higher education faculty pay raises reduced from 5% to 3% In the current budget plan, legislators are lowering the governor’s higher education faculty pay raise from 5% to 3% for the coming school year, Cortez said. That reduces the overall funding for the pay raise from a total $31.7 million to $21.2 million in the next budget cycle.

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Gov. Edwards vetoes education savings account, anti …

Details: By: Greg LaRose - June 20, 2022 5:22 pm. Gov. John Bel Edwards issued vetoes Monday, June 20, 2022, on 17 more bills approved in the 2022 legislative session. (Canva image) Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Monday he has vetoed 17 bills from the regular legislative session, his most extensive list of rejections to date.

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LSU handles alcohol, drug violations only with arrests, …

Details: In addition to LSU, Louisiana Illuminator reviewed Clery Act data from 2018-2020 for the University of Louisiana-Lafayette, University of Louisiana-Monroe, McNeese State, Southeastern Louisiana, Southern, Louisiana Tech, Grambling State, Tulane, Northwestern State, the University of New Orleans and LSU-Shreveport. Louisiana Tech recorded 157 arrests and 78 cases of in-house …

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School discipline needs an overhaul. We can start by …

Details: Education; 12:54 Commentary. Commentary School discipline needs an overhaul. We can start by banning corporal punishment. Maile Munson. June 28, 2022 12:54 pm. Louisiana is one of 19 states that still allow corporal punishment in school settings. More than 92,000 children are hit every year at school for infractions as minor as tardiness or

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Louisiana social studies standards, without critical race …

Details: Louisiana’s revised K-12 social studies standards, of which education Superintendent Cade Brumley said critical race theory “was not a component,” will likely be approved Wednesday by the state school board. “This is a really important body of work for our state and our children,” Brumley said. The standards include content and timelines for history classes taught in Louisiana public

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Gov. Edwards finishes bill signings, vetoes for the 2022 …

Details: Gov. John Bel Edwards has signed his last batch of bills from the 2022 legislative session into law and used his veto pen on six proposals. The governor enacted bills related to infrastructure, education, criminal law and civil liability. The legislation he rejected included measures on elections, charter schools and juvenile justice.

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Critical race theory bills killed in Louisiana Legislature

Details: 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 objection, which means only the committee can

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Louisiana’s new solar farm rules don’t apply to most existing solar

Details: A new law enacted to prevent “orphan” solar energy farms in Louisiana contains a carve-out that exempts most of the current solar farm projects in the state. House Bill 655, sponsored by Rep. Jean-Paul Coussan, R-Lafyatette, establishes decommissioning regulations for utility-scale solar projects, requiring companies to pay permitting fees

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Louisiana budget 2022-23: Winners and losers

Details: The Louisiana Legislature passed its final version of the 2022-2023 state budget proposal Thursday, totaling an unprecedented $47 billion with a focus on major bridge projects, increasing salaries for lower-paid government workers and paying off state debt. The state has billions of dollars in additional funding to spend in the fiscal year that starts July 1 thanks to the confluence of the

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Louisiana OB-GYN residents train at an abortion clinic. Now where …

Details: 2 days ago · The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education currently requires all OB-GYN residency programs in the country to provide access to abortion training, but the organization is considering adjustments to that rule in light of the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down the constitutional right to an abortion.

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Louisiana’s 2022 budget plan: 4 things you may have missed

Details: The Louisiana Legislature is expected Thursday to finalize its budget plan for fiscal year 2022-23. It includes a $1,500 annual pay raise for K-12 public school teachers, a 3% pay raise for state higher education faculty and wage increases for correctional officers and child welfare workers. Here are some aspects of the budget plan that might

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LGBTQ community in Louisiana want to see more community …

Details: 2 days ago · For Steven Knight, growing up Black, queer and Christian in Shreveport, Louisiana meant facing resistance toward who he was from conflicting parts of his community. His church told him gay people are going to go to hell. Black culture told him “being gay is a white thing,” he said. The media’s

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Louisiana bans abortion after Supreme Court ruling

Details: Louisiana anti-abortion advocates praised the Supreme Court’s ruling Friday. “This is the beginning of a post-Roe era and post-Roe Louisiana,” said Gene Mills, president of Louisiana Family Forum, a conservative Christian group that has pushed abortion restrictions for years. “I’ve been waiting for this moment my entire adult life.”.

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Baton Rouge abortion clinic resumes appointments, drawing the …

Details: The parking lot at Delta Clinic in Baton Rouge was nearly empty Tuesday afternoon, June 28, 2022. The facility, one of three that provides abortion services in Louisiana, had resumed seeing patients that morning, a day after a New Orleans judge placed a temporary stay on …

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Louisiana abortion ban temporarily lifted by New Orleans judge

Details: A state district judge in New Orleans on Monday temporarily lifted Louisiana’s abortion ban until July 8, when the court will consider a legal challenge to the ban from a Shreveport abortion clinic, the clinic’s administrator and a medical student abortion rights organization based at Tulane University. “Hoping to start procedures again

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Democratic governors call on Biden to use federal facilities for

Details: 1 day ago · A group of Democratic governors urged President Joe Biden on Friday to use federal facilities to provide access to abortions, following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision overturning Roe v. Wade last week. In a video conference with nine governors, including Kate …

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U.S. Supreme Court curbs federal power to regulate greenhouse …

Details: 2 days ago · The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday the Environmental Protection Agency does not have the authority to regulate greenhouse gases as pollutants, siding with a group of Republican attorneys general and coal companies in a major blow to the …

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AG Landry’s beef with Zuckerberg over election grants will be …

Details: The Louisiana Supreme Court has agreed to hear a lawsuit that Attorney General Jeff Landry filed against a nonprofit organization that tried to donate money to parish election officials across the state. The donations were used to pay for tents, water, signs and other basic supplies they needed to

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Louisiana Senate reshuffles committee assignments as Rick Ward …

Details: 1 day ago · Louisiana Senate President Page Cortez announced new committee assignments Friday due to the resignation of Sen. Rick Ward, R-Port Allen, pictured (left) in this June 18, 2022, photo answering a question from Sen. Bodi White, R-Central, about his congressional redistricting bill.

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Supreme Court blocks judge from drawing Louisiana's …

Details: The Supreme Court’s conservative majority has a recent history of undoing similar Voting Rights Act cases. Justices stayed a similar lower court ruling for Alabama’s congressional map in February without ruling on the merits. Although the Supreme Court did not combine the Louisiana case with Alabama’s, the two are very similar.

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Trump had to be physically restrained from joining Jan. 6 mob, …

Details: Donald Trump had to be held back from joining his enraged, rioting supporters — even after the president was told they were armed — in their assault on the U.S. Capitol, according to astonishing testimony to the Jan. 6 committee Tuesday from a …

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Expect abortion to remain a campaign issue, consultants say

Details: 1 day ago · Ryan Cross, a longtime Republican consultant and current healthcare lobbyist, generally agreed with Rainey’s assessment, but pointed out that abortion is no longer a theoretical campaign issue. “For decades now if you’re a local legislator saying you’re pro life, you say that on the stump. But then when you show up to work, you’re

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Louisiana abortion clinics resume services after judge temporarily

Details: The medical students in the lawsuit have also alleged that they won’t be able to get the education and training they need in Louisiana to become effective doctors. “They face even more difficulty being trained in techniques for abortion care and miscarriage management, as the doctors who conduct the training are uncertain of whether they

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5th Circuit stays redistricting ruling, throwing wrench into special

Details: A federal appellate panel has issued a temporary stay for a lower court ruling that called for the Louisiana Legislature to redraw the congressional districts it approved earlier this year. Gov. John Bel Edwards has called lawmakers into special session next week to meet the U.S. district court judge’s deadline for new maps, but the Republican leaders of the Louisiana Legislature want him to

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After overturning Roe, what’s next for anti-abortion groups

Details: 2 days ago · Wade has been overturned. While anti-abortion groups rejoiced at the news of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling, allowing abortion bans in Louisiana and other states to go into effect, they say their work is far from over. “No political victory is ever permanent, nor any defeat,” Gene Mills, president of Louisiana Family Forum, said.

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U.S. health secretary vows to protect abortion access, but says …

Details: People protest in response to the Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization ruling in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on June 24, 2022 in Washington, D.C. U.S. Health Secretary Xavier Bercerra said Tuesday, June 28, 2022, the federal government’s efforts to preserve abortion access will depend largely on how states decide to limit them.

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History made: Ketanji Brown Jackson sworn in as U.S. Supreme …

Details: 2 days ago · Ketanji Brown Jackson became the first Black woman justice on the U.S. Supreme Court after she was sworn in Thursday by Chief Justice John Roberts and her mentor, Associate Justice Stephen Breyer — whose retirement was official moments earlier. The swearing-in ceremony at the Supreme Court making Jackson’s place in history official took

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Louisiana among states where abortion was declining before …

Details: A recent survey from the Guttmacher Institute documented an 8% rise in the number of abortions performed in the U.S. from 2017 to 2020, reversing what had been a nearly three-decade decline in women opting to terminate their pregnancies.. But a closer look at the findings, drawn from a comprehensive survey of every known facility providing abortions in the U.S., reveals wide variation in

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AG Landry letter to doctors on abortion amounts to political …

Details: 1 day ago · Attorney General Jeff Landry sent a letter to a physician group this week telling them abortion in Louisiana is illegal after a New Orleans judge issued a stay on enforcement of the state's abortion ban. (Image via RLDF.org) A thoughtful reminder came from the desk of Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry ahead of the 4th of July weekend.

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Biden says he supports filibuster exception for abortion rights

Details: 2 days ago · WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Thursday said he supports an exception to the U.S. Senate filibuster in order to enshrine Roe v. Wade in federal law, after the Supreme Court last week struck down the case that established abortion as a constitutional right. “I believe we have to codify Roe v. Wade in the law, and the way to do that is

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After Supreme Court overturned Roe, LGBTQ advocates worry …

Details: SALEM, Oregon – The U.S. Supreme Court’s Friday ruling overturning Roe v. Wade doesn’t immediately affect access to reproductive health care in Oregon, but LGBTQ rights advocates fear other rights may now be in jeopardy. Abortion is protected as a right under the state Constitution, and codified in state law.

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U.S. Senate Democrats urge ‘bold action’ by Biden on abortion rights

Details: Most of the Democrats in the U.S. Senate have signed on to a letter to President Joe Biden pressing him to “take immediate action” to protect abortion rights, following the U.S. Supreme Court’s Friday ruling overturning Roe v. Wade. The one-page letter, led by Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray of

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U.S. Senate moves forward on gun safety legislation

Details: WASHINGTON — The Senate is poised to pass a bipartisan bill later this week that could become the most comprehensive federal gun safety legislation in years, including billions in new mental health funding. Senators on a procedural vote late Tuesday agreed 64-34 to start debate on the gun control bill, which would also have to be passed by

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