Charter leader employs six relatives; two may violate state ethics law | The Lens – Friends of King Schools employs six relatives of CEO Doris Roché-Hicks, including her sister, daughter, son-in-law and grandson, and two of those jobs appear to violate state law banning nepotism in government and schools.
New study says Louisiana charter students outperforming peers | The Advocate – A new study shows that over 40 percent of charter students in Louisiana boast greater increases in test scores versus students in district schools.
Our student loan system is broken, and these new statistics prove it – Jordan Weissmann | The Atlantic – Student loans are crippling young earners with high debt loads. Many are defaulting. Part of the problem might be that “less sophisticated borrowers” are not aware of the variety of repayment plans that are available.
Let death fall upon the James Magees of the world naturally: James Varney | NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune – Columnist James Varney proposes a simple solution to a lawsuit alleging heat index temperatures at Angola prison’s Death Row building are cruel and unusual. “This lawsuit has come about because of Death Row; a monstrous thing that has begat a monstrous building. An easy solution is to get rid of the death penalty and Death Row. “
N.O. City Council passes ordinances on NOPD’s off-duty work | The Advocate –
After months of delay, the New Orleans City Council gave its blessing Thursday to a pair of regulations aimed at cleaning up the notorious “aorta of corruption” flowing through the New Orleans Police Department — despite continued controversy over the true extent of the problem and divisions among city and federal officials over how to address it.
Once-bustling Tulane Avenue is a hub for prostitution and crime, hindering its revival | NOLA.com – City officials are hopeful about the renewal of the Tulane Avenue corridor, “led by construction of a $2 billion medical complex expected to create 17,000 well-paying jobs.”
Real estate frenzy near soon-to-be biomedical district | wwltv.com New Orleans – “Investors are scooping up real estate around Mid-City’s soon-to-be biomedical district. People are already flipping houses and putting them on the market hoping to make a profit.”
Flood fighters take FEMA on tour to delay rate hikes | NOLA DEFENDER – U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu stressed to federal officials that Louisiana has sacrificed itself for the nation, and should get a reprieve from massive flood insurance rate increases.
“I don’t think there’s any other state in America that’s been as disrupted by the federal government as ours–the channeling of the Mississippi River is causing us to sink. That was the federal leveeing of the river to provide commerce for everyone in the nation and world,” Landrieu continued, adding points about Louisiana’s oil and gas industry. “Then when we go to ask the federal government to share a small portion, they tell us no and our risk goes up more.”
A DHECC road map | American Zombie – Blogger Jason Berry presents a video and charts that explain his understanding of how the Deepwater Horizon Economic Claims Center, and its private contractors, processes claims for oil spill-related damages.
Government & Politics
SADOW: There’s Even More To Yvonne Dorsey-Colomb’s Fraudulent NGO | The Hayride – The Colomb Foundation is a nongovernmental organization that has received state money and, according to LSU-Shreveport political science professor Jeff Sadow, the organization “has never been in good standing with the IRS.”
Stephanie Grace: Compromisers like Alexander a dying breed | The Advocate – Grace contends that compromisers like U.S. Rep. Rodney Alexander, who resigned earlier this week, are in short supply in Washington D.C..