Civil rights complaint filed against New Orleans charter group Collegiate Academies | NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune – A group called the Better Education Support Team claims the school’s disciplinary policies violate federal law and verge on abuse.
Cohen Alumni Association sues state to stop toxic build | The Louisiana Weekly
[Walter L. Cohen Alumni Association President James] Raby said he wants to know why the RSD is “hell-bent” on rebuilding Booker T. Washington on a contaminated site, and relocating the Cohen College Prep kids, as opposed to renovating or rebuilding Cohen on its current, uncontaminated site.
Raby argues that the Cohen site is also located in an area that is safer, quieter, and more suitable for a school.
Why are black students being paddled more in the public schools? | Hechinger Report – There were nearly 5,000 reported counts of corporal punishment in Louisiana schools in 2011-12.
State education board backs Superintendent John White with positive evaluation | NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune – BESE affirmed its support for White, who maintains his support for Common Core while Gov. Bobby Jindal has changed his views on the standards.
Yards paved to make un-permitted parking spaces dominate One Stop agenda | The Lens – The city notified the building owner of the violations five years ago. The adjudication hearing is set for tomorrow. Fines could come to $500 a day.
Number Crunching | Curbed NOLA – Rent as a percentage of income has risen to 35 percent in New Orleans, from a historical average of 14 percent. This comes from a New York Times article titled “In Many Cities, Rent Is Rising Out of Reach of Middle Class. ”
Scientists fear BP blowout killed far more birds than officially reported | The Lens – Birds killed by BP oil could number in the hundreds of thousands.
As La. Coast Recedes, Battle Rages Over Who Should Pay | NPR – Who should pay for man-made coastal loss? And should the courts decide? NPR looks at the crux of the debate over the historic lawsuit against oil and gas, spearheaded by John Barry, author and former vice president of the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East.
Four years after BP spill, questions linger | Tri-Parish Times – A Grand Isle shrimp buyer laments that since the BP oil spill “Louisiana got all the oil and Florida got the money.”
Coast Guard, BP end ‘active cleanup’ of Louisiana’s coast, nearly four years after 2010 spill | NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune
The move could raise concerns from local officials in coastal parishes and from state authorities, who have at times criticized BP’s response.
Jefferson Parish Council Chairman Chris Roberts said additional cleanup will be needed as hurricanes and other weather events unearth more oil along the coast. Jefferson includes Grand Isle, which was affected by the spill.
Government & Politics
Bill backed by Mayor Landrieu would extend deadline for new civil courthouse | The Lens – The bill also would allow court fees to fund the relocation of Civil District Court to the old Charity building.
Live blog: Senate committee considers bill giving governor more control over levee board | The Lens – The bill is one of several filed in response to the levee board’s lawsuit against oil and gas companies.
The state of the GOP | Greater Baton Rouge Business Report – The cover story from the latest Business Report begins: “Louisiana was among the last Deep South states to turn deep red, but when it happened, it happened quickly.”
The Louisiana Approach | NOLA DEFENDER – “Although same-sex marriages are not recognized in Missouri, the state allows couples to file state and federal taxes jointly.” Not so in Louisiana, where critics say the state forces married same-sex couples to basically file fake federal income tax returns.
Listen Up Louisiana! Mississippi moving ahead with criminal justice reform | The Louisiana Weekly – Louisiana ACLU executive director Marjorie Esman notes that Louisiana’s neighbor aims to pass sentencing reforms and other measures, modeled after new laws in Texas. Where will that leave the Bayou State?
Rehab preps Pointe Coupee inmates for release | The Advocate – A six-week rehabilitation program covers “10 subject areas ranging from anger management to parenting to job-finding and personal banking skills, according to the center’s warden, Captain Stephen Juge.”