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Test scores show improvement among New Orleans students, but not state’s voucher recipients

State Superintendent John White said students appeared to struggle with new English questions aligned with so-called “common core” standards, a new testing regime that 25 different states have begun to adopt across the U.S.

At some point we have to determine whether the taxpayers are investing in an incentive program that is building a homegrown, self-sustaining industry as the legislation requires, or if it is simply subsidizing Hollywood. … To pull the rug out from the Louisiana businesses and thousands of film industry workers with a hastily developed quick fix is not prudent. But to ignore the growing cost of the program, its diminishing return on investment, and the industry’s tax-credit dependency in perpetuity is not in the best interest of Louisiana taxpayers or its entertainment industry.

A bill allowing the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center to embark on a significant expansion project on the New Orleans riverfront passed the Louisiana House on Wednesday, a day after it was stalled by a lack of support. The difference: work by Rep. Walt Leger, the sponsor of the bill, to convince his colleagues the measure would not require the state to spend any money on the projects.

The lawsuits claim a failed Texas Brine salt dome cavern caused the sinkhole last year that led to the evacuation of 350 people for more than nine months and counting. The evacuation ordered on Aug. 3 includes the northern Assumption Parish communities of Bayou Corne and Grand Bayou. The allegations blaming the cavern failure on the sinkhole mirror the suspicions of scientists working on the sinkhole for the state Office of Conservation.

“Our bill strikes the right balance between strengthening consumer confidence in the safety of chemicals, while also promoting innovation and the growth of an important sector of our economy,” said Sen. David Vitter, R-La., the top Republican on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. “

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About Mark Moseley

Mark Moseley blogs at Your Right Hand Thief. Until mid 2014, Mark Moseley was The Lens' opinion writer, engagement specialist and coordinator for the Charter Schools Reporting Corps. After Katrina and the Federal Flood he helped create the Rising Tide conference, which grew into an annual social media event dedicated to the future of New Orleans.