A Year At Homer Plessy: Paying For Pre-K | WWNO – Homer Plessy Community School has faced a number of obstacles during its first year as a new charter on St. Claude Ave.
An Education in School Choice in New Orleans | WSJ.com – Interactive information map of New Orleans schools.
Vouchers don’t do much for students | POLITICO.com – Studies of school voucher programs in cities such as New Orleans and Milwaukee cast significant doubt about their benefits to students.
Man claims false conviction in 1992 kidnapping, rape | The Advocate – John Simerman reports:
A New Orleans man who has spent nearly two decades in prison for robbing, kidnapping and raping a woman is claiming now that prosecutors at his 1996 trial ignored obvious evidence that someone else did the crimes.
New Orleans shaken by 7 days of gun violence | NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune – New Orleanians are on edge after gun violence during the past week killed six and wounded nine. “The shootings — several in broad daylight, near busy thoroughfares or bustling street corners — have sent little kids to emergency rooms with bullet wounds to their faces and mothers searching for answers.”
However, as WWL-TV reports, the city is on pace to have its lowest murder rate since 2006.
Extended solitary confinement of Angola 3 inmate ‘amounts to torture,’ UN expert says | NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune – A United Nations official said prison officials should release Angola Three member Albert Woodfox from solitary confinement. He has spent the past forty years there.
Foundation to build headquarters at Lee Circle | The New Orleans Advocate – The Greater New Orleans Foundation plans to replace an abandoned gas station at Lee Circle with a Center for Philanthropy, which will serve as a new headquarters and provide office space to nonprofits.
New Orleans’ Public Art Scene Is Wild and We Have The Map | Curbed NOLA – A current and easy-to-use map of public art in the city.
Government & Politics
State has more than $2M budget gap for elections | The Greater Baton Rouge Business Report – “According to an update from the Legislature’s fiscal analysts, the Secretary of State’s Office received a $2.7 million budget to pay for elections this year. But the Legislative Fiscal Office says the secretary of state’s expenses are estimated to double that, reaching $5.4 million.”
New Orleans judges deny there are too many of them | The New Orleans Advocate
Last month’s report by the Bureau of Governmental Research was the latest in a long line of studies to suggest cutting back on the city’s judiciary, which numbers 45 judges spread across seven courts.
On Tuesday, the stream of judges called the report’s findings “flawed,” “faulty,” “short-sighted” and “drastic.” They urged a committee tasked with deciding how many of them should remain on the bench come next fall to proceed slowly and cautiously.
Bureau of Governmental Research President Janet Howard sat in the audience, occasionally shaking her head.
BP still trying to minimize the size of the Deepwater Horizon spill: Editorial | NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune – The editors urge us to remember that BP has spent the past three years trying to minimize estimates of the amount of oil that spilled from their Macondo well in 2010.
The Government Shutdown Is Hammering Hunters, Fishers, And Their Communities | ThinkProgress – Hunters and anglers are alarmed as federal wildlife refuges are closed during the government shutdown.