State ratings will factor heavily in the superintendent’s school closure recommendations released next week.
Constitutional Amendment 2, which repeals Louisiana's non-unanimous jury law, passed with wide support across the state.
For the second time, The Lens has joined ProPublica's Electionland, a coalition of newsrooms around the country that are covering problems that prevent eligible voters from casting their ballots during the 2018 elections.
Shawanda Holmes' son had lead levels four times above national standards. She later found out a state program had already identified hazards at her house, but it appears the state never followed up.
Economists who spoke to The Lens say a UNO economic impact study on short-term rentals appears to have been prepared to benefit the industry. When it comes to impact reports, that is not uncommon. UNO refused to provide the data behind the report or a larger report on tourism in New Orleans.
Noble Minds appeals to kids with disabilities with therapy, social-emotional classes and a no-suspensions disciplinary policy. A number of New Orleans schools have put a greater emphasis on serving all students, including those with disabilities.
We know about the scheme to pay people to show up at meetings to support a new natural gas plant in New Orleans. But that was just a fraction of more than a million dollars the utility spent to burnish Entergy’s reputation, script support and monitor opponents.
Nationwide, millions of lead tests kits were recalled since last year due to the risk of falsely low results. Children's Hospital of New Orleans used the faulty kits, possibly affecting hundreds of kids. The problem affects children whose tests showed a low or slightly elevated level.
Brady LaFleur, who has autism and Down syndrome, has spent much of the last year learning one-on-one in a special room in the old McDonogh 35 building. Now the building is being gutted. Brady needs a new space to accommodate him, and the school district isn’t going to find it for him.
Documents released to the city council cast doubt on Entergy’s contention that it didn’t know supporters would be paid to show up at public meetings to promote the power plant. An Entergy employee was told of allegations three times, as early as October. Documents also contradict the PR firm’s contention that it didn’t know, either.