Among those indicted is former Atlanta superintendent Beverly Hall, who in 2009 was crowned the national superintendent of the year. This means that a grand jury has found there is enough evidence for a prosecutor to proceed with a criminal case against the educators. WSB-TV in Atlanta reports that 35 Atlanta Public Schools educators have been charged with racketeering and “Hall has also been charged with false statements and writing, theft by taking and false swearing.”

“Quality of Life,” is a treacherously ambiguous term.  It calls for an examination of whose definition of quality and whose life we use as a reference point.  For a street musician, who has played the same corner of Royal St. for twenty years, quality of life requires an income, an audience and the right to create, on that spot, the music and culture in which this city claims to take pride.

Metairie State Representative Joe Lopinto (R) has filed a bill sought by the Jefferson Parish Council and Sheriff Newell Normand to allow for the sale or lease of the parish’s two public hospitals without a public vote. Normand also is Chairman of the East Jefferson General Hospital Board. Current state law prohibits the sale or lease of EJGH or West Jeff Medical Center without a public vote.

“The “overcollections fund” is a device to allow one-time windfalls of money to be used in the operating budget, and to shift money from other accounts — recurring or not — into a fake general fund. We say “fake” because it is inherently unstable, the opposite…  of the actual general fund.”

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...