Some oil industry lobbyists suspect lawmakers may eventually have to find a way to replace the lost federal revenue from the royalty sharing bill’s plan to divert more of those dollars to states, providing an opening for proposals to sell more offshore drilling leases that could bring in more cash.

Both schools needed to see at least a 10 point increase to their school performance score, but William J. Fischer managed to improve by 24 points. That makes it the most improved fully enrolled school in New Orleans, chief executive officer Adrian Morgan said.

The reason it went down was for political reasons independent of the actual nature of the legislation,” state Sen. Conrad Appel, R-Metairie, said Wednesday afternoon, referring to Senate Bill 130, which would have consolidated the state’s pre-K and day-care programs and assigned them letter grades based on performance.

The Baton Rouge-New Orleans region is one of 19 areas included in a $27 million settlement Wells Fargo N.A. will pay to the National Fair Housing Alliance to settle a federal housing discrimination complaint. Wells Fargo did not admit any wrongdoing under the settlement. The National Fair Housing Alliance, which described the deal as a collaboration with Wells Fargo, said the money will be used to help rebuild minority neighborhoods damaged by the foreclosure crisis and to promote diverse, inclusive communities.

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...