Common Core sample test questions unveiled | The Advocate
State Superintendent of Education John White said the tests will ask students to reason and explain their responses rather than the traditional bubble exams.
“The intellectual challenge is better,” White told reporters. “The questions are going to ask kids to do multiple acts of analysis rather than just one simple task.”
KIPP New Orleans charter school employee embezzled $70,000, audit says | NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune – Documents show a fired KIPP employee admitted to taking payments meant for vendors.
The Louisiana Department of Education rushed and ruined the implementation of Common Core, on purpose and for quick cash | Crazy Crawfish’s Blog – Blogger Jason France unloads both barrels of speculation in this one. He presents a timeline of Common Core in Louisiana, and questions the state’s immediate adoption and botched implementation of the new standards. He doesn’t see how funds the state received to implement the program could have been used, since most transitional responsibilities were unloaded on local districts. Environment
Scientific studies funded by BP start to yield results | The Louisiana Weekly – Over a third of the $500 million that BP pledged to fund scientific studies on oil spill effects has been distributed. Among the preliminary findings from the studies: Computer models suggest the state’s 2010 decision to open river diversions to flush away oncoming BP oil from Barataria Bay didn’t work.
Climatologist: When Souped-Up Ocean Warming Ends, ‘Global Temperatures Look Set To Rise Rapidly’ | ThinkProgress – An expert says climate factors suggest that the next El Nino wind pattern— which could occur this summer— will precede a significant rise in land temperatures . Government & Politics
Legislator to try again for increase in property tax to benefit fire, police spending | The Lens – A proposed 1.5 mill increase in for fire and police departments would cost a $200,000 home owner $31 per year.
The Koch brothers’ group is getting involved in Louisiana’s Obamacare fight | Washington Post
Fighting Medicaid expansion in Louisiana will be one of the state AFP [Americans For Prosperity] chapter’s top priorities during the session. Others include: tort reform, education reform that protects or strengthens state rights and weakens federal control, reducing government regulations, and opposing tax increases.
Sen. Mary Landrieu – on the ropes, or playing rope-a-dope? | Fox News – Landrieu, who is no stranger to tight races, appears to be in another one.
Tammany panel calls for more audits, rejects idea of full Inspector General office | The New Orleans Advocate – It’s fun to see North Shore residents debate whether to adopt a “New Orleans model” of government accountability. Land Use
No place to pee? Guidry promises more public port-a-potties for Endymion | Mid-City Messenger – Council member Susan Guidry will post a map of port-a-potty locations on her Facebook page. She also warned that the city is poised to crack down even harder on parking violations during parades. (It’s hard to imagine how the dreaded meter maids could become more efficient in their Carnival ticketing).
Can poor people have nice things? Or must they be displaced? Talk gentrification with Jarvis DeBerry noon Tuesday | NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune – I touched on the gentrification debate in my recent opinion column, and columnist DeBerry will chat more about the topic today. Also, I’ll say that I tried the new Whole Foods on North Broad Street yesterday and was pleasantly surprised: It featured wider-than-expected aisles for a small store, quick-moving lines, and a noticeable amount of bargains. Criminal Justice
Auditor criticizes Juvenile Justice monitoring of contracts | The Advocate
The Jindal administration’s
Office of Juvenile Justice does not effectively monitor its contracts with providers who run programs aimed at keeping youth out of juvenile institutions, the legislative auditor said in a report issued Monday.
Stephanie Grace: Nagin uses “I know nothing” defense | The New Orleans Advocate – Grace contends that former mayor Ray Nagin’s defense team could have reminded jurors about some of his fights against (other people’s) corruption while in office.