That, on the surface, would seem to be a good idea. In practice, this is an unmitigated orgy of lawsuits and grievances waiting to descend on state government. There is no way to handle compensation for individual human beings that will at the same time (1) reward good performance, (2) maintain fiscal sanity and (3) comply with a requirement that the men working at x-level of state government be paid the same as the women.

For the eight and ninth days since the start of the year, St. Bernard Parish’s sulfur dioxide readings on Saturday and then again on Monday spiked above federal health standards. The overages come as St. Bernard awaits the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s anticipated ruling this week or next that officially will designate the parish as out-of-compliance with the federal one-hour sulfur dioxide standard.

He not only led the drive to rebuild Tulane (which sustained more than $600 million in storm damage), but also made it the first university in the country to require public service of all undergraduate students.

That requirement, along with the Cowen Institute, transformed Tulane as well as New Orleans. In the years since Katrina, Tulane’s applicant pool has swollen, and its national reputation — already very good — has soared. 

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...