New data will be collected about students receiving TOPS in Louisiana | NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune – The state is running of money to pay for TOPS, but state lawmakers have thus far been unable to pass a bill creating more stringent standards for entrance into the scholarship program. The state, however, will now be collecting data on recipients, including demographic information and standardized test scores. The state will compare the scores of students who lose the scholarship with those who successfully complete their degrees.
Jindal signs restrictive abortion bill into law | Gambit –The bill, modeled on a Texas law passed last year, requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. The bill could force four of the state’s five clinics to close, leaving just one in Shreveport.
Scalise at front of majority whip race | The New Orleans Advocate – House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s surprise primary defeat this week has left a vacuum in House GOP leadership. The current majority whip is expected to replace Cantor, leaving his position open. And Metairie Republican Rep. Steve Scalise has emerged as a frontrunner.
People at the bottom of the economic ladder need help if they are going to share in the post-Katrina prosperity in the New Orleans area, community leaders said Wednesday (June 11) during a meeting at the NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune office downtown.
Sen. Landrieu: Our goal isn’t clean energy, it’s energy security | The Hill – Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu continues to distance herself from the Obama Administration in her fight to keep her seat. The most recent version of this is her War on the “War on Coal,” the EPA’s new proposed limits on carbon-emitting power plants. Landrieu says clean energy is “important,” but it’s not her priority.
As much as $50 billion will be needed to secure Louisiana’s port system, but “there is no hope in the current budget of the United States. Zero,” said Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, who addressed a diverse group of political, environmental and private-sector leaders at a conference in Washington on the river’s future.
Gusman turns over documents, dodges legal ‘time out’ | WDSU – Sheriff Marlin Gusman narrowly avoided a court-imposed “time out,” in which he would have been forced to sit in a courtroom for an hour with nothing to pass the time, by turning in court ordered documents in a former inmate’s lawsuit.
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...
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