Louisiana State Superintendent of Education John White announced Thursday the state would be delaying how students, teachers and schools are held accountable under the Common Core State Standards and PARCC testing for at least two years. He also said the state would be shifting to “a long-term, 10 year view of what our education system can accomplish with these standards.”

The lack of sediments [from the Mississippi River] isn’t the only cause of the dramatic loss of wetlands, however. It may not even be the major one, some scientists and legal experts argue. The other culprit: the cutting and dredging of thousands of kilometers of canals by oil, gas and pipeline companies.

The U.S. Department of Justice’s annual National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) is one of the nation’s largest and most trusted sources for data on the crime rate. But it may not be painting an accurate picture of the number of sexual crimes that actually occur in the U.S., according to a new report from the National Research Council.

“Legislators write the rules that regulate themselves,” notes political analyst Ed Chervenak. “They tend to write rules to their advantage, to their favor.”

Companion story by NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune is titled “Apparent campaign violations, large expenses should prompt reforms in Louisiana law, some say.”

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...