Government & Politics
Plan to create special taxing district in New Orleans dies on last day in Legislature | The Lens – The final plan would have authorized special tax districts around the city, not just for the World Trade Center.
Stephanie Grace: Jindal doesn’t make own health plan a priority | The New Orleans Advocate – Is Gov. Bobby Jindal’s alternative health-care proposal an attempt at problem-solving or political grandstanding?
How David Vitter Shattered Another Campaign Finance Rule | National Journal – Through “a super PAC and some creative lawyering,” Sen. Vitter found a way to transfer $1 million from his Senate campaign fund to his new gubernatorial campaign fund. Criminal Justice
Louisiana legislator pulls bill to keep death penalty drugs confidential | NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune – Lens Editor Steve Beatty testified against the secrecy bill during the legislative session.
Final Juvenile Court reduction bill seems to target suspended judge | The New Orleans Advocate
Mayor Mitch Landrieu is close to scoring some
legislative paydirt with passage of a bill that would shrink the number of judges at Orleans Parish Juvenile Court by a third, saving the city and state almost $1 million annually by one estimate.
Last-Minute Changes Direct Millions to Law Enforcement | LaPolitics — “Legislation that emerged from a special compromise committee Monday with just hours remaining in the legislative session will eventually steer $50 million to Louisiana State Police, sheriffs and district attorneys through several fee increases.” Environment
Are Female-Named Hurricanes Really Deadlier? | CityLab – The provocative thesis of a new study may not hold up to scrutiny.
‘Vanishing Island’ | The New York Times – This short documentary depicts the existential challenge faced by residents of Isle de Jean Charles.
What To Do With Bayou Bienvenue? | WWNO – Saltwater intrusion killed the cypress swamp in Bayou Bienvenue. Should its restoration be a top priority for the New Orleans area? Land Use
City responds to Municipal Auditorium concerns | FOX 8 News – The city boarded up the auditorium after neighbors complained of break-ins.
SUNO bids farewell to FEMA trailers leaving campus with a second line | NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune — “For seven years, Southern University at New Orleans operated out of 45 Federal Emergency Management Agency trailers after its campus was severely damaged during Hurricane Katrina.”
NOLA Pools Open for Summer | NOLA Defender
In addition to opening the pools, NORDC [New Orleans Recreation Development Commission] is offering more than 30 summer youth and teen camps across the city this year which will feature a wide array of academic, cultural and recreational summer activities. All summer camps include free-of-charge field trips to Aquarium of the Americas, Audubon Zoo, and NORDC pools for swimming lessons, as well as free breakfast and lunch every day for campers aged 18 and under.
New Orleans nearing a ‘privatized’ public school system | The Louisiana Weekly – “While the local mainstream media seems all too happy to gobble up and regurgitate the state’s academic achievement data as truth, the blogosphere is abounding with carefully documented details of the state’s systemic and persistent manipulation – and illegal withholding – of public data.”
Mississippi Board Approves the State’s First Charter School | Education Week – A charter middle school may be ready to go for the 2015-16 academic year.
The education-reform movement is too white to do any good | The Washington Post – Andre Perry, a former education consultant for Loyola University, argues that “overwhelmingly white movements pursuing change for black and brown communities are inherently paternalistic.”
Schools get road map for improving discipline practices | The Washington Post — “The 460-page report, the result of a three-year, bipartisan effort, urges that suspensions be used as a last resort, proposes targeting support to help students with behavioral issues and suggests specialized training for police officers on the nation’s campuses.” Related