Public accountability & private school choice | Thomas Fordham Institute – The pro-reform think-tank argues that policymakers can design smart accountability structures to ensure school voucher programs work as intended. The report, which is accompanied by an infographic, lauds Louisiana as a model state that has “generally gotten these [school voucher] policies right.”
The Department of Education is asking the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education to spend another $750,000 on non-bid legal contracts to defend the landmark reform laws ushered in by Gov. Bobby Jindal.
71 percent of wetland loss on Gulf Coast | The Advertiser “Phil Turnipseed, director of the U.S. Geological Survey’s National Wetlands Research Center, said in a news release that “Louisiana’s coastal land loss is the greatest environmental, economic and cultural tragedy in North America.”
New Orleans port president and CEO Gary LaGrange said preparations for bigger Panama ships are two-pronged and include further modernization of the Napoleon Ave. container terminal and efforts to get the Lower Mississippi River’s draft deepened.
Political consultant: ‘Do we care if Mayor Mitch Landrieu has been an asshole sometimes during his first term?’ | Gambit – A Gambit story on a commentary sent out by political consultant and public relations specialist Cheron Brylski has received significant social media attention. Brylski argued, essentially, that Mayor Mitch Landrieu is a “productive asshole” — by her lights a political phenomenon that is neither bad (or rare). I would point out that Brylski has sent out a correction and an apology because she errantly claimed in her piece that Gambit columnist Clancy DuBos once wrote that Mayor Dutch Morial was “an asshole, but he’s our asshole.” Brylski later sent a correction that showed the quote was from a Gambit editorial endorsement of Dutch Morial, which was written by Gary Esolen, but not bylined. The actual quote in that piece was: “He may be a son-of-a-bitch, but he’s our son-of-a-bitch.”
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...
More by Mark Moseley