First Steps in Addressing Critical Teacher Shortages

Like almost every other state in the country, Louisiana is facing a critical shortage of teachers. It was happening before the pandemic, but the impact of COVID 19 on schools has only made things worse. This year the Louisiana Legislature took some initial steps to try to address the problem, but this is an issue […]

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2022 Session A Good One for Louisiana Education

This year’s legislative session was never billed as an “education” session, as sometimes happens. But as it turns out it was a big one for public education at all levels, especially when it comes to new investments in students and educators. There were more than 170 bills introduced on education this year, more than 10% […]

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House Committee Kills Controversial Education Curriculum Bills

This week the House Education Committee killed a series of bills that sought to create new state laws governing how public schools teach certain issues surrounding race and gender. Though they never explicitly mention Critical Race Theory, they were widely seen as an effort to ban the use of that concept, even though it is […]

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Should COVID Make It Easier for Students to Graduate?

This week BESE had an important discussion about our expectations for students. This one dealt with high school graduation in the world of COVID. The issues at the heart of it are worth considering. Louisiana schools, students, and educators have been through two years of COVID. It closed school early in 2020, caused a shaky […]

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New Poll Says People Want States to Go Big on Public Education

A new national survey on public education provides some food for thought for Louisiana. It finds that people across the country believe education is an important priority and they think some major changes are required to improve student achievement. The poll results are reported by the national education reform group The 74, which takes its […]

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Legislative Session Shaping Up to Be Positive for Higher Education

Until somewhat recently, the coming of another legislative session wasn’t something higher education officials were exactly looking forward to. For a period of nearly a decade beginning around 2008, legislative sessions meant budget cuts. In recent years, that’s begun to change, and this year’s session looks to be another one marked by a return to […]

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CABL Names 2022 Leadership Louisiana Class

CABL is pleased to announce its 2022 class of Leadership Louisiana. Through a highly-competitive process, 54 current and emerging leaders from across the state were chosen to participate in this year’s cohort. This marks the program’s 34th year boasting a diverse group of more than 1,400 alumni who are leaders from a cross-section of sectors […]

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The Education Outlook for the 2022 Legislature

While the talk of the Capitol these days may be about the Legislature’s override of the governor’s veto of the new congressional districts maps, there is a lot of substantive legislation that’s been introduced this session, particularly in the area of education. This isn’t exactly an “education” session, but there are a lot of significant […]

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Legislative Session Could Be A Plus for Early Education

Overall, this doesn’t look like a legislative session of big new policy proposals, but there are some good ideas emerging and efforts to make meaningful investments in important areas. One that’s getting some positive attention is early education. In the first week of the session lawmakers in the Senate advanced a bill to make permanent […]

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2022 Legislative Session Brings Familiar Themes

The 2022 regular legislative session gets underway Monday and what should citizens expect? Well, perhaps the best way to think about what’s ahead is to take a look back. Even before Gov. John Bel Edwards vetoed the recently-passed Congressional redistricting maps, the session was already shaping up to be an experience of déjà vu. Now […]

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