Governor Blanco and Her Legacy in Education

On Sunday, former Governor Kathleen Blanco lost a long battle with cancer. Sadly, her passing was not unexpected. In December, while being honored for her service to Louisiana at CABL’s annual meeting, she told the crowd that there was no escape from the disease and that “the monster is not far down the road.” With […]

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What Can You Do to Help RESET Louisiana?

“Government watchdogs look to refocus Louisiana’s campaign conversation with RESET proposals.” (The Advocate) “Reform groups prepare to RESET Louisiana’s long-term priorities.” (Gambit) “Tired of being 50th? RESET Louisiana sets path out of cellar.” (USA Today Network) In many ways, the headlines say it all. RESET Louisiana is a nonpartisan election initiative of CABL, the Public […]

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Save the Date

CABL’s 2019 Annual Meeting and Luncheon will take place on Thursday, December 12, 2019 at the Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center. The Keynote Speaker is Reed Hastings, Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO of Netflix. Most people don’t know that Mr. Hastings also considers himself a disruptor in education and advocate of education reform. In 2016, he […]

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How You Can Help RESET Louisiana

Nothing changes when we wait. With the will and the way, we can RESET Louisiana’s future. It’s only two sentences, but in many ways it’s the perfect summary of the RESET Louisiana initiative spearheaded by the Committee of 100, CABL, and PAR. It’s a nonpartisan effort to do what politicians don’t often want to do […]

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Time to RESET Louisiana’s Future

As summer winds down and we approach another school year, we’re also moving into election season. Not only is there a major governor’s race, but all statewide officials are up for election, as well as the Legislature. This year more than ever, term limits are really kicking in with more than a third of legislators […]

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Louisiana Education Reforms Offer Lessons to Other States

Over the last several years, Louisiana has been a national leader in enacting major structural reforms in education. Now, as a new research briefing from RAND suggests, there are some positive lessons to be learned from the Louisiana experience. It is no secret that the education story in Louisiana for many years was one of […]

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A Tale of Two Rankings

Two recent sets of rankings about Louisiana’s economy and business climate send mixed messages about how attractive the state is to companies that want to invest here. Or do they? Sometimes you have to dig a little deeper to sort it out. The headlines are certainly different. One says, “Louisiana Ranks #2 in South for […]

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Election Season is Upon Us, and This Year It’s Important

Summertime is officially here, the legislative session is over, the Fourth of July is coming up and that means the election season is officially underway. Sure, it seems like Election Day is still a long way off. LSU will be playing its sixth game of the season by then (versus Florida at Tiger Stadium, if […]

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End of Low-Drama Session Opens the Door for Important Election Debate

Compared to sessions and special sessions over most of the last decade in which the nicest way to describe them would probably be contentious, the 2019 legislative session seemed downright tame. The reason in a word – money. They had some this time and instead of fighting over budget cuts or new taxes, the focus […]

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Louisiana Students Continue to Make Gains in Education

Sometimes it seems good news about academic achievement in Louisiana can be hard to come by. But the truth is, Louisiana students have shown significant progress over the last two decades and some recently released data reiterate what we should already know – that when it comes to the state education policies that we have […]

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