The headline in the Times-Picayune back in February said it all about the TOPS scholarship program: “How One Man’s Pet Project became a Louisiana Sacred Cow.” Indeed, over the years, even as costs soared and state budgets were cut, the TOPS program remained protected. Health services were cut and even higher education itself got hammered, […]
Louisiana Lawmakers opened their marathon series of legislative sessions on Valentine’s Day. Now, approaching the Fourth of July, they have finally gone home.
In 2010 when Louisiana adopted a set of academic standards in English and math no one even noticed. At the time they were called Common Core and developed by a consortium of states, including Louisiana, and no one seemed to care.
Many words could be used to describe the just-completed regular session of the Legislature. Unfinished. Incomplete. Unresolved.
From the outset it was clear that this year’s regular session was not going to be about pushing the envelope forward in public education reform – it was about preventing a return to the past. This year there were dozens of bills filed dealing with education, and the vast majority of the significant ones were […]
For those interested in state tax policy and data, the weekly meetings of the Task Force on Structural Changes in Budget and Tax Policy might be something akin to nirvana. If you’re not, you just might want to steer clear. But the information that’s been provided so far does present a pretty comprehensive backdrop about […]
Back in February the Legislature created the Task Force on Structural Changes in Budget and Tax Policy with the idea that it would make recommendations to the Legislature by September on budget and tax reform. CABL serves on that task force and has been involved with fiscal policy issues dating back at least to the […]
For weeks people from across the state with diverse interests in what goes on in state government have been waiting to see the revisions members of the House budget committee would make to the governor’s executive budget.
There had been some question about how the new 2016 Legislature, bringing with it a number of new faces, would respond to the onslaught of bills this session attacking many of the state’s most significant education reforms. To some degree the question was understandable. The education committees in both the House and Senate were filled […]
This legislative session a number of high-profile bills dealing with various aspects of public charter schools have been introduced. When the body of that legislation is considered as a whole, the direction it attempts to move Louisiana is clear – away from CABL’s goal of providing meaningful options to parents, students and taxpayers who feel […]