Education

Every child should have access to a high-quality education, ensuring every Louisiana resident has a chance to succeed. Louisiana cannot have a bright economic future without a workforce equipped with the skills and training necessary to compete in a 21st century economy. Revamping Louisiana’s educational system stands as an economic imperative—and a moral one too.

(BIG) Solutions (mini) Summit(s) Day Three: Education Recap

(BIG) Solutions (mini) Summit(s) Day Three: Education Recap

Every child should have the opportunity to go to a school that is best for them. During the Pelican Institute’s recent “(BIG) Solutions (mini) Summit(s),” our expert keynote speakers and panelists offered several proven solutions to help Louisiana create an education system that lets every child thrive in a school of their choice. If you...

By Daniel J. Erspamer

Lawsuit to Help Louisiana Kids in Need

Lawsuit to Help Louisiana Kids in Need

A little-known Louisiana law is preventing Ursula Newell-Davis, a professional social worker, from helping at-risk kids in her local community. Tune into the PeliCast Tuesday, as we sit down with our friends at Pacific Legal Foundation to discuss this unconstitutional state law and the new lawsuit challenging it.

By Sarah Harbison

Micro Schools and the Future of Education

Micro Schools and the Future of Education

What exactly are micro schools and how are they helping Louisiana students during COVID-19? Tune into the PeliCast live on our Facebook page as we dive into the conversation with Ashley Redd, head of school at NOLA Micro Schools.

By Daniel J. Erspamer

Celebrate School Choice Week with Pelican

Celebrate School Choice Week with Pelican

by Daniel Erspamer, CEO, Pelican Institute Today, we begin our celebration of National School Choice Week! It feels like a lifetime ago since everyone gathered in person and virtually for the 2020 festivities. This last year has presented so many unique challenges for students and parents across Louisiana and the nation. These struggles only reinforce the...

By Daniel J. Erspamer

Virtual Learning and Charter Schools During COVID-19

Virtual Learning and Charter Schools During COVID-19

Virtual learning and “micro-schools” are things we’ve all learned about this year, but what do they actually mean for Louisiana kids and parents? Join us Friday at 2 p.m. for a live PeliCast with Dr. Lonnie Luce, Louisiana State Director of Charter Schools USA and Executive Director of Blended and Online School Solutions, as we...

By Editor

COVID-19 and Workforce Development

COVID-19 and Workforce Development

How are school closures impacting Louisiana’s workforce? Today at 1:10 p.m. on the PeliCast, we dive into this topic with Gulf Coast Bank & Trust Co.’s Kim Carver and Baton Rouge Area Chamber’s Senior Vice President of Economic Competitiveness Liz Smith!

By Editor

Pelican’s New Plan to Transform Education in Louisiana

Pelican’s New Plan to Transform Education in Louisiana

COVID-19 has taught us many lessons, but something that’s become abundantly clear in recent months is a fact that many Louisiana families and advocates have already known for a long time: our state’s education status quo is broken, and an urgent fix is required. To solve this problem, the Pelican Institute developed a comprehensive policy roadmap...

By Ryan Roberts

Back to School Week Episode 2: Expanding School Choice in Louisiana

Back to School Week Episode 2: Expanding School Choice in Louisiana

Louisiana Federation for Children Regional Government Affairs Director Kelli Bottger joins the PeliCast to talk about her experiences as a Louisiana educator and why we must expand options to give our state’s children a school that fits their needs. Send us any questions you have for Kelli or our Education Policy Director Ethan J. Melançon...

By Daniel J. Erspamer

Education Savings Accounts would help Louisiana students during COVID-19

Education Savings Accounts would help Louisiana students during COVID-19

Some of Louisiana’s greatest innovations have emerged in the wake of natural disasters. Now, as we work through reopening schools, we have a new opportunity to think outside the box and solve one of our most urgent issues: empowering parents with options to choose an education that best fits their children’s individual needs. Education Savings...

By Daniel J. Erspamer

Back to School Week Episode 1: Current Challenges and Opportunities Looking Ahead for Louisiana Schools

Back to School Week Episode 1: Current Challenges and Opportunities Looking Ahead for Louisiana Schools

BESE members Holly Boffy for BESE and Ashley Ellis for BESE District 5 are joining our first Back to School Week PeliCast on Tuesday at 4 p.m! We’ll talk about the current COVID-19 challenges schools and education leaders are facing and also plans for keeping students engaged and learning during this time.

By Sarah Harbison

Pelican Back to School Week Offers Solutions to Transform Louisiana Education

Pelican Back to School Week Offers Solutions to Transform Louisiana Education

We all remember the first day of school, but this year is clearly different than any other we’ve experienced. While some students will carry a mask and hand sanitizer along with their other usual classroom materials, many are not even getting the option of returning to the classroom. Desks and textbooks are being replaced by...

COVID-19’s Impact on School Choice in Louisiana and Nationwide

COVID-19’s Impact on School Choice in Louisiana and Nationwide

As schools start back, many questions are on the minds of parents across Louisiana. Tune into the PeliCast Tuesday at 4 p.m., as Reason Foundation’s Director of School Choice Corey DeAngelis joins us to discuss how schools are handling the switch to online instruction and other options for parents to keep their children engaged and...

By Ryan Roberts