BESE Candidates Sharply Divided Over Letter Grade System Measuring School Performance

By Kevin Mooney
Letter grades that show a sizable percentage of Louisiana public schools are either failing or under-performing continue to generate controversy. A union-led coalition warns against Gov. Jindal's privatization agenda, while a business group says the unions fear transparency and accountability.

TAGS: BESE, Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, Coalition for Louisiana Public Education, Gov. Bobby Jindal, Louisiana Association of Business and Industry, New Orleans, Recovery School District

Commentary: City Journal: New Orleans a Model for Urban Renewal

By Jamison Beuerman
In spite of the despair which clouded our city during and after Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans has experienced a historic renewal. With the election of a new administration, a burgeoning sense of optimism pervades New Orleans. The City Journal recently published an article by Nicole Gelinas which illuminates the governmental and socioeconomic factors contributing to...

TAGS: Budge Deficit, Charter Schools, Mayor Landrieu, New Orleans, School choice, Vouchers

Honduras “Open for Business”

By Fergus Hodgson
Trade Summit signals Louisiana-Honduras relationship set to bloom NEW ORLEANS—Nine days after President Lobo Sosa’s September 7th visit, Louisiana’s Hispanic Chamber of Commerce hosted an Honduran delegation to promote an array of trade opportunities between the two regions. Mayra Pineda, president of the Chamber and sister of the Honduran president, introduced approximately 50 guests to...

TAGS: Darlene Kattan, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Honduras, Mayra Pineda, New Orleans, summit, trade

Louisiana Congressmen Join Chinese Officials to Promote Free Trade

By Fergus Hodgson
Boustany and Cao highlight opportunities for state and call for aggressive action to resolve trade agreements NEW ORLEANS – On Wednesday representatives Charles Boustany (R – La.) and Joseph Cao (R – La.) met with members of the Chinese embassy to promote what they believe to be the mutually beneficial opportunities of open trade. Approximately...

TAGS: Boustany, Cao, China, New Orleans, trade

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