These days, being a pollster is not easy.
For one, supporters of one of the other candidates (and often even the other candidates themselves) will always blast the pollster when they don’t like the poll.
Last week, SMOR pollster released a poll that showed Republicans Congressman Charles Boustany and Louisiana treasurer John Kennedy leading with 17 and 15 points, respectively.
Following them in the polls were two Democrats attorney Caroline Fayard and Public Service Commissioner, Foster Campbell.
A debate over teacher training in Louisiana has brewed, exposing traditional fault lines separating those more interested in protecting the status quo and those willing to embrace innovation that improves the dismal condition of the state’s education quality.
The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education will consider next month a change to teacher preparation curricula that includes a one-year apprenticeship requirement for those hired by virtue of having an education degree. That would roughly double the current requirement, where at the end of university study a student teacher shadows an experienced one for a term. Not only could it provide better preparation but it also might improve retention, as students get a better idea of the job.
by Ron Chapman
Over this past two years there have been numerous police incidents where people have been shot and some killed. Sometimes the policeman is white and the victim is Black. At other times both victim and officer have been Black. In a few instances the victims have been White and the officer Black. Such was the case in Houma where a six year old boy was killed.
How are the tax credits being used in the more traditional industries in Louisiana such as oil and gas, agriculture and tourism? Also, Louisiana has a booming tourism industry which includes major conventions—so, how can the state take advantage of these incoming convention opportunities? Last, how might a business executive obtain information about the programs?