The Louisiana Department of Education issued this press release today regarding BESE board adopting the proposed accountability system and criteria. Bayoubuzz recorded most of the press conference (missed first few minutes) . If you have problems with the audio, please contact us. Conference include questions regarding accountability, schools who de-emphasize evolution as a science and many more issues.
BATON ROUGE, La. - The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) today adopted the proposed accountability system and criteria for nonpublic school participation in the Louisiana Scholarship Program, ensuring a common bar for performance among all schools and swift consequences if programs do not achieve. Also today, State Superintendent John White provided an update on the ongoing process of student choice and assignment, announcing that the state has initially extended 5,600 scholarship offers to students to participate in the program. Additional placements will follow as families make decisions and schools adjust their student rosters. The Louisiana Scholarship Program was expanded statewide per Act 2, signed into law this April, and is a key component of Louisiana Believes, the state's comprehensive plan to empower educators and parents to make the best choices for children.
President Obama's U.S. Department of Labor today issued findings from investigations of C.J.’s Seafood Inc. in Breaux Bridge. The department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited C.J.’s Seafood with 11 serious and one other-than-serious safety violation for exposing workers to blocked exit, fire, electrical and chemical hazards. Additionally, the department’s Wage and Hour Division found that the company failed to pay minimum wage and overtime compensation to 73 workers as required by the Fair Labor Standards Act, and to comply with provisions of the H-2B temporary foreign worker visa program established under the Immigration and Nationality Act.
Jindal and Ameritas
Today, Governor Bobby Jindal and Ameritas Technologies CEO Brian Keane announced the company will open an information technology center to provide IT services from the Chase Tower South in downtown Baton Rouge. The center will create 300 new jobs. The company’s strategy includes creating local software development centers in affordable U.S. metro areas. Ameritas offers an alternative to sending IT work offshore by providing greater convenience, local quality control and contextual familiarity to better meet business enterprise needs. Ameritas will partner with state government and local colleges and technical schools to recruit, employ and train a new generation of skilled IT workers to support innovation and technology leadership in Louisiana. Governor Jindal said, “Ameritas joins a growing list of companies expanding in Louisiana because of our strong business climate and world class workforce. Ameritas’ decision to build a new IT center in Baton Rouge is further proof that our state is becoming a beacon for the digital media and technology industries.
Today, Governor Bobby Jindal hailed new No. 1 economic rankings for Louisiana as clear evidence the state is outperforming the South and the nation as an emerging economic powerhouse. For the third consecutive year, Business Facilities magazine has ranked LED FastStart™ – Louisiana’s customized workforce program for expanding companies – as the top state workforce development program in America. In addition, the magazine’s 2012 Rankings Report lists Louisiana No. 1 for economic growth potential.
Governor Jindal said, “With the help of our top-ranked workforce training program and one of the best business climates in the country, more and more companies are investing or expanding here to create great job opportunities for our people. These rankings are proof that our work to eliminate burdensome business taxes, overhaul our ethics laws, revamp our workforce training system and cut spending is paying off.”
In the wake of the disastrous decision by the owners of the Times Picayune to suspend a daily publication, the Advocate of Baton Rouge is now studying the possibility of expanding into New Orleans. Richard Manship, president and CEO of Capital City Press, confirmed that the newspaper is “looking at moving into the New Orleans market.”
Ever since the Times Picayune announced its move to a major digital platform for its NOLA.com operation, the media community has virtually gone haywire with rumors, collaborations and announcements.
Times-Picayune announced it will be publishing three-times per week and virtually all its content will be online.
On Monday, the Baton Rouge Advocate announced it would enter New Orleans market with more than a spattering of news stories.
NEW ORLEANS. Jul. 23, 2012 – You know the old saying, "It ain’t over until the fat lady sings.
Well, today the fat lady sang out for thousands of plaintiffs in Louisiana who had sued Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corporation in what has been a very protracted and arduous court process for a class action arising out of Hurricane Katrina claims.
Louisiana State Representative Neil Abramson, the author of the amendment that sealed the deal on the accountability part of Jindal’s education package this spring legislative session focusing upon vouchers for private schools, said that “based on my initial review and in speaking to Superintendent White, I believe his proposal addresses the primary purpose of my amendment. My definition of accountability included testing, criteria for evaluating the testing, and ramifications for schools failing to meet that criteria.”
State Superintendent of Education John White released the proposed accountability system plan which he is required to do as a result of recent education reforms passed this spring in the Louisinaa legislature. There has been concern over whether the charter schools will be held accountable in a manner commensurate to the public schools so that parents could make an educated choice as to where they should send their children.
Louisiana's unhealthy healthcare system has taken on more financial strain with the threats of severe healthcare hits, especially to those most in need. Not only was funding cut by the Louisiana legislature, but in recent weeks, the federal government, as part of the Restore Act, has taken steps that could further cripple the state's delivery system by substantially reducing its portion of medicaid money for Louisiana. All of this is occuring as Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal is in the spotlight for Romney's Vice President.