Baton Rouge High as Jindal no-go zone? LSU students Rebecca Bock, Saher Kahn (she’s not a radical jihadist, Bobby, just a student worried about her future) and Mary-Michael Andries participated in Thursday’s march on the State Capitol in protest of higher ed budget cuts. All three are graduates of Baton Rouge High—Bobby Jindal’s alma mater (Click on image to enlarge).
by Jim Brown
Chicken Little has got nothing on King Alexander. The LSU president is shouting from the rooftops that the state financial commitment is crumbling to the ground, the LSU fiscal sky is falling, and he is about to declare “academic bankruptcy.” Academic bankruptcy? I’ve been around and a part of Louisiana state government for some 44 years, and I’ve never heard of the phrase. You can’t even Google it and find any other example.
The word about LSU’s financial woes, particularly the threat of academic bankruptcy, is now national news. From the Boston Globe to Bloomberg News to the Houston Chronicle to Al Jazeera America, the news is out that LSU is on the ropes.
First, LSU President F. King Alexander issued a statement on Wednesday, in which he said, “Based on the current status of the budget debate, we have decided to begin contingency planning for exigency as many of our campuses may be impacted, as well as other campuses across the state.”
If you think somehow the keystone cops are calling the shots with some investors of LSU bonds, you just might be correct.
Despite Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal’s statements to the national media that life in Louisiana due to his stewardship has never been better, it’s far from.
More bad news for Louisiana, Governor Jindal, the Louisiana legislature, LSU and Louisiana public universities. Today, Treasurer John Kennedy announced that the $1.6B budget deficit has struck again, hitting LSU with an uppercut at a time that it is already severely bloodied.
Rep. Walter “Walt” J. Leger III of New Orleans, who represents District 91 in the state legislature and serves as speaker pro tempore in the Louisiana House of Representatives, has publicly expressed the dismay many in our state feel regarding proposed discrimination legislation. Today Rep. Leger released the following statement in response to Gov. Bobby Jindal’s vocal support for such a bill:
Even as the announcement serves as a scare tactic, the possibility that the Louisiana State University System and perhaps others higher education systems or institutions in the state could declare partial or entire financial exigency could pave the way to helpful changes – or simply make the problem worse.
Bobby Jindal has promised to find money to address the funding crisis facing Louisiana’s public colleges and universities but besides the obvious dire financial straits in which the state currently finds itself, two important obstacles must be overcome by our absentee governor: the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and Grover Norquist.
According to Robert Mann, who posted below in his blog today "Unless Gov. Bobby Jindal and legislators come up with a budget solution very soon, you can cancel just about every ongoing faculty search at LSU and watch as the exodus of faculty accelerates".
By Robert Mann
In a new column in the Baton Rouge Business Report, publisher Rolfe McCollister seems to question whether it is ethical for an LSU faculty member to criticize, in print, the university for which he or she works.