Parents of voucher students need more information to ensure their choice of private schools is better than the public schools they fled, several members of a state legislative committee said Thursday.
State Sen. Ben Nevers, D-Bogalusa, said mothers and fathers generally assume if they send their child to a state-approved private school with a voucher, that school it is academically sounder than the public school they left.
“But they don’t have any proof,” Nevers said.
The issue surfaced during a meeting of the Legislative Audit Advisory Council.
A federal judge ruled Thursday that the steaming hot conditions on Louisiana’s death row prison constitute “cruel and unusual punishment” and ordered corrections officials to draft plans by February to cool the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola to safer temperatures.
Describing the prison bars as “warm to the touch” during a summer visit, U.S. District Judge Brian A. Jackson required the state to ensure heat indices inside death row — how hot it actually feels — don’t exceed 88 degrees.
Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s son, who recorded a blood-alcohol content of 0.124 when he crashed into three parked cars last summer, has pleaded guilty to reckless driving, and in exchange prosecutors dismissed the drunken driving charge against him.
Benjamin Landrieu, now 20, was also ordered to pay a fine of $334.50.
By the time he pleaded guilty to the reduced charge last month, he’d already completed much of what is typically required for a first-time drunken driver: He attended a safe-driving school and 12-step meetings, he did 40 hours of community service and took drug tests, and he attended a Mothers Against Drunk Driving panel.
“He never tried to be anything but himself, and that was authentic. I think of him as the Mark Twain of art, plain-spoken, unpretentious but brilliant and quintessentially American.” clancy dubos Gambit co-owner and longtime friend
George Rodrigue was born in New Iberia, and that’s where the acclaimed painter will be laid to rest Friday. But for decades, New Orleans was where the world came to see him and his work, and on Thursday, a cross-section of that world gathered in the French Quarter to pay last respects.
The state agency in charge of most of the city’s public schools said Thursday that it will accelerate the phase-out of its last traditional high schools, a step that will give New Orleans the first district in the country made up entirely of autonomous charter schools a year ahead of schedule.
When the Recovery School District closes Sarah T. Reed and George Washington Carver high schools in the spring, every school under its oversight in New Orleans will be run by an independent nonprofit group with its own board, a milestone for a city that has long had a higher proportion of its students in charters than any other in the U.S.
A former New Orleans bail bondsman at the center of a yearslong probe into illegal bonding practices in Orleans Parish has been officially accused of using the names and licenses of three other bondsmen and paying off court employees to get inmates out of jail illegally.
Rufus Johnson, 64, committed conspiracy and mail fraud and made false statements to a federal agent, according to a criminal complaint filed in federal court this week by the FBI.
Records show Johnson remained Thursday night in the Jefferson Parish jail, where he was taken after his Dec.
Dr. Karen DeSalvo, the city’s health commissioner, will be leaving her job in the Landrieu administration next month to take a top post with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, promoting the implementation of electronic health records across the nation.
A former Tulane University medical professor, DeSalvo became a key figure after Hurricane Katrina in transforming how the poor and uninsured receive health care. She helped expand primary-care clinics around the New Orleans area, rapidly built out with the help of a large infusion of federal money.
Almost seven years after he was arrested for leading police on a high-speed chase across the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway, a New Orleans police officer is again facing accusations that he refused to stop for officers who tried to pull him over.
Sgt. Gary Calico is suspected of speeding on the bridge and refusing to obey a directive from Causeway police to pull over his personal vehicle late Wednesday night, said Carlton Dufrechou, the Causeway’s general manager. Calico was identified as the driver by his attorney, Raymond Burkart III.
An Orleans Parish Criminal District Court judge has barred an attorney from representing both an accused killer and the homicide detective who investigated him, ending a legal stalemate that’s lingered for months.
Desmond Pratt, a former New Orleans homicide detective now facing charges of sexually assaulting three teenage girls, has refused to testify against two accused murderers he interrogated. He invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.
In doing so, he helped the two alleged killers, who would be more difficult to convict without his testimony against them.
Attorneys suing 97 oil and gas companies on behalf of a New Orleans-area levee board have agreed to modify their contract to trim the amount the lawyers would receive if they succeed in the suit and to take out elements of the contract that critics have said give them too much control over the process.
One change would cancel a provision that allows the attorneys, led by lawyers at the Jones Swanson law firm, to collect a portion of the value of wetlands restoration projects that might occur as a result of the suit brought by the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority — East.