Low Popahirum, Louisiana Edition (4-18-14)

low popahirum louisianaMore than 2 million Louisianans say they have a job, an all-time high.” – KNOE

“With the Lake Pontchartrain phase of the $220 million project to run a pipeline from Norco to Mississippi nearly complete, workers will soon begin drilling beneath Fontainebleau State Park near Mandeville to continue the northern progression of the line. Initial clearing and grading work has begun near the park and directional land drilling should begin in that area next month, officials said. The pipeline will carry refined liquid petroleum products including gasoline and diesel fuel.” – NOLA.com

“A bill approved by the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday would let the Board of Regents collect additional information on recipients of the Taylor Opportunity Program for Students, including race, gender and their parents’ household income.” – Lake Charles American Press

“If you’re white, you have enough money to pay for your lunch and you attend an East Baton Rouge Parish public school, you’re getting among the best educations among urban districts across the U.S., according to new study by the Council of Great City Schools. But if you are black and qualify for a free or reduced-price lunch, an indicator of student poverty, your education is at or below average among the 21 urban school districts the council used for comparison.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

The way Anthony Davis blossomed into an All-Star before he’d even turned 21 provided the Pelicans with hope for the future during an otherwise bleak season.” – WWL-TV

“Legislation approved Wednesday by a House committee would prohibit the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education from forcing school systems that score A, B or C on the state accountability system to accept charter schools.” – Lafayette Advertiser

“Carmody says his original bill wouldn’t violate the U.S. Constitution because it doesn’t establish a state religion, but constitutional jurisprudence also prohibits government actions that favor one religion over another. Carmody’s bill clearly favors Christianity, and it would certainly be challenged in court if it were to become law. Our state faces many serious crises, and lawmakers have far better things to do than to enact clearly unconstitutional laws — particularly when taxpayers have to pay to defend them in court.” – Gambit

Continued efforts to try to keep Louisiana from using tests associated with the Common Core education standards are creating ‘a state of chaos’ for public school teachers, Superintendent of Education John White said Thursday.” – Sulphur Daily News

“So Channing Tatum wants to play the Cajun ‘X-Men’ character Gambit, and he’s brushing up on his accent in the hopes of landing the role. Um, good luck with that, cher.” – NOLA.com

“Peacock’s SB 551 would prohibit picketing if it prevents a person from pursuing employment opportunities; interferes with business entrances or roadways; or takes place on private property without permission.” – LAPolitics.com

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