Low Popahirum, Louisiana Edition (5-28-14)

“Standardized test scores for Louisiana voucher students increased slightly from 2013, but still remained far below the norm. Forty-five percent of students on vouchers passed the LEAP and iLEAP exams, a four-point gain against an unchanged state average of 69 percent.” – NOLA.com

” Louisiana State Police confirm that the Marathon Refinery in Garyville is currently on generator power, and that there is damage to the facility caused by strong storms that moved through the area Wednesday morning.” – WWL-TV

“For the second year in a row, the Louisiana Senate Finance Committee killed legislation that would require review and oversight of contracts that would privatize services provided by state government.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“The Louisiana Senate voted 21-16 Tuesday (May 27) to advance legislation allowing state citizens to access a driver’s license compliant with federal regulations known as REAL ID. The bill, among other things, addresses the concern that Louisiana citizens might have difficulties boarding a plane once the federal regulations kick in.” – NOLA.com

“After a sweep of Auburn and an SEC Tournament Championship, the red hot LSU baseball team has jumped up in this week’s polls.” – WAFB

“And, once again, the Silver Fox, as they call him in Louisiana, is standing for election. Come November, Edwards, an 86-year-old Democrat, will be on the ballot in the race to represent Louisiana’s sixth congressional district.” – Guardian UK

“A $3.6 billion spending plan for public schools moved within one step of final approval Wednesday when the Louisiana House Education Committee approved it.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

Young polled at 32 percent over Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser and State Senator Elbert Guillory, R-Opelousas, who received 23 and 9 percent, respectively.” – NOLA.com

“While public school students generally scored at the same level on key tests this spring as last year, only one in four achieved marks that reach Louisiana’s new and higher academic target, state Superintendent of Education John White said Tuesday.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“Since he became governor, it’s been the worst-kept secret in Louisiana politics: Bobby Jindal can’t wait to leave Louisiana and run for president. Despite his boilerplate ‘I have the job I want’ response to early inquiries about his frequent fundraising trips to early caucus and key primary states, Jindal could never plausibly deny his higher ambitions.” – New Orleans Gambit

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