What’s Hot and What’s Not in the 2020 Legislative Session

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By Lisa Moomaw (Tulane University), OPEN Intern Now that the Louisiana legislative session has resumed despite concerns about COVID-19, the House and Senate are back to hearing and passing bills both related and unrelated to the pandemic. While there is some action being taken to support students dealing with the pandemic, the legislature is also […]

For #BlackHistoryMonth let’s remember the racist history of school vouchers

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And we paid him not to Earlier in 2019 local investigative reporting showed that after four years and $40 million, the state’s voucher program- the Louisiana’s Scholarship Program- had produced not just ineffective but even negative student results. Specifically, the report showed that participating students generally had lower scores on state standardized tests than their […]

Education Theater

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Another season of educational theater… It’s that time of the year again, when all sides don their masks to begin the annual educational theater season, where we all pretend we know where the school performance scores come from and what they mean about the quality of our public education system.   You can feel the […]

Bills to Watch 2019: Final Update

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  This legislative session was a whirlwind! Over one thousand bills were introduced, and while very few of those were eventually signed into law, important progress was made that deserves recognition. Below is OPEN’s review of events, focusing on the issues that most strongly impact students and families.   SCHOOL CULTURE: BULLYING, DISCIPLINE HB 160, […]

#PolicyForThePeople Bills to Watch: Discipline, Bullying, & Culture

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School discipline policy is always a hot topic in the state legislature, and this year is no exception. Public schools and particularly charter schools continue to use discipline policies (i.e. suspension and expulsion) that unfairly impact students of color and are not effective in creating safe and positive school environments. This session, there are five […]