LFC Daily News Clips | April 22, 2016

Good Morning

Great news yesterday from the Senate Education Committee. Chairman Dan “Blade” Morrish announced he will not proceed with SB 361 – the bill would have removed eligibility for students who attended a public school that received a letter grade of “C” and restricted the eligibility of students entering kindergarten.

And Senate Ed revised then shelved SB 170. The measure would ban the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education from overriding local boards that reject charter school applications in A districts.

My AFC Blog post looks at the University of Arkansas white paper on the cost to the state if the Louisiana Scholarship Program is eliminated. http://bit.ly/1XKlOvM

Today is the first day of New Orleans Jazz Fest. With the passing of Prince, expect musical tributes to the pop icon.

Have a great weekend. – Paul

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American Federation for Children

AFC Blog: University of Arkansas researchers find eliminating Louisiana Scholarship Program would be costly http://bit.ly/1XKlOvM

School Choice

Mid-City Messenger: Time is “now” for return of New Orleans schools to local control, ending RSD, leaders and activists say http://bit.ly/1qGc2Qt

Charter Schools

The Advocate: Bill to curb charter schools shelved http://bit.ly/1NnH5Lj

The Daily Star: Charter school bid draws review http://bit.ly/1YJ7C6l

Uptown Messenger: Danae Columbus: High salaries are only the tip of the charter-school business iceberg http://bit.ly/1U8u9KL

Education Reform

Times-Picayune/NOLA.com: Louisiana bucks the independent school district national trend in K-12 education http://bit.ly/1Syh4YY

The New Orleans Advocate: Advocates press for bill to cut suspension rates in Louisiana public schools http://bit.ly/23JCsmq

The Lens: School Board signs no-bid contract for monitoring state tests at some campuses http://bit.ly/1YKzlnt

The Advocate: Bid to mandate cursive writing clears first hurdle http://bit.ly/1r3QOfP

The New Orleans Advocate: Divided Jefferson School Board defeats plan for hundreds of millions of dollars in new buildings, renovations http://bit.ly/1XMlX1T