Category Archives: Education

The mysterious case of the missing budget cuts

By Robert Mann To paraphrase Groucho Marx: They may talk like charlatans and look like charlatans. But don’t let that fool you. They really are charlatans. How long have Republican leaders in the Louisiana Legislature assured us the state’s budget … Continue reading

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Why are Louisiana universities so powerless in Baton Rouge?

By Robert Mann How did it come to this sad state in Louisiana higher education? How could venerable institutions with hundreds of thousands of graduates and more than 200,000 students prove so powerless at the state Capitol? Why have these … Continue reading

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Louisiana never had a governor who cared for children more than Kathleen Blanco

By Robert Mann You can tell a lot about people — especially public officials — by how they behave around children. I’m thinking about the baby-kissing politicians who pretend to care but lose all concern for the kids when the … Continue reading

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What Louisiana’s Nicholls State University and Harvard have in common

By Robert Mann In Thibodaux, some residents call Nicholls State University “Harvard on the Bayou.” Nicholls is a fine school, but it’s not in Harvard’s (Ivy) league, except in one respect: both are private institutions. Harvard has been private for centuries. Nicholls, … Continue reading

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LSU has too many Confederates

By Robert Mann Shortly after prosecutors sent then-Gov. Richard Leche to federal prison for mail fraud in 1940, Louisiana State University officials erased his name from campus. The school’s law school building, completed in December 1937, was named “Leche Hall.” A medallion … Continue reading

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Want to save Louisiana schools? Then let’s do something about poverty

By Robert Mann If there is anything that threatens Louisiana’s future more than the pitiful state of its education system, it’s our unwillingness to talk honestly about what ails our schools and their students. Put another way, little will change … Continue reading

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Could Louisiana survive without its colleges and universities?

By Robert Mann The differences in opinion are stark but not surprising. “A majority of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents (58%) now say that colleges and universities have a negative effect on the country, up from 45% last year,” the Pew … Continue reading

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