Category Archives: Education

Thanks to Bobby Jindal, we know how disastrous Trump’s education policies could be

By Robert Mann Let’s be grateful for former Gov. Bobby Jindal. He was a failure, but at least one of his failures gave us an inkling of how disastrous President-elect Donald Trump’s national education policies could be. In nominating billionaire … Continue reading

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Voters to state lawmakers wanting to abandon higher education: Not so fast

By Robert Mann If there was an unequivocal message in the Nov. 8 election returns in Louisiana, it was that voters are tired of rising college costs. They rejected — 57 percent to 43 percent — a proposed constitutional amendment … Continue reading

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Louisiana’s state universities will soon be public in name only

By Robert Mann Their months-long “search” for cuts to solve the state’s budget crisis is over and Louisiana’s House Republicans came up with nothing. Well, that’s not exactly right. They did dredge up some valuable-but-specious talking points to further their … Continue reading

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Jindal’s voucher program is an appalling, slapdash boondoggle

By Robert Mann Imagine you live in a dilapidated house. The roof leaks. Windows are broken. There’s no heat in winter. One day, however, a government official offers a lifeline. “We’ll give your family a much better home,” he says. … Continue reading

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The shocking physical decline of Southern University

By Robert Mann Southern University occupies one of Baton Rouge’s most inspiring venues. It rests on a bluff north of downtown and offers an expansive view of a broad bend in Mississippi River. It’s a lovely location. That is until … Continue reading

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Louisiana higher education in 39 charts

By Robert Mann It’s not the whole picture of Louisiana higher education, of course, but these charts from various sources provide some interesting longitudinal information about the trajectory of higher education and its overall health. Spoiler alert: It’s not pretty. First … Continue reading

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Louisiana House GOP leaders go looking for fat – and find it in the classroom

By Robert Mann After waiting weeks to learn how they would eliminate the state’s $950 million budget shortfall, Louisiana House Republicans made their first move on Wednesday. It turns out a large part of our fiscal problem is that we spend … Continue reading

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