Robots are changing the world

Robots are changing the world

Louisiana is the second-most vulnerable state to the loss of jobs to robotics, according to a new report from Oxford Economics. However, the Bayou state isn’t alone in the future displacement of workers by automations, as an estimated 20 million manufacturing jobs (8.5% of the global manufacturing workforce) could be displaced by industrial robots by 2030. 

The rise of robotics will increase productivity and economic growth. It will lead, too, to the creation of new jobs in yet-to-exist industries, in a process of ‘creative destruction.’ But existing business models across many sectors will be seriously disrupted. And tens of millions of existing jobs will be lost, with human workers displaced by robots at an increasing rate as robots become steadily more sophisticated. 

 

Teachers demand affordable housing for students
Teachers in Chicago went on strike Thursday, demanding pay raises, capped class sizes and more classroom resources. These are similar demands that teachers in a half dozen states made when they left their classrooms last year. But one thing teachers in the Windy City are asking for is new: affordable housing for their students. The Washington Post’s Moriah Balingit and Kim Bellware have the report:

In addition to bread-and-butter issues, teachers are hoping to force the city to commit to easing a housing crisis that has driven out many of the city’s black residents. More than 16,000 students were counted as homeless in 2018. It means teachers, in addition to educating students, often have to ensure their basic needs are being met. Elementary special-education teacher and union delegate Katie Osgood recalled working at a school where she had a special education student who was homeless and slept in homeless shelters on the weekend. “We had to find out if she had food and clean clothes,” Osgood said. “This is what our little guys deal with.”

 

A call for a skilled workforce
Employers in the United States have long complained of a lack of skilled workers. But an industry-sponsored group in Louisiana is trying to do something about it. As Holly Duchmann of the Baton Rouge Business Report explains, Louisiana Calling is in the midst of a multi-year campaign to attract, educate and train workers to fill the state’s high-demand jobs. 

“The reality is that Louisiana has a strong economy,” [Monty Sullivan, president of LCTCS] says. “But those jobs are limited to people with the skills and education needed to be hired. News headlines talk about unemployment rates but those aren’t necessarily reflective of the skills in demand.”

 

A ‘roll forward’ of property taxes
The New Orleans Public School System is requesting the Orleans Parish School Board to maintain the current property tax rate. The move would create a $400 per-pupil funding increase, or nearly $19 million overall. While some argue that maintaining the current rate equates to a tax increase, Marta Jewson of The Lens explains the ramifications if property taxes are decreased. 

“The Louisiana Department of Education has estimated that state funding to New Orleans Public Schools will decrease by 9.1 million dollars,” Allison said during a comprehensive presentation on the property tax rates — called millages — to Orleans Parish School Board members at a budget committee meeting Tuesday afternoon. “This is due to the increase in taxable value.” “It is for this reason the administration is recommending a full roll forward of all millages,” Allison said. 

 

Number of the Day
13% – Increase in likelihood that black students will enroll in college if they have one black teacher by third grade. (Source: The Hechinger Report