Education

May 4, 2020

Student loan reforms are still needed

People who borrowed money to pay for college or trade school owe a combined $1.7 trillion to their creditors. Even before the coronavirus upended America’s economy, many of these borrowers were struggling to keep up with payments, which also made it harder for millions of people to save for a home, put aside money for retirement or even afford basic necessities. Read more...

October 29, 2019

Questions for the candidates

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Gov. John Bel Edwards and Baton Rouge businessman Eddie Rispone will meet for their first – and likely only – head-to-head debate on Oct. 30 (Louisiana Public Broadcasting from 7-8 p.m.).Read more...

October 23, 2019

Louisiana’s decade of disinvestment in higher education

BATON ROUGE – A decade after Louisiana began making deep cuts in its support for higher education, the effect of those reductions continue to linger. A new report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities found that tuition at four-year public universities in Louisiana has increased by 106.9% or $4,810 per student, since 2008.Read more...

September 18, 2019

Public school funding should keep up with inflation

Public school districts in Louisiana will receive an additional $54 in state funding for every enrolled student this year, thanks to an increase in per-pupil spending approved by the Legislature. The increase in the minimum base amount of state and local spending per student brought that amount to $4,015. Read more...