May 1, 2014

Louisiana continues to underinvest in human capital

By Steve Spires

A new report provides a fresh layer of evidence that Louisiana’s colleges and universities have been uniquely hard hit by budget cuts in the wake of the Great Recession.

The report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities found that Louisiana has slashed state support for higher education more than almost any other state since 2008.… Read more...

March 20, 2014

Without funding, Act 3 may limit early childhood education accessibility

The state Legislature raised the standards for high-quality early childhood education programs when it passed Act 3 in 2012. But lawmakers did not authorize new funding to help centers meet the standards. Some parents are at risk of facing higher tuition costs next year, which they might not be able to afford without additional financial support for low-income and at-risk children.
January 28, 2014

Inside the higher education numbers

The good news from Gov. Bobby Jindal’s executive budget is that the bleeding has finally stopped in higher education. After five straight years of deep cuts to public colleges and universities, the proposed budget for 2014-15 actually calls for a slight funding increase. But when we unpack the numbers, there is actually less there than meets the eye.
September 19, 2013

Five things to know about this year’s U.S. Census data

New federal data on poverty, income and health coverage released Thursday, Sept. 19 by the U.S. Census Bureau contains a treasure trove of information about how Louisiana families live and work. But here are five key trends that you should know about today’s data: