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October 18, 2018

Haggling over teacher pay

Gov. John Bel Edwards and several legislators have said that pay raises for public school teachers and support workers is a top priority in 2019. But the exact size of that raise is likely to be the subject of heated debate in the coming months - a skirmish that started Wednesday when a state task force began reviewing the annual state funding formula for public schools.  

Number of the Day

$12.2 million - Savings this fiscal year as a result of 2017 criminal justice reforms that have reduced Louisiana’s prison population. (Source: AP)
September 13, 2018

New Orleans poverty rate top among U.S. metros

New Orleans had the nation’s highest official poverty rate among the 50 largest metro areas in 2017, according to Census data released Thursday.

Number of the Day

899,039 - Number of Louisiana residents living below the poverty line in 2017, nearly one in five people in the state (19.7%). (Source: American Community Survey)