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April, 2003

PAR Recommends Higher Education Reforms

PAR Recommends Higher Education Reforms Posted: 04/29/2003 Expanding the community and technical college system and upgrading LSU to national competitiveness are among the reforms that would boost higher education’s impact on the Louisiana economy, PAR reports in its “White Paper on Higher Education,” released today. There is no quick fix for the state’s unorthodox and […]

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PAR Questions Secret Votes on Legislative Auditor Candidates

The voting procedure used to select legislative auditor candidates runs counter to the Open Meetings Law. On two separate occasions in the past week, the search committee used secret ballots. The law states that “Each public body shall be prohibited from utilizing any manner of proxy voting procedure, secret balloting, or any other means to […]

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PAR Says Merit Selection of Judges Should Be Considered

Serious consideration should be given this legislative session to moving the state away from its current method of electing judges toward a merit-based system for selecting judges at the district court level and above. New data on judicial campaign finance and election results through the 2002 elections confirm past findings. PAR consistently finds troubling results […]

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PAR Says Accountability Program Faces Major Challenges

PAR Says Accountability Program Faces Major Challenges Posted: 04/08/2003 Important decisions must be made this year that could reshape the state’s School and District Accountability Program, the Public Affairs Research Council (PAR) said in a report released today. The third in a series entitled “Close-up on Education Accountability” focused on three major areas of concern […]

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PAR Elects Officers For 2003-2004

PAR Elects Officers For 2003-2004 Posted: 04/07/2003 EDITOR’S NOTE: PLEASE FIND ATTACHED A LIST OF THE 2003-2004 PAR BOARD OF DIRECTORS. YOU MAY WANT TO HIGHLIGHT PEOPLE FROM YOUR COMMUNITY. George Nelson, Jr., President/CEO of Louisiana Companies, Inc., was elected chairman of the Public Affairs Research Council (PAR) Board of Directors at the organization=s annual […]

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White Paper on Higher Education

This is the first report in PAR’s four-part white paper series to inform the issue debates of the 2003 gubernatorial and legislative campaigns. The white papers will address the topics of higher education, state finance, K-12 education, and governmental ethics/constitutional revisions Executive Summary Higher education has the potential to become a more substantial driver of […]

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