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May, 2004

Veto Pay Raises, PAR Says

The governor should feel no hesitation in vetoing an omnibus bill to provide pay raises for elected officials, if the bill makes it to her desk. This is the wrong way and certainly the wrong time to give a 58% increase in compensation to legislators and major pay raises to statewide elected officials, judges and […]

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School Accountability Plan on Collision Course with NCLB, PAR Says

School Accountability Plan on Collision Course with NCLB, PAR Says Posted: 05/05/2004 A potential collision between slowing student improvement and accelerating achievement goals spells serious problems for school accountability, the Public Affairs Research Council (PAR) said in its report “Close-up on Education Accountability” released today. “In addition, new federal rules for improving the performance of […]

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Keep Technical School Reforms, PAR Says

A proposed constitutional amendment co-authored by 15 Senators aims to undo a major 1998 reform that created the combined Louisiana Community and Technical College System. This reform created a new board to manage seven community colleges and the 42-campus technical college, which was formerly under the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE). The […]

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Property Assessment Reforms Needed, PAR Says

The governor is to be commended for her efforts to begin addressing serious problems in Louisiana’s property tax assessment system. The administration’s proposal to require assessors to post property assessments on the Web and the apparent energizing of the Louisiana Tax Commission to take a more active role in policing assessors’ work are welcome developments. […]

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