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Louisiana Faces Uphill Battle to Close Achievement Gap, PAR Says

Louisiana Faces Uphill Battle to Close Achievement Gap, PAR Says Posted: 07/21/2004 Continuing to hold schools and districts accountable for improving student achievement and closing the academic achievement gap should remain the top priority for Louisiana, even as it becomes increasingly difficult to meet the goals of the federal No Child Left Behind Act of […]

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Governor’s Health Care Reform Panel Web Site Unveiled

Governor’s Health Care Reform Panel Web Site Unveiled Posted: 07/20/2004 The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) recently unveiled the Governor’s Health Care Reform Panel Web site. The site outlines the general mission of the Panel as well as provides additional Panel information, including its Preliminary Report, membership, events, media library and recent publications. […]

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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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PAR Elects Officers for 2004-2005

PAR Elects Officers for 2004-2005 Posted: 04/23/2004 George Nelson, Jr., President/CEO of Louisiana Companies, Inc., was re-elected chairman of the Public Affairs Research Council (PAR) Board of Directors at the organization’s annual conference in Baton Rouge on Friday, April 23. Before assuming the chairmanship of PAR, Nelson served the organization in a number of volunteer […]

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PAR Releases 2004 Guide to the Louisiana Legislature

PAR Releases 2004 Guide to the Louisiana Legislature Posted: 03/24/2004 Order Form for PAR’s 2004 Guide to the Louisiana Legislature The Public Affairs Research Council (PAR) announced the release of its “2004 PAR Guide to the Louisiana Legislature.” The 2004 Guide is now available in an entirely new format, with underwriting support provided by Entergy […]

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PAR’s 2004 Annual Conference to Focus on Health Care

PAR’s 2004 Annual Conference to Focus on Health Care Posted: 03/23/2004 Conference Brochure and Ticket Order Form The Public Affairs Research Council will hold its 2004 Annual Conference and Luncheon on Friday, April 23, at the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center in Baton Rouge. This year’s conference will focus on the future of health care […]

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PAR Recaps Its 62 Recommendations for State Development

PAR Recaps Its 62 Recommendations for State Development Posted: 02/23/2004 Over the past six months, the Public Affairs Research Council (PAR) has issued a series of four white papers addressing issues facing the new administration and Legislature to be elected this fall. The papers focused on the economic development potential of reforms in higher education, […]

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PAR Clarifies Misleading Headline

PAR Clarifies Misleading Headline Posted: 01/23/2004 An inaccurate headline on a story run statewide by various media has misled readers concerning the Public Affairs Research Council’s (PAR) position. The story was entitled “Official urges state to change oil, gas cap.” PAR did not urge the state to raise the cap on the amount of state […]

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PAR Calls for Stronger Governmental Ethics and Constitutional Revision

PAR Calls for Stronger Governmental Ethics and Constitutional Revision Posted: 09/24/2003 A state’s image plays an important role in economic development and Louisiana’s image has suffered from a history of lapses in governmental ethics, the Public Affairs Research Council (PAR) said in its “White Paper on Governmental Ethics and Constitutional Revision” released today. “While unethical […]

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PAR Outlines Policies to Improve Public Education

PAR Outlines Policies to Improve Public Education Posted: 09/10/2003 “Reforming public education is key to building Louisiana’s reputation as a state worthy of corporate investment and economic development,” the Public Affairs Research Council (PAR) said in its “White Paper on Elementary and Secondary Education” released today. “Maintaining a strong accountability program offers the best hope […]

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