PAR’s mission is to be Louisiana’s independent voice offering solutions to crucial issues for the betterment of our state through accurate, objective research and focusing public attention on those solutions.
PAR launched a new initiative providing ongoing fiscal oversight of the state’s spending on coastal restoration and protection and its job impacts. PAR will identify issues concerning fiscal policy, transparency and the decision making process but will not cover environmental or engineering evaluations.
This portal is designed to serve as a guide and resource to citizens about Louisiana’s Sunshine Laws. Statutes that require government agencies to do their work in public are called “sunshine laws.” These laws typically govern public records and meetings. Each state has their own sunshine laws. Federal government agencies must follow the “Federal Freedom of Information Act.”
To help Louisiana’s citizens and decision-makers better understand the state’s budget deficit, PAR has developed a hub containing links to important organizations and academic resources. Exclusive PAR reports and commentary on the 2019 regular and extraordinary sessions can also be found here.
BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — It is estimated Louisiana needs to hire over 2,500 teachers to address the current shortage. New legislation takes aim at retired teachers to get them to come back to the classroom.
Lawmakers emphasized Louisiana is facing a critical teaching shortage and they hope retirees can come back to help with the issue in the short term.
State Superintendent Cade Brumley recently stated in a PAR webinar that about 50,000 kids are impacted by the teacher shortage in the state right now. A lot of the issue is there aren’t enough certified and qualified teachers to fill the positions. This leads to bigger classes and a higher turnover rate for teachers.
Even as they wisely steer money to debt payments, education and infrastructure investments, Louisiana lawmakers also are making the short-sighted, politically driven decision to spend millions of dollars on local pet projects without public vetting or explanation, the Public Affairs Research Council writes in a new commentary.