TOPS en Effort to Elevate TOPS Standards Ends <p>“It it’s not broken, let’s don’t try to fix it,” Senator Francis Thompson of Delhi summed up the sentiment of a majority of the Senate regarding TOPS.</p><p>TOPS isn’t broken, but many lawmakers see curbing the cost of the college scholarship program as part of the fix for the state budget. A measure that would have saved an estimated $24-million per year, by raising the standards for TOPS was argued on the Senate floor Monday.</p><p> Tue, 13 May 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Sue Lincoln 26489 at Effort to Elevate TOPS Standards Ends Raising the TOPS Bar <p>Every year, lawmakers look at the climbing cost of TOPS--$217-million this year, $235-million next year—and then start looking for ways to rein in the runaway expense. Dozens of bills are filed, and all usually die in committee.</p><p>Of the 20 TOPS bills filed for the current session, one has broken out of the usual pattern. SB 520, by Mandeville Senator Jack Donahue, is being heard by the full Senate today.</p><p> Mon, 12 May 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Sue Lincoln 26421 at Raising the TOPS Bar Higher Education: Paying More for Less <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>The House Appropriations Committee got a different look at the cost of six years’ worth of higher education cuts Monday, as the push is on for colleges and universities to better prepare students to fill new jobs coming to Louisiana.</p><p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Sue Lincoln 24865 at Higher Education: Paying More for Less THURSDAY: Former LSU Chancellor Jim Wharton <p>Jim talks with former LSU Chancellor James Wharton about the TOPS college tuition grant program and the state of Higher Education in Louisiana.</p><p> Wed, 15 May 2013 18:03:05 +0000 Jim Engster 10437 at Earl K Long Closure Officialized, Education Changes Proposed <p></p><p>Lawmakers have put the final nail in the coffin to close LSU’s public hospital in North Baton Rouge. In Wednesday’s Joint Budget Committee, the Baton Rouge delegation pointed to gaps in care for pregnant women, prisoners and mental health services.</p> Fri, 12 Apr 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Kelly Connelly 8747 at