Amy Jeffries

News Director

Amy started her career in public radio at WNPR in Hartford, CT more than a decade ago. NPR flew her in to Baton Rouge to help WRKF cover the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina while she was still based in the North. Here she found her journalistic calling.

After getting a Master of Journalism degree from the University of California, Berkeley and taking a detour through online media as a local editor for Patch, she finally returned to public radio and to Baton Rouge in January 2012.

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Affordable Care Act
3:44 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Jindal Presses Obama to Talk Medicaid with GOP Governors

Jindal, who is chairman of the Republican Governors Association, wrote to the president Thursday after a request from the Louisiana governor and 10 others went unanswered.

Republican governors, including Jindal, want flexibility on expanded eligibility criteria for Medicaid recipients, according to The Hill.

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Costs of Incarceration
6:02 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Regulators Cut Rate for Calls from Prison

The Louisiana Public Service Commission voted to roll back the rate charged to inmates by about 25 percent. With an amendment made Wednesday, the lowered rate only applies to calls to family members, clergy, legal counsel, and some government entities, including schools. The charge for calls will drop when existing prison phone service contracts end or in two years.

The five commissioners approved the rate change without objection after an unusually lengthy and at times tense debate.

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Baton Rouge Schools
4:23 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

How to Improve North BR Schools Debated

A lot of different ideas are being tried out to improve schools in north Baton Rouge. The civic group Better Baton Rouge brought together some of the major players Monday night to discuss the path to educational excellence.


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On the Ballot
3:47 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Next Justice to Help Decide Legislative Battles

Judge John Guidry (right) and Judge Jeff Hughes face off in a runoff election Dec. 8, 2012.
Credit Composite photo

Baton Rouge area voters will pick the next state Supreme Court justice in a runoff election Saturday. 

John Pierre, professor and vice chancellor at the Southern University Law Center, says the new justice will likely help decide the biggest battles of the past legislative session. The fight over private school vouchers is just one of them. 

 


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Education Overhaul
4:24 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

BESE Moves Ahead with 'Course Choice'

The state school board has authorized 45 organizations to offer courses to public school students starting next year. Most of the courses would be taught fully or partially online.

BESE made its decision even though a judge ruled Friday that paying for the program through the public school funding formula as planned is unconstitutional. Gov. Bobby Jindal said he will appeal that ruling, which was also blow to his private school voucher program.

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Vouchers on Trial
6:57 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

Judge: Vouchers Can't Be Paid for in Formula for Public School Support

Gov. Bobby Jindal plans to appeal a court ruling against his school voucher program. Teachers unions and local school boards filed suit to stop them.

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Vouchers on Trial
4:14 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

Voucher Ruling is In

State Judge Tim Kelley declared today that the way Louisiana lawmakers created the statewide private school voucher program was constitutional, but the way it was funded was not.

Kelley said the case had nothing to do with whether or not public funds can be used to support vouchers, but he said the state couldn’t do so through the public school funding formula known as the MFP.

The district court ruling is a victory for the teacher unions and school boards that want to stop the voucher program and others that would funnel money away from public schools.

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Vouchers on Trial
11:46 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Judge to Rule on Vouchers

19th District Court, Baton Rouge, La.
Credit Amy Jeffries / WRKF

Follow WRKF on Twitter from real-time updates from the trial.

Judge Tim Kelley will deliver a decision in 19th District Court Friday afternoon in the lawsuit challenging Louisiana's private school voucher program.

Both sides laid out closing arguments Friday morning.

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Vouchers on Trial
3:30 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Voucher Trial Heads to Closing Arguments

Follow WRKF on Twitter from real-time updates from the trial.

Lawyers on both sides of the lawsuit challenging the state's private school voucher program are slated to deliver closing arguments today in 19th District Court.

It's unclear if Judge Tim Kelley will immediately issue a ruling.


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Vouchers on Trial
4:12 am
Thu November 29, 2012

Funding Formula, Legislative Process Focus of Voucher Trial's First Day

The trial in the lawsuit from teacher unions and local school boards seeking to shutdown a statewide voucher program began Wednesday.

A state judge heard more than eight hours of complex testimony in 19th District Court.
 

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