higher education

Governor Talks TOPS

Nov 17, 2016
LOSFA

Students attending school on TOPS scholarships are receiving letters that they’ll owe 60% of their tuition in the Spring semester. Speaking on his monthly radio show, Governor John Bel Edwards says it didn’t have to be this way. 


Wallis Watkins

On Wednesday, Governor John Bel Edwards unveiled plans for a new 20,000 square foot collision repair training center for Baton Rouge Community College.


Wikimedia Commons

For over a year now, the Sales Tax Streamlining and Modernization commission has been attempting to simplify the way Louisiana collects sales taxes. 


Gambling State University

The University of Louisiana System Board of Regents met this week to name a new president for Grambling State University. According to acting University of Louisiana System President Dan Reneau, political awareness is a prerequisite for the job. 


Louisiana House of Representatives Broadcast

On Wednesday, House Ways and Means took up tax-raising measures that could help fill the $600 million budget gap the state is facing next fiscal year, which starts July 1.


LOSFA

The House Education committee advanced a bill Tuesday changing TOPS allocations during a budget shortfall. Committee chair Nancy Landry is the author.

“If there was a five percent shortage, then everyone would get five percent less,” she explained.


Don't Play Away

May 5, 2016
ULM Athletics

“It’s not a perfect bill," said Baton Rouge Representative Steve Carter of his HB 971, a bill which would prohibit some public university athletic teams from traveling more than 375 miles for a game. 


One Board to Rule Them All

Apr 22, 2016
etsy.com

It’s been discussed and studied, more than once.

“I got a nice report, plenty of paper. Nothing’s happened.”

So Senator Conrad Appel  of Metairie says it’s time to consolidate governance of Louisiana higher education.

“My bill is to go with one board – one single board.”

Appel says lawmakers have tried to help Higher Ed do more with less, but, “I don’t see any progress. I don’t see any possibility of progress. And I don’t see any mo’ money.”

Wallis Watkins

Nearly two thousand students from colleges and universities around Louisiana showed up at the state Capitol on Wednesday. About a dozen lawmakers were in attendance as well. 


TOPS Uncertainty

Feb 15, 2016
courtesy LOSFA

“The people out there – all they hear is that TOPS is over,” West Monroe Senator Mike Walsworth complained Monday.

Walsworth is one of many lawmakers who have been inundated with calls and emails from constituents, worried about the popular college scholarship program being curtailed. 


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