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Louisiana Supreme Court dismisses criminal charges against pastor for defying COVID-19 restrictions

(The Center Square) — The Louisiana Supreme Court has dismissed criminal charges against a pastor who defied Gov. John Bel Edwards’ coronavirus restrictions in 2020.…

Louisiana Senate passes Reading Education Savings Account program bill

(The Center Square) – A bill to create a Reading Education Savings Account Program for struggling students cleared the Louisiana Senate. Lawmakers approved Senate Bill…

Louisiana House passes bill to require schools to inform parents about immunization exemptions

(The Center Square) – A bill to require Louisiana schools to inform students and parents about exemptions from school immunizations cleared the House this week.…

Louisiana House passes education savings account bill for disabled students

(The Center Square) – Legislation to create Education Savings Accounts for students with exceptionalities passed the Louisiana House. Lawmakers voted 91-1 to approve House Bill 194,…

Louisiana House committee approves school finance transparency bill

(The Center Square) — The Louisiana House Education Committee approved legislation this week to increase transparency of school finances by requiring school districts to post…

Louisiana House committee approves two school choice-related bills

(The Center Square) — Bills to give parents of certain students more educational options gained approval from the House Committee on Appropriations, while another broader…

Bipartisan panel says changes need to be made to North Carolina’s education system

(The Center Square) — The Hunt-Lee commission — a bipartisan panel of lawmakers, business, philanthropic and education leaders — have released a report outlining needed…

Louisiana Senate committee clears bill that could end income reporting for merit-based scholarship

(The Center Square) — A bill to eliminate reporting of family income for Louisiana’s merit-based scholarship program has cleared the Senate Committee on Education. Committee…

Parents’ Bill of Rights proposed by North Carolina policy group

(The Center Square) – A North Carolina think tank is proposing a Parents’ Bill of Rights to give parents more authority in their children’s education.…

Louisiana bill requiring athletes to compete according to biological sex passes Senate

(The Center Square) — Legislation to require transgender student athletes to compete on teams that correspond to their biological gender gained approval by the Senate…

Law that allows North Carolina towns to create charter schools in the clear after court decision

(The Center Square) – The North Carolina Court of Appeals has dismissed a lawsuit challenging a state law that allows towns in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School…

GOP leaders look to squash union’s ‘burdensome’ ways in North Carolina school-choice case

(The Center Square) – Republicans in the General Assembly want the North Carolina Court of Appeals to halt proceedings in a lower court challenge to…

Failed veto override means North Carolina school mask decisions remain with districts

(The Center Square) – An attempt by North Carolina Senate Republicans to override a veto by Gov. Roy Cooper to make masks optional in schools…

Louisiana higher ed officials explain why they want more state money

(The Center Square) — Louisiana higher education officials testified before the Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday, fielding questions on requested increases in student aid, a…

Education spending, literacy among topics covered in Louisiana budget meeting

(The Center Square) – Officials with the Louisiana Department of Education testified Monday on the governor’s proposed budget in the House Committee on Appropriations, where…

Head Start teachers in 3 states suing over Biden administration’s COVID vaccination mandate

(The Center Square) — Head Start teachers in Louisiana, Ohio and Virginia are suing the Biden administration over a nationwide COVID-19 vaccination mandate for the…

Pennsylvania Republicans demand 2021 student test results

(The Center Square) – Republicans in the General Assembly are demanding the Pennsylvania Department of Education release student test results from 2021 to incorporate the…

Louisiana lawmaker wants to require schools to post class materials online

(The Center Square) – At least one Louisiana lawmaker wants to give parents a better understanding of what their children are learning in school. State…

Report: School-choice demand shows why Pennsylvania lawmakers should expand programs

(The Center Square) — A new report is highlighting the record-high demand for Pennsylvania’s school-choice programs as evidence lawmakers in Harrisburg should consider better ways…