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Governor's Race, Charter Schools, Teacher Pay, New Tech Infrastructure | 01/25/2019 | Louisiana: The State We're In

The Governor’s Race Begins

This week the Governor’s race ramped up with candidate websites going online and campaigning beginning. There are three candidates right now. Incumbent Democrat John Bel Edwards and GOP challengers Eddie Rispone and U.S. Representative Ralph Abraham. Andre’ discusses the current political scene with The Advocate’s Elizabeth Crisp and USA Network’s Greg Hilburn.

Charter Schools in Louisiana

A recent report about the state’s charter schools is raising questions. The report from the League of Women Voters proposes that charters need more oversight; that their growth, 84,000 students now, up from 18,000 12 years ago, is a concern. They also compete for dollars that would typically go to public schools. Caroline Roemer, the Executive Director of the State Association of Charter Schools, discusses Charter Schools and the report with Andre’.

Teacher Pay

Louisiana public school teachers returning to the classroom in January, may see a pay increase on the horizon. Governor John Bel Edwards says his top priority for the 2019 legislative session is funding a teacher pay raise. What is an adequate raise? How will a salary increase and teacher retirement costs be funded? "Louisiana Public Square" looks for answers to these questions in this preview.

New Technology to Improve Infrastructure

With the need to modernize America's infrastructure, researchers might have the answer with Engineered Cementitious Composite, ECC for short, or simply "bendable concrete." Created in the mid-1990s, ECC is extremely strong and reliable, but is equally expensive to manufacture. But LSU researchers have now found a reasonably priced way of creating ECC by using fine sand from the Mississippi River instead of the expensive micro silica, thereby allowing for the use of ECC for a fraction of the cost of the original formula.