Jeffrey D. Sadow is an associate professor of political science at Louisiana State University Shreveport. If you're an elected official, political operative or anyone else upset at his views, don't go bothering LSUS or LSU System officials about that because these are his own views solely.
This publishes Sunday through Thursday with the exception of 7 holidays. Also check out his Louisiana Legislature Log especially during legislative sessions (in "Louisiana Politics Blog Roll" below).
Louisiana law sometimes helps charter schools
maintain their independence and facilitates the benefits of school choice, but
sometimes it works against this.
this year, these schools won a battle to maintain public funding for some
of them when the Louisiana Supreme Court correctly ruled them as public
schools, even if run privately. A union and school district filed a legal
challenge alleging they weren’t, but the Court astutely noted
that the schools in question, which fell into a special chartering category,
contrary to the plaintiffs argument met the test that they were as “public
schools” didn’t equate to “city and parish school systems.”
Thus, one attempt by anti-choice forces to knock
out a segment of charter schools failed. But on another front they succeeded
last week in federal court.
Now they just have to mean what they say by following
through with action.
Louisiana’s Roman Catholic bishops seem poised
to implement a ground-breaking policy on dealing with sexual abuse
accusations against clergy, religious, and secular employees. The new tack
comes in the wake not only of increased national attention to the issue brought
by law enforcement investigations in other states, but also with additional
revelations in the past month of new abuse claims in Louisiana and of older
ones that led to church legal settlements.
St. Martin Parish, accusers have gone to court over the behavior of one
long-time priest. In
Orleans Parish, information has come out about a settlement over the
behavior of Jesuit High School employees, including priests. In
Jefferson Parish, abuse revelations surfaced about a layperson for decades employed
as a teacher in New Orleans and River Ridge and who served as a deacon in Metairie.
In the pages of The Advocate, I noted two similarities between Edwards and Obama:
they both subscribed to an imperialistic view of a chief executive’s powers and
they both used their offices to campaign permanently and constantly. For the
latter, I gave a couple of examples where Edwards delivered criticism about a
potential opponent, Landry, over issues that had nothing to do with the
governor’s office: whether the state’s attorney general could initiate an
investigation of potential crimes despite constitutional prohibitions on that
and Landry’s joining the state with others to a dispute over the
constitutionality of the (misnamed) Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Yet others I know saw irony over using incidents
with Landry as an example of Edwards’ permanent campaign, because they believed
Landry displayed the same penchant. No doubt Landry does publicize activities
of his office as these relate to political issues of the day. For example, when
last week he issued
an opinion on Edwards’ powers as these relate to appointing a member of the
Red River Waterway Commission, which declared a recent Edwards appointment open
to legal challenge, unlike most he made a news
release for it. He also held a news conference over it and reiterated its
contents in a social
media post today.