Idea for Louisiana school building authority flops once more
The fourth time was not the charm for Sen. Karen Carter Peterson's effort to establish a statewide school construction authority that would set priorities across a Louisiana public school system riddled with dilapidated structures, The Times-Picayune reports. The Senate Education Committee spiked the idea Thursday without a single supporting vote. Peterson was able to pass some form of a bill in 2008 and 2010 to create a Louisiana Statewide Education Facilities Authority, which would involve the state in school construction projects that now are exclusively a local responsibility. Both times, Gov. Bobby Jindal vetoed it, arguing that such a measure could lead to local school construction crowding out other projects from the state's limited capital outlay budget and other revenue sources. Peterson says it should be a state responsibility to ensure all public school students can learn in acceptable facilities, and notes 41 states and Washington, D.C., contribute to the construction of local school facilities. According to the Cowen Institute at Tulane University, almost 90% of Louisiana schools report a need to repair or replace all or part of their physical plant. Check out the full story here.
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