Articles written by: Matt Cole

Freedom Drives Success in New Orleans Charter School Revolution
Education / Featured

Freedom Drives Success in New Orleans Charter School Revolution

Reforms made after the storm have transformed the New Orleans public education system, with the most notable of these changes dubbed the “charter school revolution.”

Louisiana Pensions Among Most Underfunded
Budget / Featured

Louisiana Pensions Among Most Underfunded

A study of the 100 largest public pension plans in the U.S. highlights Louisiana’s pension fund troubles.

Louisiana’s Business Climate Rated Highly in Recent Studies
Budget / Featured / Pelican Site Featured / Taxes

Louisiana’s Business Climate Rated Highly in Recent Studies

It is widely expected that tax reform will be the Jindal administration’s primary goal in the 2013 Louisiana legislative session. In a recent Advocate report, Tim Barfield from the Department of Revenue addressed the need for reform, pointing out that it is the “sticker price” and not the actual tax burden that is hampering “Louisiana’s efforts to attract businesses.”

Record 47 Million Americans Now Receive Food Stamps
Budget / Featured / Poverty / Spending

Record 47 Million Americans Now Receive Food Stamps

Although food stamp participation rates typically increase during a recession, a new study demonstrates that the rate of growth between 2008 and 2012 is unique.

Teacher Evaluations Highlight Divide Between Unions and Reformers
Education / Featured / Pelican Site Featured

Teacher Evaluations Highlight Divide Between Unions and Reformers

The new system of evaluating teacher effectiveness often includes “value-added” data that measures the extra value a teacher adds to a student’s standardized test score. Value-added data offers an objective measure of teacher effectiveness that did not previously exist.