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we did not get here today

As it often does regarding the Department of Children and Family Services, Governor Jindal’s name popped up in Louisiana news this week in stories about children poorly protected by DCFS. It is hard to dispute his administration’s impact on Louisiana’s child welfare system, but in my opinion, those who still…

louisiana legislature recognizes the cost of its 10-year attack on k-12 education

According to the Southern Regional Education Board, Louisiana’s Children lagged all other southern states for high school graduation rates from 2016 to 2019. Louisiana also has the lowest 6-year graduation rates from 4-year public colleges. Outcomes like these do not occur by chance. Causes have effects.

Children are NEVER prostitutes

One of the larger newspapers in southwest Louisiana and a regional television station published news articles last week about the sexual exploitation of two Children. The articles incorrectly identified the two Children as prostitutes. Children are never prostitutes. These two Children were sold and raped. I contacted the news desk,…

endings are complicated

Endings are complicated. Typing was once a more physical experience. Each page of paper was inserted and rolled around a platen. Each keypress was a levered, mechanical event. With each inked letter impressed on the paper, a third of the typewriter’s mass, the part called “the carriage,” would move one…

south carolina faces “outside the state” prtf dilemma

That a state would have insufficient intensive residential care for children is more common than one would expect. South Carolina’s Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) is desperate for access to psychiatric residential treatment facility (PRTF) beds for children. That state’s PRTF beds are filled with children from other states, leaving…

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