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Minimal monitoring for special education programs highlighted in state audit

by Allison Allsop, Louisiana Illuminator May 24, 2024 Thousands of Louisiana students with disabilities have been in special education programs that have operated with minimal oversight for more than seven years, a new state audit reveals.  While some of the school systems in question claim to have carefully monitored the…

Kids held in adult Louisiana jail sleep on floor, shot with pepper balls, filing says

The report below by Elizabeth Weill-Greenbert, published in the Louisiana Illuminator, describes preventable conditions for children in OJJ custody if Louisiana had given the Office of Juvenile Justice the support it required in the past and maintained a rehabilitative environment of care for children in OJJ custody. While this article…

Unmet Needs: Critics Cite Failures in Health Care for Vulnerable Foster Children

by Andy Miller and Rebecca Grapevine January 25, 2023 One night last month, a 9-year-old boy who had autism and talked about killing himself was among about 70 foster care children and youth under state supervision sleeping in hotels across Georgia. Georgia’s designated health insurer for foster care, Amerigroup Community…

Children and Journalists

So, about Louisiana’s children and journalists who write about their unmet needs. As an advocate for children, I am also an avid supporter of journalists who give children and their needs the attention they deserve. Don’t you see, Louisiana’s children need the proverbial “power of the pen” on their side.…

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…

Happy New Year, 2022!

I am thinking this evening about the transition we will all soon make into 2022. Whatever is behind us – and there is much – we now say to each other, “Happy New Year, 2022!” “Happy New Year” is about the future. Saying, “Have a Happy New Year” expresses our…

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