Monthly Archives: April 2016

Parents say New Orleans school funding discriminates

Parents say New Orleans school funding discriminates

 

 

Danielle Dreilinger of The Times-Picayune reports that four New Orleans families sought to intervene in a $390 million lawsuit Monday (April 4) saying the way the city has funded its public schools discriminates against African American, Hispanic and disabled children.

 

New Orleans receives a block grant of public school funding […]

By |April 28th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Palestinian Teacher Awarded $1 Million

Palestinian Teacher Awarded $1 Million

 

 

Susannah Cullinane of CNN reports that an elementary teacher who grew up in a Palestinian refugee camp has won a $1 million prize recognizing the “outstanding contribution” she has made to her profession.

 

Hanan Al Hroub, from Bethlehem in the West Bank, was awarded the Global Teacher Prize at a ceremony in […]

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Louisiana could take cues from other states to trim prison population

 

Louisiana could take cues from other states to trim prison population

 

Will Sentell of The New Orleans Advocate reports that Bernette J. Johnson, the first black chief justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court, noted the United states leads the world in prison lockups – and Louisiana leads the nation in the same category – during a […]

By |April 28th, 2016|New Orleans Local News|0 Comments

Supreme Court Hands Down First 4-to-4 Decision Since Antonin Scalia’s Death

Supreme Court Hands Down First 4-to-4 Decision Since Antonin Scalia’s Death
Cristian Farias of The Huffington Post reports that The Supreme Court issued its first evenly split ruling since the death of Justice Antonin Scalia on Tuesday (March 29). The decision was over a minor banking case involving spouses who serve as guarantors for each other’s […]

By |April 28th, 2016|Supreme Court|0 Comments

Brother of dead inmate questions staffing levels at New Orleans’ new jail

The New Orleans Advocate: Brother of dead inmate questions staffing levels at New Orleans’ new jail

 

 

Jim Mustian of The New Orleans Advocate reports that the brother of a bipolar man who hanged himself at the Orleans Justice Center over the weekend expressed outrage Wednesday (March 16) at the lack of supervision inside the city’s new […]

By |April 26th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Obama Administration Offers Help for Addiction Patients

Obama Administration Offers Help for Addiction Patients

 

 

Jason Cherkis of The Huffington Post reports that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a proposed rule on Tuesday to double the number of patients a doctor can treat with an opioid addiction medication that public health officials consider essential. The change could help reduce waiting […]

By |April 26th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Supreme Court rules against conservative voter rights case

Supreme Court rules against conservative voter rights case

 

 

Samantha Lachman of The Huffington Post reports that Democrats and voting rights advocates won a “huge victory” at the Supreme Court on Monday with a unanimous decision preserving the way state legislative districts are currently drawn.

 

In the case, Evenwell v. Abbott, conservatives in Texas argued that the votes […]

By |April 26th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Life Sentences for Minors

Life Sentences for Minors

 

 

Amber Phillips of The Washington Post reports that most of the states that have issued bans on the practice of sentencing minors to life without parole are Republican-leaning states. Twenty –one states ban entirely or in most cases sentencing minors to life.

 

Many of the bans issued have been over the past decade, […]

By |April 26th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Human Rights Watch releases report on HIV-positive inmates in Louisiana prisons

Human Rights Watch releases report on HIV-positive inmates receiving insufficient care in Louisiana prisons

 

 

David Lohr of The Huffington Post reports that the international advocacy group Human Rights Watch released a 70-page report this week chastising Louisiana for endangering HIV-positive inmates. The report, entitled Paying the Price: Failure to Deliver HIV Services in Louisiana Parish Jails, […]

By |April 26th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Same-Sex Adoption Upheld

Same-Sex Adoption Upheld

 

Nina Totenberg of NPR reports that the U.S. Supreme Court has unanimously reverse an Alabama Supreme Court ruling that denied parental rights to a lesbian adoptive mother who had split with her partner.

 

The two women in the case were together for 16 years, and had three children conceived by assisted reproductive technology. The […]

By |April 8th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments