We’re tackling child poverty in 2015

Part of our mission at Louisiana Progress is to produce policies that promote economic opportunity for all Louisianians and to act as a policy and research hub for the progressive movement in our state. To that end, we work closely with other organizations throughout the state to offer best practice policies and technical assistance to […]

Summer Hunger Among Students With Free and Reduced-Price Lunch

Child hunger is a major issue facing Louisiana, which ranks near the top in both child poverty and hunger and food insecurity. According to the Kid Counts Data Center, a project of the Annie F. Casey Foundation, 27% of all children in our state face food insecurity. As of June 2013, 413,000 low-income children in Louisiana […]

Building a Toolkit: Senator Morrell’s Fight Against Campus Sexual Assault

This legislative session, a number of bills are being introduced that aim to address sexual assault in our higher education institutions. Taken together, these bills aim to build a meaningful toolkit for legislators and higher education officials to provide better prevention and response to student survivors of sexual violence. There are two bills being heard […]

5 things Louisiana must fund for the sake of our future

The first day of the 2015 Louisiana legislative session is two weeks away, and things are already starting to heat up at the Capitol. As the Appropriations Committee continues to meet and discuss the state budget, we’ll continue to advocate for responsible, common sense policy solutions and programs that have the potential to make a […]

Campus Sexual Assault: A View from Louisiana

Sexual assault on college campuses has gained increased national attention in recent years. Numerous studies have shown that female students are at high risk for experiencing rape and sexual assault during their time in college. Despite this awareness, campus sexual assault remains a troubling and frequent experience for many female students, despite various policy and […]

A moment of truth for higher education in Louisiana

We’ve written time and again on the persistent funding crisis for higher education in Louisiana. Higher education and healthcare in Louisiana have become the emergency funds for budget shortfalls over the course of the past few years, but the state passed two constitutional amendments to protect Medicaid funds on November 4, 2014 that further jeopardized […]

Homeless Children and Youth in Louisiana

Families and youth are some of the fastest growing populations of homeless people across the country and especially in Louisiana, where budget cuts to domestic violence programs have been pushing more families into the homeless system for the past couple of years.  According to data provided by the Louisiana Department of Education, there are at […]

Cross-Post: Behind the Charter Facade

This story is cross-posted with permission from The Progressive.   Jason France, aka Crazy Crawfish, writes a blog about education in Louisiana. I worked at the Louisiana Department of Education when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans. While many residents were drowning in their homes, choking on the oily toxic floodwaters, expiring from exposure on their rooftops, or furiously evacuating […]

Guest Post: NLC: Recruiting and Training the Next Generation of Progressive Political Entrepreneurs

David Gray and Racheal Hebert serve as the Co-Directors of the Louisiana chapter of the New Leaders Council.  Louisiana is consistently cited as one of the best places in the world for amazing food, strong culture and plenty of natural resources. But the Pelican State also has historically ranked near the bottom on many important […]

Students Feel Impact of Constitutional Amendment Insanity

Higher education and healthcare in Louisiana have become the emergency funds for budget shortfalls over the course of the past few years, but the state passed two constitutional amendments to protect Medicaid funds on November 4th.  Prioritizing Medicaid funding is a no-brainer, but the bizarre constitutional amendment process used in our state to secure funding […]