Minden Press-Herald

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Jul 14th

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Teachers retiring in high numbers

BATON ROUGE (AP) — Louisiana teachers are continuing to retire at higher-than-usual numbers — more than 7,500 in the last two years.

The number of retirements in 2013 increased from the 24 percent increase last year.

Dana Vicknair, assistant director at Teachers Retirement System of Louisiana, tells The Advocate the figure is up about 1,000 from what they would normally see.

State Superintendent of Education John White said the exodus should be looked at as primarily a financial decision on the part of more veteran employees.

But school superintendents also said the decision has a lot to do with changes occurring in the classroom, including new teacher evaluations pushed by the Jindal administration, which one educator said created "a tipping point."

There are some 50,000 Louisiana public school teachers.

 

Jindal: 'No interest' in US Senate race in 2014

Jindal: 'No interest' in US Senate race in 2014

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said Monday that he has no plans to run against Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu next year, despite frequent specula...

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Senator draws attention with party switch video

BATON ROUGE . (AP) — By jumping to the GOP, Opelousas Sen. Elbert Guillory made history, becoming Louisiana's first black Republican state senator since Reconstruction.

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Vitter: Free cell phones being sold or swapped for drugs, money

Vitter: Free cell phones being sold or swapped for drugs, money

U.S. Senator David Vitter says he is outraged after an undercover investigation revealed 'free Obama cell phones' are being sold for drugs, shoes and handbags.

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Jindal issues budget cuts

BATON ROUGE — Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration has laid out plans to strip $46 million in state funds from next year's budget, largely from higher education and health ...

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Four LSU hospitals turned over to private managers

BATON ROUGE — LSU continued to shrink its hospital management footprint Monday, turning over its health facilities in four cities to private operators, including a shift ...

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Jindal signs House Bill 629

BATON ROUGE – Thursday, Gov. Bobby Jindal signed legislation into law that will protect taxpayers by helping agencies throughout state government collect outstanding debt...

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