On average, kids in Louisiana public schools tested slightly better on their standardized tests this year. But New Orleans-area kids still trail behind the state, and achievment gaps for certain groups of students remain persistent.
Lawmakers in Louisiana’s House reached a bipartisan compromise Friday, ending a months-long stalemate over taxes. The House narrowly approved setting the state sales tax rate at 4.45% starting July 1. That rate would stay in place for 7 years - until 2025.