Decision day: The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board will select the system’s new superintendent at a 5 p.m. meeting today. Two women are up for the job, Leslie Brown and Nakia Towns. Brown is the chief portfolio services officer for Broward County Public Schools in Florida. Towns is the chief of staff for the Hamilton County Department of Education in Tennessee. WAFB-TV has the full story.
Louisiana lagging: Gov. John Bel Edwards on Wednesday urged more Louisiana residents to respond to the 2020 U.S. census, saying the state’s participation rate is among the lowest in the nation. About 56% of Louisiana households have responded to the census online, by mail or by phone so far, compared with a national rate topping 61%. Edwards said Louisiana ranks 44th in the nation and last in the Deep South in participation. Read the full story.
Company holiday: A small but growing number of employers have moved to observe Juneteenth, which commemorates the end of slavery in the U.S., as a company holiday, The Wall Street Journal reports. Plans to observe the June 19 holiday have moved swiftly across corporate America in the weeks following the killing of George Floyd, with businesses ranging from Nike and Twitter to law firm Nixon Peabody LLP and Spotify Technology SA, announcing employees would have a paid day off. Target is closing its Minneapolis headquarters Friday and offered time-and-a-half pay for hourly employees who work. Read the full story.