Inked: Saying “a great education cures a lot of ills,” Gov. John Bel Edwards on Tuesday signed Louisiana’s $30 billion operating budget at a Baton Rouge elementary school where he hailed the first statewide public school teacher raise in a decade. The 2019-20 budget starting July 1 contains increases for public elementary and secondary schools, colleges and universities, early learning programs, health care services and public safety programs. Read the full Associated Press budget analysis.
Fresh faces: Emerge Louisiana, the organization that recruits and trains Democratic women to run for office in the state, will graduate its second group of cohorts on Saturday in New Orleans. This event honors the 21 class members—none from Baton Rouge—who completed 70 hours of in-depth candidate training over six-months. Six of the women have already launched campaigns for public office. The 2019 class members are actively running for the state House and Senate as well as Congressional, judicial and school board seats.
A different kind of literacy: LSU announced Tina M. Harris is joining the faculty as the Manship-Maynard Chair in Race, Media and Cultural Literacy—the first position of its type in the country. Harris will do research and teaching on advancing issues of diversity, access and social justice in media and society. Harris currently studies interracial communication and is a professor in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Georgia.