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On the Ballot: Jefferson Parish Taxes

Nov 17, 2016

Ballot Issues

In On the Ballot: Jefferson Parish Taxes, December 10, 2016, BGR examines and takes positions on four dedicated taxes up for renewal: a sales tax for parish sewerage, road and drainage projects, law enforcement and municipal governments in Jefferson; and three property taxes for parish drainage, recreation and public schools.

Two-Authorizer Structure Critical to Charter Schools’ Success

Apr 27, 2016

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In One Plus One: The Dual Authorizer Structure and the Future of New Orleans Schools, BGR seeks to inform lawmakers and the public about the charter authorizing structure in Orleans Parish and the potential risks that accompany a diminished role for the state in charter management. (The report is the second in a series on school governance; the first, The Accidental Steward: The Orleans Parish School Board as a Resource Manager in the Reform Era, is also available on this website.)

School Board Improving Financial Stewardship

Nov 18, 2015

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In School Board Takes a Key Step Toward Better Stewardship, BGR commends the Orleans Parish School Board for taking steps to preserve the bulk of its $45 million operating reserve for the benefit of the system as a whole. It also calls on the School Board to take additional steps to improve its financial stewardship over New Orleans’ unique public education system.

BGR Reviews Proposed Orleans Schools Tax, Jefferson Charter Changes

Nov 6, 2014

On the Ballot: November 4, 2014

In On the Ballot: December 6, 2014, BGR explains, analyzes and takes positions on a proposed tax for the upkeep of public schools in New Orleans and 11 propositions to amend the Jefferson Parish charter.

Report Looks at School Board’s Performance as Financial Steward

Apr 25, 2013

School Governance

In The Accidental Steward: The Orleans Parish School Board as a Resource Manager in the Reform Era, BGR examines the School Board’s performance as the financial steward for all public schools in Orleans.

Metro Area Pension Costs and the Factors that Drive Them

Nov 9, 2012

In The Rising Cost of Yesterday: Metro Area Pension Costs and the Factors that Drive Them, BGR examines 18 defined benefit pension plans available to local government workers in Jefferson, Orleans and St. Tammany parishes (the Plans). The report tallies the costs the Plans impose on local government entities in the three parishes, and compares the pension benefits they offer to those available to private sector workers and other state and local government workers across the U.S.

On the Ballot: November 6, 2012

Oct 1, 2012

Ballot Issues

In On the Ballot: November 6, 2012, BGR examines three proposed constitutional amendments, two propositions pertaining to multiple parishes in the New Orleans area, a proposed change to the City of New Orleans charter and two local tax propositions.

Making Choice Right: Can Private School Vouchers Live Up to Their Promises?

Mar 13, 2012

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In Making Choice Right: Can Private School Vouchers Live Up to Their Promises? BGR examines the statewide school voucher program that the Governor is proposing, as well as the pilot program that has been in effect in Orleans Parish since 2008.

BGR Examines Local, State Items on Fall Ballots

Oct 6, 2011

Ballot Issues

In On the Ballot: Local and State Propositions, October and November 2011, BGR examines charter amendments in Jefferson and Orleans parishes, tax propositions in Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard and St. Tammany parishes, and six amendments to the state constitution.

BGR Comments on Proposed Amendments to School Facilities Master Plan

Aug 1, 2011

In this letter to the Orleans Parish School Board, State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, and the Recovery School District Superintendent, BGR joins with seven local business and civic organizations to ask the school districts to go back to the drawing board on proposed amendments to New Orleans’ School Facilities Master Plan.

Public School Governance in New Orleans

May 19, 2010

Managing Innovation

In Managing Innovation: Models for Governing the System of Public Schools in New Orleans (May 2010), BGR and Tulane University’s Cowen Institute present five potential models for governing public schools in New Orleans and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each.

Schools Plan: Unanswered Questions

Sep 24, 2008

BGR’s release, School Facilities Plan Leaves Financing Questions Unanswered (9/24/08), examines the financial component of the School Facilities Master Plan for Orleans Parish.

On the Ballot: Orleans School Taxes

Jun 23, 2008

On The Ballot - Schools (July 2008)

On the Ballot: Orleans Parish School Tax Renewals provides an overview of four New Orleans property tax millages up for voter renewal on July 19.

Municipal Bankruptcy in Perspective

Apr 5, 2006

BGR and PAR have issued a joint report calling for a full appraisal of financial options for local governments in fiscal crisis.

April 17, 2004 Ballot Issue

Apr 17, 2004

BGR analyzes the property tax renewal, considering the taxpayers’ investment and its importance to the school system.

BGR Outlook on Jefferson: Jefferson Parish Public School System Performance and Financial Review

Jun 11, 2001

This Outlook discusses the financial challenges facing the JPPSS and the current academic performance of its schools.

BGR Outlook on Jefferson: The Jefferson Parish School Board Budget

Oct 11, 1999

The purpose of this issue is to provide an update on fiscal status of the Jefferson Parish Public Schools with a focus on the revised FY1999 and the adopted FY2000 operating budgets.

The Orleans Parish School Board’s Y2K Project

Jul 12, 1999

An overview and status report on the school board’s new management information system and the computer networking project to bring the internet and other educational resources to the classroom.

BGR Outlook on Jefferson: The Jefferson Parish School Board

Jul 13, 1998

This issue of the BGR Outlook on Jefferson examines the Jefferson Parish School Board’s finances. The 16-page report analyzes the factors leading to recent operating budget deficits and discusses potential solutions.

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