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TOPS revamp to usher in separate bill allowing universities, not lawmakers, to set tuition

Advocate Photo by MARK BALLARD -- State Senate Finance Committee Chairman Jack Donahue, R-Mandeville, left,  Phyllis Taylor, whose late husband founded the Taylor Opportunity Program for Students, and Senate Education Committee Chairman Conrad Appel, R-Metairie, right, spoke Wednesday in favor of legislation designed to better control costs of the popular scholarship program. Donahue and Appel sponsored Senate Bill 48, which the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation helped draft, that would set an amount that would cover tuition for each qualified student annually, but allow the Legislature to vote on whether to raise the amount of the TOPS award each year.

The proposed revamp of TOPS, the state’s popular tuition-paying program, will lead to another bill that would allow university administrators, rather than legislators, to set the price of tuition. Legislation to give universities authority to set the tuition rates will be filed in a few days, state Sen. Jack Donahue announced Wednesday at a news conference lauding… Continue reading →

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Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- For an easy-to-make Easter dessert, prepare Pineapple Bread Pudding in the slow cooker.

Easter food takes on new dimensions in Louisiana. While tradition means much in holiday dining, traditions also evolve and change through the years. My family mostly serves ham for the main course on Easter, but we have many friends who either grill… Continue reading →

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