The Marc Morial administration
is under fire by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, whose audit says ex-city officials misspent $7.7 million of a federal loan for the now-defunct Jazzland Theme Park. The city may be forced to repay the money, says HUD, which accuses former officials of making ineligible and undocumented expenditures, maintaining inadequate controls and management of Jazzland, and possibly engaging in contractual conflicts of interest.
Samuel J. Green Middle School administrators
have been asked to explain a decision to distribute a printed prayer last week to students taking the state LEAP test and the national Iowa Test. The prayer, which identified both standardized tests as "enemies," was handed out with exam booklets and was rife with errors in grammar and punctuation. Green is among 14 Orleans Parish schools facing state takeover if its LEAP scores don't improve.