The Louisiana Legislature seems to have no problem holding two contradictory positions at the same time.
On one hand, lawmakers recently condemned "unfunded mandates" - requirements that local governments pick up the tab for programs required by the state.
But on the other hand, the legislature adopted a law that forces local school boards to pay for charter schools approved by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education once the local denies the charter application.
School superintendents are launching a campaign against this particular unfunded mandate, as Advocate reporter Charles Lussiere writes here.
It's going to be a hot issue, especially now that statewide "virtual" charter schools loom on the horizon.