LSU students release report card grading lawmakers on recent session

LSU students release report card grading lawmakers on recent session
Louisiana Senate (Source: WAFB)
Louisiana Senate (Source: WAFB)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - LSU students are used to getting report cards and earning grades, but what about handing out grades of their own?

LSU Student Government leaders released a report card. The first of its kind from students grading Louisiana lawmakers and their performances on bills impacting higher education.

A number of area lawmakers received passing grades while others got Ds.

"I was expecting pretty bad grades, but we've had a lot of encouraging results," said Andrew Mahtook, LSU Student Body President. "The Senate and the House both did an outstanding job, kept a lot of promises that were made to me and made to our fellow students."

The report card contains grades for every member of the Louisiana legislature.

The 2015 session started with threats of historic cuts to higher education in an effort to balance a budget that had more than a billion dollar hole in it.

Students say they want the report card to be an annual item to keep them and legislators on their toes.

Mahtook says this year students came together to join a fight to save funding.

"That's something where you get to stand right next to your schoolmates, someone you may never see but be united by the bond of LSU and the bond that brings you back to why you're here and what you're fighting for," Mahtook said.

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