Democratic party against SUNO, UNO merger
POSTED: Wednesday, February 2, 2011 - 6:39pm
UPDATED: Thursday, March 24, 2011 - 10:23pm
BATON ROUGE, La (NBC33) – More opposition against the merger of SUNO and the University of New Orleans. Now the Louisiana Democratic Party says the plan is just a new package for an old plan that was already shot down.
Party representatives are citing a study conducted by the Board of Regents a little over four years ago. They say the final conclusion of that report showed the two schools should not be merged.
From admissions criteria to the student population – the study says the two schools are too different to successfully merge.
"There's no evidence it will save the state money,” Kevin Franck, Communications Director for the Louisiana Democratic Party, said. “There's no evidence that it will help us out of our fiscal crisis. It's a political move, pure and simple and the only reason it makes sense for Governor Jindal to propose this merger is because he's pretty sure he and his party aren't going to lose any votes.”
We talked with the state Republican Party and they tell NBC33 News it’s too early to say whether or not the merger will be beneficial. That’s why a new study has been requested.
Because the report was completed in the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the GOP feels the new study will show that the merger will be better for students.