With school starting next week, the Lafayette Parish School System is one of 39 school districts attempting to opt out of a new "career diploma" program. The state Legislature this year passed a law aimed at reducing the dropout rate that calls for high schools to offer students an alternative degree that focuses more on career and technical training. The bill was derided in some education circles as a watering down of academic standards and expectations. State Superintendent Paul Pastorek called it a "dummy diploma."
The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education is scheduled to rule on LPSS' request for a temporary exemption next month.As is the case with most school districts, LPSS’ opposition has less to do with principle than with the time needed to implement such a program. From The Town Talk:
Lafayette School Superintendent Burnell Lemoine said that while he is 'very supportive of the concept, it's the time factor' that makes it too difficult to start the program this year. An Aug. 11 start of school in Lafayette Parish gives an even shorter timeline. Lemoine said getting the word to parents, completing counseling and making sure the correct courses are offered also complicate the situation.
David Calhoun and Elizabeth “EB” Brooks are the first two employees of Lafayette Central Park Inc., the nonprofit charged with turning Lafayette Consolidated Government’s 100-acre Johnston Street Horse Farm property into a passive public park. Calhoun was named executive director, and Brooks is director of planning and design.
Is it a crime for citizens to photograph, video, or take notes of a police officer in the line of duty, or a right protected by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution? Locally, such activity, as witnessed recently, will at the very least result in a night spent behind bars.
There will soon be a whole lot of shakin’ going on at Benny’s Sportshack Supplement Depot, a new concept by Opelousas native Benny Nele. Located at 2002 Johnston St., the supplement shop, smoothie bar and café, featuring hot off the press paninis and wraps, plans to open in late May.