A legislative package aimed at reforming how parish school boards operate has suffered a major setback less than one week into the spring legislative session.
Louisiana political columnist John Maginnis reports that the most ambitious of Rep. Steve Carter’s four bills — to impose term limits on school board members — was killed in the house education committee amid heavy opposition from the Louisiana School Boards Association. Maginnis reports that Carter voluntarily withdrew a second bill that would have tightened anti-nepotism laws for school board members.
That’s two down and two to go. Carter’s remaining school-board reform bills seek to cap board member per diems at $200 per month and to remove school boards from hiring and firing decisions. The proposals mirror recommendations put forth earlier this spring by state school Superintendent Paul Pastorek.
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.
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.
Episcopal School of Acadiana’s Dr. Joshua Caffery, chair of the school’s English Department, is headed to Washington, D.C., and the Library of Congress as the latest winner of the Alan Lomax Fellowship in Folklife Studies.