It is apparently pay-back time for state Superintendent Paul Pastorek, who ruffled many a feather last spring with his bid to revamp public education in Louisiana, particularly with regard to the operation of parish school boards. The Louisiana Association of Educators, which represents thousands of primary school teachers statewide, is calling on Gov. Bobby Jindal to can the outspoken chief, according to the Times-Picayune. Although the governor's office could leverage its influence to have Pastorek canned, it is the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education which controls the superintendent position.
“Over the last two legislative sessions, Superintendent Paul Pastorek has demonstrated his unwillingness to work with educators, legislators and locally elected school board leaders to bring about meaningful education reform,” says LAE President Joyce Haynes.
Pastorek’s plan to essentially neuter local school boards and empower parish superintendents — in the form this past session of four bills by Baton Rouge Rep. Steve Carter — went down in flames amid heavy opposition by the Louisiana School Boards Association.
Frank’s Casing Crew, now doing business as Frank’s International, will make its final appearance on ABiz’s list of the Top 50 Privately Held Companies in Acadiana this year, and once again it will likely be at the top with more than $1 billion in annual revenues. The 75-year-old company specializing in tubular fabrication and installation services to the oil and gas industry plans to offer shares of its stock to the public for the first time.
The defeat, or rather highjacking of House Bill 420 in the final days of this year's Legislative Session, say Reps. Vincent Pierre and Terry Landry, is the result of the propaganda spread by one unidentified local media outlet and an unnamed former state Representative, but nothing to do with the original legislation's lack of checks, balances or details.
He’s a singer. A songwriter. A piano man. A family man. He’s even got his own Wikipedia entry. He’s David Egan. And he knows ancient secrets about the monolithic stones of Stonehenge that he’s not willing to share.