Three weeks into a massive overhaul of Lafayette Parish’s poorest performing high school, students, teachers and outside stakeholders untap a new level of spirit at Northside.
By Heather Miller • Photos by Robin May
When Northside High School’s regionally ranked mock trial team competes for a state title at the upcoming Louisiana mock trial tournament, Principal Melinda Voorhies will undoubtedly be there as the pseudo courtroom scene unfolds.
While Gov. Bobby Jindal might be casting a large net for his education reform package, it has so far failed to snare anything related to school discipline.
By Jeremy Alford
If you believe the polling, the public isn’t sweating school discipline issues too heavily. According to a PDK/Gallup poll conducted last year, the American public may actually care less than ever. Only 6 percent felt that a “lack of discipline” was a real problem — and that’s down from 11 percent in 2006 and 15 percent in 2001. More times than not, funding issues or teacher quality top such lists.
We view Glenn Stewart through a lens of outrage even as we try to focus on the greater good.
This past Christmas morning Steve and Cherry Fisher May, The Independent’s co-publishers, were driving through south Pennsylvania on the way to a family visit for the holidays. Just before noon, Cherry received two messages. The first, via a phone call, was news that her 81-year-old mother, Leta Gilmer Fisher, had passed away in Lafayette. Twenty minutes later came the second message when she opened an email with the subject line, “Merry Christmas!” The sender was Glenn Stewart.
An online search reveals surprisingly low property tax assessments on downtown buildings, leaving what could amount to millions in revenue — for our schools, libraries and public safety — on the table.
Some critics of smart meters and the comprehensive plan cite a little-known resolution of the United Nations for the basis of their opposition. We hope their paranoia doesn’t hinder progress in Lafayette.
By Walter Pierce
If you haven’t yet heard of Agenda 21, please read on. But even if you set this newspaper down, flip the page or navigate elsewhere online, Agenda 21 will find you. It’s actually been with us for two decades, but it’s beginning to push its way up through the soft crust of community consciousness in cities across Louisiana and the nation including Lafayette, borne on the hot, pneumatic energy of paranoia about government.
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