It has been my experience that the citizens of this community want the truth. For that reason, I wanted to provide some facts that will give your readers a truer vision of what is happening in our school system.
Our school system is a good one. We have hard-working and caring employees, focused students and supportive parents. We have big accomplishments, and we have big challenges.
Transportation is a challenge. But our transportation administrators are meeting with bus drivers and principals during this time to go over proposed routes, fix problems and ensure that every child who needs a seat on a bus this fall will have one.
Money is a challenge. Our administrative staff is working on a budget that again forces us to do more with less. Our commitment to a balanced budget is unwavering, and in order to provide the services needed by our boys and girls and required by federal and state law, we are creating a budget that enforces the staffing formula approved by the board last year.
Both of these challenges are heightened by our commitment to the Five Year Plan. This plan aims to improve educational opportunities for all students, while at the same time improving the racial balances in our schools. Our belief that children do not benefit from racial isolation is unshakable.
We are making progress. We have reinforcement of this belief from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, a respected organization with an accreditation process that is accepted as the gold standard in the American South. We achieved this accreditation on our first try, one of only six districts in the nation to accomplish this. During that process, we were commended for many things, including our data-driven decision making, our innovative practices and our hiring of the most qualified teachers.
These statements are facts. These statements are the truth. I have no intention of remaining silent while misinformation campaigns are launched. In the coming weeks, I will be providing facts about our successes and challenges to the public on a regular basis. It is my hope that our community will join us in seeking truth.
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Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday, March 11, 2014:
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Louisiana's annual legislative session begins.
The state has hired marksmen to shoot feral hogs from helicopters at two wildlife management areas in south Louisiana.
The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has stalled action on a $3.5 billion annual school funding formula due to state lawmakers by March 15.
The New Orleans Saints have yet to make it official as of this writing, but popular wide receiver Lance Moore has reportedly been cut by the team to free up salary-cap space on the roster.
While two medical marijuana bills are slated for the upcoming legislative session, what some Louisianans might not know is that the plant was approved for therapeutic use by state lawmakers in 1991.
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Sharper has been held without bail because of an arrest warrant issued by Louisiana authorities accusing him and another man of raping two women.
Two Lafayette men have been revealed by police as the infamous duo behind a caper that shook our fair city to its core.
The Lafayette Parish School Board has received a second letter of demand related to last year’s insurance debacle, this time from Key Benefit Administrators claiming it’s owed $93,000 from the school system.
The Louisiana coastline is vanishing faster than mappers can keep track.
A bill that would have overridden local ordinances prohibiting public and private employers from discriminating against lesbian, gay and transgender people has been pulled within less than a week of being filed.
The panel that selects nominees for a controversial New Orleans area flood control board — a board that is suing more than 90 oil, gas and pipeline companies — is set to discuss legislation affecting its independence.
State prison officials cannot keep secret the seller and manufacturer of the two drugs purchased for executions at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.
State lawmakers will not appeal a judge's ruling that it was improper to use $3.7 million from a probation and parole officers' retirement fund to balance the state's operating budget.
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