Even using his numbers, more than half of our schools did not meet state-mandated growth targets. Bellicose bombast in the face of such a fact is tantamount to a football team spiking the ball and doing an end zone dance when they're still on their own 40 yard line.
He states in his piece of July 19, "Lafayette can attain and sustain this goal [DPS of 120 by 2014] â?¦ with annual growth of 3.1," which we have never achieved.
He talks about how many stars schools have, but a school can be labeled "in decline" regardless of how many stars it has. The report prepared by his staff indicated that four of our six high schools ' 60 percent ' are now labeled "in decline."
He states he "does not mind being held accountable for the hard work of our boys and girls, their parents and teachers." This is confusing. Shouldn't any superintendent be "held accountable for the hard work" that he or she does, not for the "hard work" of others?
I have other concerns like how things are being done without board approval, how discipline is out of control, how the disgraceful condition of our campuses is not being addressed, how some funds are being handled, and how difficult it is to get information because of the pall of paranoia which has descended. Intelligent decisions cannot be made without accurate and complete information, and for a public entity, providing information is not a service; it's the law.
I am accused of being "negative," but the numbers speak for themselves (22nd in the state overall, 30th in minority education, 35th in "free/reduced"). People deserve the truth, and I will not be bullied into silence by didactic diatribes, hyperbolic hypocrisy, or supercilious sophistry. The only thing about which I am positive is that our current situation is unacceptable.
You can't solve a problem until you admit that you have one. Far too many children are not getting the education they deserve and need. This is not an indictment of "boys and girls, their parents and teachers," but of the current leadership. The only cause for optimism is that new leadership will be in place in January.
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Friday's Blogs from the Bog!
The fight to clean up Lafayette Parish could get some added ammunition with two ordinances up for votes Tuesday by the City-Parish Council targeting litter-bugs.
By striking a deal to lessen the blow of health insurance changes on state workers, school employees and retirees, Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration lowered the volume of criticism but gave itself and local school boards a new budget headache.
With the airport tax coming up for a parishwide vote in about a week, the Broussard City Council and its mayor have come out in support of the proposal.
Protesters rallied peacefully in several Louisiana cities in the wake of the Missouri grand jury decision not to indict a police officer in the fatal shooting of Michal Brown.
The U.S. rep billed LSU for work allegedly performed on the same days Congress voted on major legislation and held important committee hearings on energy and the ACA.
Abysmally low participation by the public has prompted the council to scuttle the 2014 survey with plans to simplify it and try again next year.
The village now says the ordinance will likely be overturned and authorities will more vigorously enforce existing leash laws.
Bill Cassidy cast an early ballot Tuesday, seeking to draw renewed attention to a race that has fallen off newspaper front pages and away from people's minds as they plan holiday meals and shopping schedules.
Battered all night by Baltimore's relentless pass rush, Drew Brees could feel his protection collapsing and Terrell Suggs getting ahold of him as he urgently unloaded a pass to the right flat toward tight end Jimmy Graham.
After a convincing defeat at the polls on Nov. 4, Earl “Nickey” Picard has decided to let bygones be bygones with his former right-hand man Brian Pope, announcing his support for his former employee’s runoff bid to become Lafayette’s next city marshal.
Saturday the athletic department did everything possible to ensure the 2014 Ragin’ Cajun seniors remembered fondly their last home game. Rain and lightning never arrived but turbulence did in the form of the Appalachian State Mountaineers.
Even stranger than the Republican Party’s decision to hold a “unity rally” earlier this month for Congressman Bill Cassidy in a Baton Rouge bar, Huey’s Bar, was the fact that the establishment was named after Louisiana’s most famous Democrat.
Bar Code is not a gay bar.
After failing to pass a medical marijuana bill last year, state Sen. Fred Mills, R-Parks, is telling supporters he will return in 2015 with legislation that focuses on different applications like oils and pills.
Voters, obviously, are not yet tuned into the 2015 ballot, despite the intriguing races it will host.
By now, the story of how longtime LSU coach Dale Brown discovered Shaquille O'Neal has been told many times: Brown happened upon a massive 13-year-old at an army base in Germany, stayed in touch with him and eventually became like a second father.
Fate simply wasn't ready to give the New Orleans Saints a break from longtime nemesis Steve Smith.
Lafayette Police have had a busy day.
Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration will use $130 million in patchwork financing from a tax amnesty program, insurance settlement, uninsured motorist penalties and other excess funds to close most of the state's midyear budget deficit.
Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu said she disagrees with President Barack Obama's actions on immigration, hoping the latest controversy doesn't worsen her campaign difficulties.
Gay-rights advocates challenging Louisiana's same-sex marriage ban announced Thursday that they have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review their case before it is heard by a federal appeals court.
Thinking himself the “son of God,” the man charged with the 2013 killing of an officer of the Chitimacha Tribal Police will not stand trial following a ruling Thursday on his mental competency.
Either Saints coach Sean Payton doesn't want to tip Baltimore off as to who'll start in New Orleans' secondary on Monday night, or he really doesn't know yet.