On the other hand, I am gratified to see that some remember ideas raised during my 2004 visit in the community. Since then, we have continued studying class size and its effects, following students through grades K - 12 and beyond. The STAR class-size experiment students (about 12,000) graduated in 1998 from high school if they progressed through school with no disruption, such as failing, dropping out and changing schools.
The long-term results have been most gratifying, showing near equity in education performance between poor and minority and more "privileged" students during the STAR experiment (grades K - 3) and afterward. The research showed, among other things, that for maximum effect the student should start school (kindergarten, or before) in a small class. (The small class is preventive and not remedial). Students require three, and preferably four years in a small-class setting for lasting benefits. Thus, a planned class size initiative would start with grades K ' 1, and move ahead one grade per year through grade 3 (K ' 1, 2, 3). This can be accomplished, as shown in North Carolina and other places, at minimum cost through resource reallocation if space is available.
Dr. Thibodaux has been a strong supporter of class-size efforts. However, his example of district-wide numbers may be misleading. More importantly, wholesale implementation such as Florida's class size fiasco deserves attention as bad politics and bad for kids. The emphasis should be grades K ' 3 or so, with careful monitoring, and allowance for unforeseen events. This approach is fully research-based with robust, long-term replications. I applaud the cooperative work of Lafayette educators, the Chamber of Commerce, and community interests.
The Lafayette superintendent insists the budget is illegal and vows to fight on.
"I am not a scientist," Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell has said numerous times, a response that other members of his party have parroted.
Republicans are running strong races against endangered Democratic incumbents in states such as North Carolina, Colorado, Arkansas, Louisiana and Alaska. Republicans are also looking to replace retiring Democrats in Iowa and West Virginia with a GOP lawmaker.
Republican congressman Vance McAllister is trying to make up to Louisiana voters for getting too close to a married former employee.
You may not like all of “it,” but U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, unlike many of her colleagues, isn't sitting around twiddling her thumbs in Congress.
Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro says he "can't wait" to play against Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
The heat keeps rising for Iberia Parish Sheriff Louis Ackal as a new slate of corruption allegations surfaced this week.
If opposing defenses sell out to stop the Packers' passing game, they risk being gashed by powerful running back Eddie Lacy, a New Orleans-area native.
At the horn the officiating crew trotted to the tunnel and left security personnel to clean up after them.
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We can safely assume incumbent Chief K.P. Gibson isn’t too worried about this challenger.
Nationally, Republicans must gain six seats to win Senate control. The most competitive races, many in states where Obama lost in 2012, remain too close to call.
The Baton Rouge Republican has repeatedly battled a perception within his own party that he perhaps wasn't the best choice to carry the GOP banner.
Even if Jimmy Graham's production dips while the star tight end recovers from a shoulder injury, it looks like Drew Brees won't have much trouble finding other targets.
A former campaign manager for Senate candidate Rob Maness is striking at the Republican contender's tea party support, saying Maness only sought to appeal to conservative organizations because he needed money for his campaign.
Ninety-two percent of public school teachers were rated either effective or highly effective in a report the state issued marking the second year of a new statewide evaluation process.
School board members Mark Babineaux, Hunter Beasley and Tehmi Chassion can vote to fire Cooper — because we all know that’s exactly what they’ll do.
District 2 school board candidate Simon Mahan is hoping to unseat first-term incumbent and former Carencro Mayor Tommy Angelle in the Nov. 4 election.
District Attorney Mike Harson is showing his desperation by falsely attributing quotes to his opponent and blocking journalists from his social media.
The governor is traveling the country laying the groundwork for a possible 2016 presidential campaign, but his approval ratings at home hover well below 50 percent.
State District Judge Bob Downing extended the order and delayed a planned Wednesday hearing about a permanent injunction while negotiations continue between Attorney General Buddy Caldwell and the waste disposal site operator.
New Louisiana higher education commissioner Joseph Rallo will be paid more than his predecessor.
Elijah McGuire and Alonzo Harris each had four rushing touchdowns, and Louisiana-Lafayette rolled to 419 yards on the ground in a 55-40 victory over Arkansas State on Tuesday night.
Bill and Hillary Clinton are the validators-in-chief for Democrats struggling through a bleak campaign season in states where President Barack Obama is deeply unpopular.