Now the state ranks districts using a program that has been called the seventh best in the country by The Princeton Review and the fourth best in the nation by Education Week. When state rankings were first issued, Lafayette ranked 18th.Â Last year, we were 20th. This year, we rank 22nd.Â But our overall rank is not the worst of the news.Â We rank 30th in the state in the education of minority students.Â In the "performance gap" between black and white students, we rank 61st out of 68 districts.Â However, we did even worse when it comes to the education of "at-risk" students, 34th last year and 35th this year, indicating, yet again, that poverty is more of an issue than race.
The Chamber of Commerce brought in an expert in December 2004 who told us exactly what to do if we were serious about "improving" student performance, especially for our lowest performing kids, and it involved lowering class sizes. Since then, we have done exactly the opposite. By the way, the staff's presentation also attempts to establish that we have "small" classes.Â In fact, their presentation claims that "56.3% of our classes have 20 or less students."Â For these numbers to be accurate, they can only be talking about percentages or ratios, which the Chamber's expert specifically said we must not do.
According to all the research and the expert the Chamber brought in, a "small" class is between 13 and 17 students.Â We do not have "small" classes in Lafayette, not even close.Â Anyone who doubts that need only ask a teacher. In fact, we have not lowered class sizes in the critical grades of K-3 since 1998, and as our class sizes have gone up, our state rankings have continued to go down.
If we do not do something about this now, we will end up with more schools in the same situation as N. P. Moss. This is one board member who is prepared to hold someone accountable.
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.
Friday's Blogs from the Bog!
Ten departing CEOs rake in $430 million; profile of FSU gunman emerges; Buffalo's weather woes and more national and international news for Friday, November 21, 2014.
The Ethics Board gives the lame duck Youngsville mayor permission to offer a sweet parting gift to the community he’s presided over for three terms.
The money came through a general obligation bond sale Thursday.
A legend in the Acadiana Oil Patch, Comeaux died Monday, Nov. 17.
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Add Texas Gov. Rick Perry's name to the list of possible Republican presidential candidates flooding the campaign trail for GOP Senate candidate Bill Cassidy.
Gov. Bobby Jindal is in Florida this week with his fellow Republican governors for another gripe session aimed at their favorite target, the president, this time taking aim at his immigration plans.
Early voting for the runoff is shortened by two days because of the Thanksgiving holiday.
“Coach Don” Gagnard is running for school board. Today he offers his critique of the socioeconomic relationship between government subsidies and obesity.
Former Le Rosier chef who cooked at the James Beard House and was named one of the “Best New Chefs in America” by Food & Wine magazine in 1995 was 48.
Pat Cooper is contesting his termination by the LPSB, filing a petition Tuesday that calls the recent decision “arbitrary and capricious.”
A look at the numbers highlights the challenge facing Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu as she tries to win a fourth term in a Dec. 6 runoff against Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy.
Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is promising the new Republican majority will quickly resurrect Keystone XL pipeline legislation killed by Democrats, potentially setting up an early 2015 veto confrontation with President Barack Obama.
A national animal rights group has been rebuffed by a Baton Rouge district court judge, although the group might still get its day in court.
The administration says public college campuses won't be on the chopping block.
The legendary musician is performing at a $1,000-per-person fundraiser Dec. 1 in New Orleans.
Old savings and checking accounts, payroll checks, stocks and dividends, insurance proceeds, oil and gas royalty payments and other unclaimed money is sent to the state when a business cannot locate someone.