Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Nine civic groups have been speaking up for the silent voices who slip through the cracks in Lafayette’s public education system, and a majority on the school board are listening. By Heather Miller
When nine local civic groups coalesced to face the state of public schools in Lafayette Parish, their message was as emphatic then as it is today: Toss the notion that our poorest kids can’t learn. We can’t — and won’t — wait 30 years for a sizable increase in our high school graduation rate.
It’s been two years since the Lafayette Public Education Stakeholders Council came together and later crafted its bylaws. Six months ago, someone started listening.
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
As the likelihood of a costly lawsuit against LCG over a now-blocked waste transfer facility ramps up, the story of how the deal was cut gets weirder. By Heather Miller
Sunbeam Lane residents have waged a legitimate and so-far successful battle over the construction of a trash facility in their north Lafayette neighborhood, but weeks after the City-Parish Council took action on the project and thanks in part to the pre-election day timing of the controversy — the stink over Sunbeam Lane still permeates.
Board games are tainting LPSS super search. By Heather Miller
Some called it a “miscommunication.” Others went a step further and deemed it “misinformation.” But the events leading up to a heated Lafayette Parish School Board meeting Oct. 25, at which the board voted to widen the superintendent candidate field from 10 to 11 applicants, were nothing less than “troubling,” says board attorney Jimmy Simon.
Dr. Pat Cooper, one of 10 superintendent applicants selected by the board to be interviewed for the district’s top administrative slot, confirmed last week that if selected for the job he would be unable to start full-time until May 2012, five months later than the start date outlined when the board advertised for the position.
A Nov. 9 summit aims to find out. By Erin Z. Bass
In 2003, Southern Business & Development magazine named Lafayette one of the 10 “Coolest Cities in the South.” In 2006, Entrepreneur magazine named Lafayette a “Hot City for Entrepreneurs,” and in 2008, SB&D followed up by calling Lafayette one of the “Top 10 Great Innovation Markets in the South.” Since then, the Hub City has also been touted as best for job growth, music, food and digital media.
Parsing the precincts suggests charter repeal was most popular in Lafayette’s minority community. By Walter Pierce
A funny thing happened on the way to deconsolidation being shot down: Support appears to have been strongest in Lafayette’s “inner city.”
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