National media took notice recently after U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan praised Louisiana’s school-accountability system as “real change, based upon the real outcomes of children.” The remarks prompted Washington Post reporter Nick Anderson and National Public Radio’s Larry Abramson to pack their bags for Lafayette to find out for themselves. Anderson’s article takes a look at UL’s rigorous teacher education program and how it has responded to the state’s school-accountability standards, which link test scores with teacher preparation. “A lot of people are talking about doing it,” said Arthur Levine, former president of Teachers College at Columbia University, in the Anderson article, “but Louisiana got there first. It’s the model. I think you’re going to see a lot more of it over the next several years.”
We can’t help the sneaking suspicion that the Louisiana School Boards Association is letting its dislike for state Superintendent Paul Pastorek cloud its judgment. The LSBA last week urged parish school systems statewide to say “no thanks” to federal Race to the Top grant funding, arguing there could be long-term fiscal consequences in doing so. R2T funds come from federal stimulus dollars — more than $4 billion being handed out on a competitive basis — and are designed to help school systems innovate. Coincidentally or not, Pastorek, whose resignation the LSBA called for last summer after his school-board reform agenda failed in the legislative session, has come out strongly in favor of R2T. As of now, the Lafayette Parish School System is pursuing the funding.
We get plenty of off-the-wall and off-the-cuff remarks in the comment section at theind.com. A recent comment on the INDsider blog about UL being recognized by national media (see C’est Bon above) confuses The Washington Times with The Washington Post (tantamount to confusing Fox News with MSNBC), mistakes plurals for possessives, and even somehow conflates public education with communism. Enjoy: “hmmm...That doesn’t read well. Since, most if not all teacher’s are of the liberal mind. The Washington Times is a major liberal rag and NPR being a government liberal mouth piece . I recon this mean’s there will more children being brainwashed into the liberal mindset and taught how access government programs for their survival ..In my opinion, having these socialist(communistic) organization’s recognizing UL efforts is nothing to be bragging about... Not good”
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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.
A divided 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal reversed a Lafayette district judge’s ruling absolving the co-owner of a New Iberia accounting firm of liability in an embezzlement case.
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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.
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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.
“I am only getting a little nervous about two projects — the proposed Sasol GTL facility [not the new ethylene plant] and the proposed G2X facility — both in Lake Charles. They need a hefty difference between oil and natural gas prices to make sense.”
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.
Lower oil prices also might slow the growth of oil production in parts of the U.S., Canada and elsewhere because it will no longer be so profitable.
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.
A Lafayette woman faces up to 20 years in prison for running up more than $1 million in unauthorized charges to her company credit card.
Signs that our state’s banking industry is undergoing a downsizing in 2014 were further confirmed today with the FDIC’s latest figures showing a third straight quarter in which Louisiana lost more banks and earned less money.
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State police say a 47-year-old Lafayette man, who collected more than $83,000 in disability benefits, is accused of operating two businesses out of his home at a time when he claimed he had no income.
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.
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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.
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