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 Cane Fire Film Series screens “MaidenTrip” on Monday, March 10, at the AcA.
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The Louisiana Workforce Commission said Friday that initial claims rose to 2,125 from the previous week's total of 1,964. There were 2,887 initial claims during the comparable week in 2013.
The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has stalled action on a $3.5 billion annual school funding formula due to state lawmakers by March 15.
The New Orleans Saints have yet to make it official as of this writing, but popular wide receiver Lance Moore has reportedly been cut by the team to free up salary-cap space on the roster.
While two medical marijuana bills are slated for the upcoming legislative session, what some Louisianans might not know is that the plant was approved for therapeutic use by state lawmakers in 1991.
The agenda is shaping up to be lighter than in previous years. But Jindal is term-limited, with fewer than two years remaining in office, and he saw his last big initiative — a proposed rewrite of Louisiana tax law — collapse without getting a vote in 2013.
Sharper has been held without bail because of an arrest warrant issued by Louisiana authorities accusing him and another man of raping two women.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday, March 07, 2014:
Two Lafayette men have been revealed by police as the infamous duo behind a caper that shook our fair city to its core.
She’s the daughter of the legendary Johnny Cash, but she’s been a gifted artist in her own right for three decades, and she’s coming to Lafayette.
The Lafayette Parish School Board has received a second letter of demand related to last year’s insurance debacle, this time from Key Benefit Administrators claiming it’s owed $93,000 from the school system.
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The Louisiana coastline is vanishing faster than mappers can keep track.
A bill that would have overridden local ordinances prohibiting public and private employers from discriminating against lesbian, gay and transgender people has been pulled within less than a week of being filed.
The panel that selects nominees for a controversial New Orleans area flood control board — a board that is suing more than 90 oil, gas and pipeline companies — is set to discuss legislation affecting its independence.
State prison officials cannot keep secret the seller and manufacturer of the two drugs purchased for executions at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.
State lawmakers will not appeal a judge's ruling that it was improper to use $3.7 million from a probation and parole officers' retirement fund to balance the state's operating budget.
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Conservatives have been losing their minds over this satirical bit on the Colbert Report.
Due to the chaos of Mardi Gras and the weather, the entry deadline for this year's INDesign Awards has been extended by one week.
The Lafayette Parish School Board leaves a lot to be desired, but is scrapping the election process in favor of an appointed board the answer?
Queen Evangline and King Gabriel ruled Tuesday night
The House approved legislation Tuesday night to roll back a recently enacted overhaul of the federal flood insurance program, after homeowners in flood-prone areas complained about sharp premium increases.
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The NFL has formally designated New Orleans' Jimmy Graham as a tight end for the purposes of his franchise tag value, which is now set at $7.05 million next season unless Graham and the Saints subsequently agree on a long-term deal.