Wednesday, June 15, 2011
A middle school special-ed teacher from Haynesville has her eye on the most unlikely prize — the governor’s mansion. By Walter Pierce
Tara Hollis is running for governor. Of Louisiana.
My reaction when a campaign announcement from the north Louisiana public school teacher appeared in my inbox in late May was, “Well, she’s crazy.” I even blogged Hollis’ fledgling and, it seemed then almost as much as it seems now, impossible undertaking beneath the headline, “This week in quixotic: North La. teacher running for gov.”
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
A state Senate committee erred in choosing to let stand the Louisiana Science Education Act. By Walter Pierce
It was a dogged by phonies show in the Hainkel Room at the state Capitol last week as the Senate Education Committee heard testimony for and against repealing the misnamed and ill-begotten Louisiana Science Education Act. Led by newly minted high school graduate Zach Kopplin — I’d buy that kid a beer were he a few years older — and the sponsor of Senate Bill 70, Sen. Karen Carter Peterson, D-New Orleans, proponents of the repeal laid out a solid case that the act signed into law by our biology major governor in 2008 following nearly unanimous support in both chambers of the Legislature is little more than a Trojan Horse for creationists to sneak their sneaky asses into high school biology classes under the guise of Intelligent Design and “critical thinking.”
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
The only thing Louisiana’s next schools superintendent needs to build is momentum for reform. By Walter Pierce
Paul Pastorek looked like a broken man in the photograph on last Wednesday’s Advocate front page. Taken at the press conference in which he announced his sudden and unexpected resignation — rumors of his departure began circulating just hours before the presser, to the shock of supporters and, no doubt, the unmitigated relief of the public-education establishment — the 57-year-old lawyer was clearly spent, tears welling in his eyes. After four years battling the often intransigent, turf-sensitive public-education system in Louisiana, Paul Pastorek was beaten — a wobbly-kneed boxer resigned to the TKO.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
A Lafayette civic group makes a strong case for holding off on new taxes for our public schools. Will the board listen?
The name may be polarizing, but 100 Black Men of Greater Lafayette’s recent request of the Lafayette Parish School Board is something we can rally around.
Last week, 100 BMGL urged the board to defer asking Lafayette Parish voters to approve a new property tax until a long-term superintendent is in place and both an education plan and transparency are adopted by the board.
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
How do we measure the impact of the BP spill, which began one year ago today, April 20, with the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon rig — a blast that killed 11 men and opened the spigot on the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history?
How much oil is still out there? And what about the toxic dispersants? What, if any, are the long-term health and environmental effects of the BP spill?
One yardstick is the full-page, full-color ads BP is still buying in newspapers. This has been a boon for the dailies. We see them on a routine basis in The Advertiser. I suspect The Times-Picayune has been the biggest beneficiary based on its circulation and proximity to the disaster.
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