Posts filed under ‘Caddo Parish School Board’
Baton Rouge Groups Push for New School Districts
Following the action in Baton Rouge of the effort to change the State Constitutional requirements to effect school district modifications for ISD and Charter Schools, Senate Bill 305 is a crucial component of the current legislative maneuvering.
Here are key locations that Caddo Parish educators and parents should keep at their finger tips:
Add comment March 12, 2012 5:05 pm
Citizens of Caddo parish, we are in learning mode – ALL THE TIME. Right now, we are more sensitive to change, or as it really is known, criticism, in our environment. If we learn nothing else from this process, it will be the reinforcement that some “Zebras or Leopards” may have choices about altering their stripes or spots. My hope is that some of the zebras stripes may be appropriately tagged with ID numbers in small rooms with bars on the windows and locked doors. Then the leopards may have an opportunity to effect positive change.
I must remain optimistic that good will come out of apparent chaos. History, our eternal teacher, leads us to conclusions that the players we know will continue in a role we have known them. It’s like the roadrunner and coyote, we know he’s always going to (more…)
1 comment February 26, 2012 10:22 am
Links to stories on current Educational Issues in Louisiana:
It is critical that citizens stay informed and participate in the discussion of Education. Our future is contingent on educating future leaders. If we cannot (more…)
Add comment February 24, 2012 11:07 am
Jimmy’s Cornerby Jimmy Couvillion
“Academically in crisis”– means: any local system in which more than thirty schools are academically unacceptable or more than fifty percent of its students attend schools that are academically unacceptable.”
The above statute was revised in 2004, 2006 and 2011. The thinking was that if these conditions exist the school system must have a financial problem and requires an audit. The local system must stay under this determination until (more…)
Add comment February 22, 2012 8:49 am
The Caddo School system is beginning to resemble the eastern French border in the 1930’s. The Maginot Line with intense fortifications is being built around the Midway office. Superintendent Dr. Gerald Dawkins is verbally assisting the forces of long-term administrators who have built their lives around the educational system. Teachers, dedicated and trained with their lives and families vested in the system are spending their limited off-hours working to justify their school fortresses, while the core central office leadership (all transient citizens who don’t even vote in Caddo Parish!) counts their daily accumulations in their wallets, while pushing résumés out the door at their rented apartments.
East Baton Rouge Parish Schools are closely monitored by Caddo Experts. The public is being lured with promises of “greatly improved schools,” “greater local control” and the insinuation that taxes can and will be significantly lowered from what is proven “the highest levels in the State and (more…)
Add comment February 17, 2012 10:46 am
As seen on the website LouisianaProgress.org, it’s clear there are many facets to the option called “Educational Choice.” And Caddo voters will have to examine the bigger picture coming out of Baton Rouge. Therefore we will be offering the text from a recent email for examination.
1 comment February 15, 2012 9:04 pm
y to Hear and Discuss
Jimmy’s Cornerby Jimmy Couvillion
The point has been made from the Governor’s Office, the State’s Program towards improving education at the K-12 level is going to be with the creation of new charter schools and vouchers. While each parish elects its own school board members here in Caddo our school system according to what we read, needs to be revamped, revitalized and forced to pay attention and march in a new direction. The only body that we hear about is the Alliance for Education that is stepping up to the plate and is going to knock the planned curve ball out of the park. (more…)
Add comment February 15, 2012 7:51 am
FULL DISCLOSURE: I am a strong and unwavering proponent of public education. I always have been, and I always will be. That doesn’t mean I support the existing Caddo Parish public school system – I do not – and it doesn’t mean some other model can’t work for some children and their parents. It means that I’ve learned we would be very wise not to sell the family (education) farm to the prevailing political windstorm. Every child, and every good and faithful-to-our-children educator on the front line – teachers, in-school administrators, and all their required support personnel – deserve protection during this storm.
The Louisiana legislature will convene in a month or so to take up Governor Jindal’s education “reform” package. All public education as we have long known it will enter that fray as a seriously endangered species, even in school districts where it is functioning very well. Attacks on public education will be wrapped in all manner of flag-waving rah-rah, but I urge you to listen carefully (more…)
Add comment February 8, 2012 11:12 am
BUILDING CADDO PARISH’S NEXT – NEW – PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEMby Elliott Stonecipher
It is remarkable how quiet a community’s passage from one era to another can be. Perhaps the least we can do in such instances is mark the moment in time.
The Caddo Parish public school system in which many of us were educated, and in which many of us educated our children and grandchildren, is a chapter in our history which is now complete. As a community, we now move to the chapter about what we have learned, and what we intend to do for our children as a result.
If we do as we have in our more recent history, we will let outsiders write for us. If (more…)
Add comment January 22, 2012 1:20 pm
BOND ISSUE AND SALES PROPOSALS BLOCKED*by Elliott Stonecipher
There will be no Caddo Parish School Board election this Spring for either the $134,000,000 bond issue, or the proposed sales tax increase for employee salaries and benefits.
At the beginning of this afternoon’s Caddo Parish School Board meeting, Superintendent Gerald Dawkins withdrew from Board consideration the $134,000,000 bond issue proposal – until a later time to be decided by the Board.
Much later in the meeting, at a few minutes before 6:00 PM (about 35 minutes ago), the attempt of Board member Dottie Bell to put the sales tax increase proposal on the ballot was blocked in (more…)
Add comment January 17, 2012 7:13 pm