Posts filed under ‘Caddo Parish School Board’


Shreveport Attorney John Settle

Opinion by John Settle

Seemingly Shreveport’s new mayor Ollie Tyler (as of Saturday December 27) is confused about her new job. Yes, she will be Shreveport’s next mayor – and its first female African American at that. (Hazel Beard was the first female mayor and Cedric Glover the first black mayor.)

pioneer_TylerEvidently Tyler is obsessed with her pioneering resume. Her campaign pushcard described her as a “trailblazer”; – the “firsts” listed include first female superintendent of Caddo Parish Schools, first African American woman inducted into the Jr. Achievement Business Hall of Fame of North Louisiana and first African American Superintendent (interm) of Education for the state of Louisiana. Not surprising her campaign propaganda failed to list other “first’s” of dubious distinction: first Caddo superintendent to have failing schools go from 1 to 12; first superintendent to increase by 31% budget expenses for administrative staff; and the first superintendent to have 21 schools show higher failure rates from one year to the next. (more…)

December 26, 2014 12:00 pm

Transition School View – Another Set of Eyes

Coalition needed!

…Went for a ride…


by Rob Broussard [in response to Educational Change…]

I’m glad Mr. Marks enjoyed the bus ride and got to tour some schools, and I truly don’t want to be Debbie Damper on his enthusiasm for education as it requires consistent efforts from a variety of sources for schools to be successful. I also want our local schools to be successful, but let’s take our rose glasses off for a few minutes and consider the following about the public relations trip and those already identified who are pushing this “New Tax bond election proposal.”Education Ahead

  1. What riders saw on that trip is happening in most schools. What were the scores of the schools you attended? Where all the schools visited Title One Schools? What you see in many “non title one schools” is being accomplished for far fewer dollars per student than in “title one schools”. It has been a misnomer for decades that (more…)

December 22, 2014 4:52 pm

Educational Change, Hope Not “Too Little, Too Late”

Caddo Superintendent Lamar Goree

Caddo Superintendent Lamar Goree

by Marion Marks

Question: “Lamar Goree may be the best educational leader Caddo has seen in the last ____ Years!” Take your guess as to how to fill in the answer to one of the most difficult questions 2015 leaders and all of Caddo will face. Caddo citizens, Shreveporters, voters, tax payers, students, parents of students, teachers, cafeteria workers or those whose lives will be affected by Lamar Goree, the new CPSB, and Political leaders will be expecting real leadership and transparency immediately.

CPSB-WestwoodBus-06Wednesday, December 17th I accompanied a number of others, about twenty non-CPSB team in all on a “Bus Tour” of three elementary Transition schools. There was no hiding the fact that those leading the tour expected to “effect” in the tour participants a transitional attitude adjustment from the perception most of the public had on the spiraling-downward trajectory Caddo education in (more…)

December 21, 2014 11:43 am

Caddo Property Owners’ Lump of Coal from CPSB

CPSB Coal Lumps for Taxpayers

CPSB Coal Lumps for Taxpayers

by Elliott Stonecipher

Wow, what a Christmas season wallop this morning from the Central Office staff of the Caddo Parish School Board!  Via a front-page spread in the Shreveport Times, taxpayers – particularly we property tax payers who are notably targeted for tax abuse here – learn that the latest “reform” plan of our CPSB makes darned certain we keep such tax abuse in place.

bad-newsThe plan is to keep and preserve (and honor, I guess) our highest in Louisiana property tax millage, killing any hope of offering would-be new residents a tax deal no so (more…)

December 18, 2014 3:39 pm

New Faces Needed on Caddo Commission

Shreveport Attorney John Settle

Opinion by John Settle

The 2014 elections have placed many new faces in key leadership positions for the City of Shreveport and Caddo Parish – – a new mayor, four new councilmen and six new school board members. In the process one incumbent council representative was defeated and four incumbent school board members were sent home. And for the first time a local PAC (Political Action Committee) was organized to contribute to election efforts.

Balance.. Balance... OOOps!

Balance.. Balance… OOOps!

The school board and council elections reflect significant citizen dissatisfaction with the current operation of these government entities. Newbies on the Council represent a majority of the present body and the newcomers on the school board represent half its members – enough (more…)

December 12, 2014 4:00 pm

Lessons Learned December 6th

by Marion MarksIts_No_Secret–Shreveport_Resisted_Change

The December 6th election was a milestone for Louisiana and Caddo/Shreveport that will require evaluation for quite a while. Mary Landrieu’s defeat will be calculated by factions in many ways, but her shadow and the repercussions throughout the state will probably be re-measured for years.

Along with the election of new faces and the return of old ones, I expect the Landrieu defeat to reverberate through the system in all three branches of government, particularly with law enforcement and the prosecutorial system around the state. Political forces work on more than two levels, and the written and unwritten codes of enforcement and prosecutions seem to rely of backing and backbone at higher levels. Some (more…)

December 9, 2014 6:47 am

Thanks!! to CPSB Reform Effort

Elliott Stonecipherby Elliott Stonecipher

(Elliott Stonecipher’s reports and commentaries are written strictly in the public interest, with no compensation of any kind solicited or accepted.  Appropriate credit to Mr. Stonecipher in the sharing – unedited only, please – of his work is appreciated.)

I read with real interest yesterday’s Shreveport Times article about the local group which has funded election campaigns for some Caddo Parish School Board (CPSB) candidates.  It reminds us of what too often awaits those who do heavy lifting in service to our community.

CPSB-PAC-on-TargetAt issue is Citizens for a Better Caddo, formed by a group of prominent local activists in education and other community interests.*  The group set up a political action committee, or PAC, to recruit and/or raise most of the campaign funds for their candidates.

The Times article – a solid and fair one, I think – presents details of how the PAC’s fundraising came from a relatively few people and/or their associated businesses and families.  More to the (more…)

November 20, 2014 11:41 am


Shreveport Attorney John Settle

Opinion by John Settle

Southwest Shreveport voters have a clear choice in the December 6 council run-off between James Flurry and Durwood Hendricks, Jr. In the primary, Flurry captured 44% of the vote compared to Hendrick’s 39 %.

The candidates are as different as night and day. Flurry is a Republican; Hendricks is a Democrat. Flurry is white and Hendricks is black. Flurry has lived in the district for 35 years; Hendrick’s residence is subject to question.

District E James Flurry

James Flurry

Hendricks owns a home on Baxter Street in Shreveport and the phone book lists this address. Baxter street is not in District E. Hendricks changed his voter registration in October 2010 to South Brookwood Drive; Hendricks is not the owner of this house. (Hendrick’s was not available for comment.)

Flurry has a very solid background in public service and in business. He served 2 consecutive 6 year terms as Justice of the Peace in Ward 7 – which includes his district. Flurry served as the president of the Louisiana Motor Transport Association as (more…)

November 14, 2014 11:45 am

Understanding PACs & Educational Needs in Caddo

Angry Criticsby Marion Marks

Critics of the political action committee (PAC) working to make changes in the Caddo Parish School Board membership suggest new elected members to the board are “bought.” Voters with a limited perspective of newly elected members of the board backed by the PAC fail to see the positive side of the PAC. The newly elected are a long way from bought, and they will have a long, hard road ahead to improve the system. The PACs are exactly what the name states, “Action Committees” who back their philosophy up with money in hopes here of moving away from the status quo, made of too many stagnant, failing schools.

tipping_jarIt’s sad to believe so little real money could influence such an important segment of the community. One board member stated, “these payments were like gratuities or tips to (more…)

November 9, 2014 11:28 am

Caddo Parish School Board … ‘Hope For Reform?

Hot Reporterby Elliott Stonecipher

The (relatively) hot news leading into this column is that some 36,000 Louisianans have registered to vote since August 1st, presumably in preparation for voting in our November 4th elections.  The most interesting thing about them is that one-half did not register as Democrats or Republicans.  They registered as independents or other party affiliates.

Why-it’s-ImportantHere’s why this may be important.  One-in-four – 25.1%, to be precise – Louisiana’s voter registrants have heretofore signed-up as independents and others, or more to the point, not Democrats or Republicans.  So, in this particular season of our voter discontent, two times as many people are checking it to the major parties and striking out on their electoral own.  

More and more of us here and elsewhere in America have learned that our two-party system is unable to do anything about how bad “things” are, and how (more…)

October 23, 2014 10:57 am

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