Posts filed under ‘Caddo Parish School Board’

WANTED: Open Government – Sunshine Forum

by Marion Marks

Wanted OPEN Government by Order of the CitizensSeldom do the stars cross at precisely the time we need them in education and “real life.” An educational – Governmental forum, Wednesday, March 19th just happens to be a “Predestined” coincidence.

Shreve Memorial Library is sponsoring at Cohab, in downtown Shreveport a discussion panel dealing with transparency in government, experiences dealing with public records, and the reality of open government in Louisiana. The program is scheduled from 7:00-8:30 followed by question-and-answer with the audience. Panelists scheduled to appear are Elliott Stoneciper (Evets Management Services, Inc.), Tom Arceneaux (attorney with Blanchard, Walker, O’Quin & Roberts), Alison Bath (The Shreveport Times), Danny Lawler (The Inquisitor) and Jeff Everson (City of Shreveport-City Council).

CoHab-SunshineWeek-March 19_TextCurrent public records requests with the City Council, Mayor and Parish Commission will certainly be part of the topic of discussion. In light of the struggle to control the leadership of the Metropolitan Planning Commission (MPC) and documents that have been sent to us, a PRR (Public Records Request) was submitted to determine what other improper or potentially illegal email will be forthcoming from the two bodies and the mayor.

I am NOT an attorney, but the attorneys who we have engaged to assist with this utilizing the Public Records Act of Louisiana (R.S. 44:1 et seq.), told us to respectfully request the following information. And our request was as specific and narrow as possible so as to not give a chance to come back with a “too broad” response from the city or parish attorneys.

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Bulls eye!

The specific information requested is “Bulls eye”clear. We asked for: documents, emails, texts, faxes, appointment calendars & logs containing reference (more…)

Add comment March 13, 2014 3:43 pm

All I Want for Christmas is a New School Board

Shreveport Attorney John Settle

by John Settle

Since it’s the Christmas season, it’s always good to have a wish or two ready in case Santa gives you a call. If you are a Caddo taxpayer, you can add this to your Christmas list: a brand new slate of Caddo School Board members to be elected next year.” This is not just a Christmas fantasy – it is a possibility.

CPSB-fail01For the past twenty plus years the Caddo School Board has been an absolute failure in performing its mission: providing quality education to all of the residents of Caddo Parish. This twelve member board is the perfect example of democracy at its worst, – with the most critical votes being cast along racial lines. Board districts that ensure six white and six black have resulted in petty politics of the highest degree, with children and taxpayers the ultimate losers.

The Caddo School Board needs statesmen/stateswomen – political leaders who are respected and who are promoters of the public good, not themselves. Presently many board members act as (more…)

Add comment December 12, 2013 4:00 pm

Caddo Parish School Board Editorial from City Council President

Michael Corbin

Michael Corbin,
City Council President

Forward-Now Note: This was offered to the Shreveport Times, and to this point has not appeared. We have added some notes for clarification as well as audits we uncovered that we feel bear on this letter. These were added without the knowledge or consent of Councilman Corbin. However, we feel these are relevant to understanding the position of education and the CPSB. [Note Audits below each relevant section i.e. Transportation here, where safety of children seems to be a significant problem Also THEFT of Property!]

The future direction of Caddo Public Schools is an important issue for our Parish, our City and future opportunities for both students and economic development. Without a good working relationship and common goals between the Caddo Commission, City of Shreveport and the Caddo Parish School Board we will not be able to take advantage of all potential opportunities to help our region grow and prosper.

Over the past 15 years, multiple Superintendents have presented their plans to the public and the School Board to address a declining student population, changing demographics and shifting populations. While some parts of these plans have been implemented, the idea of closing campuses, major consolidations and (more…)

Add comment October 26, 2013 5:39 pm

The Caddo Kindergarten School of Leadership

calvin_educationThe Caddo Parish and Louisiana Department of Education philosophy of Kindergarten Leadership continues as it beats down professional educators by sheer force. Rational or sound educational programs are pushed aside because elected and appointed officials flow with the political winds and public clamors for instant gratification.

Professional seasoned educators with years of demonstrated success are dropping out of the system out of frustration. Creative educational leaders, whose successes include top school professionals, have had their juices sapped because kindergarten-mentality leadership has bowed to lock-step rigidity at state department demands and the politically mandated processes.

rote-learningCurrent demands based almost totally on test scores have driven individual learning initiative from the Steve-Jobs-like programs of imaginative chaos for brilliant minds out of progressive and successful programs because “they don’t fit OUR Standard.” Programs that spawned creative and genius talent have become assembly-line rote (more…)

Add comment October 25, 2013 2:50 pm

Failure and Rising to the Challenge

Caddo Teachers today...

Caddo Teachers today…

A former parish educator told me, “My evil inclination does not give me any rest. I am so opposed to the current state of affair, but I have no desire to help them fix what they have brought on themselves.”

That is really for your own good,” another former educator chimed in. “That’s because it will now become your legacy if you allow the system to continue to fail.”

Another chimed in, “The purpose of life is to overcome your selfish impulses, because we are frequently in a state of conflict. Only controlling our most negative impulses can we elevate ourselves and those around us. The more difficult the challenge, the greater the merit of our actions.” And so the discussion died.

Panic concept.

The state of Midway Leadership

Campuses, administrators, teachers, students and parents alike cannot be held hostage by alumni, politicians or unions in a manner that paralyzes (more…)

Add comment October 7, 2013 9:15 am

Discrimination Among Caddo High Schools

Can we get away with it?

Can we get away with it?

This year teachers at Byrd, Shreve, and at least one other school will have almost twice as much planning time as teachers at Caddo Magnet High and other high schools. Can this be rational or fair? Can it be legal?

As reported on Forward-Now.com, all teachers were devastated over the loss of half their planning time during the school day, which seems to have resulted in surprise retirements and new decisions for early retirement. In response, Dr. Dawkins told high school principals that they could “work out the increased student load any way they wanted.” Byrd, Magnet, Shreve, and (more…)

Add comment August 10, 2013 2:03 pm

The CPSB Needs to Reevaluate the Numbers

CPSB-fail01Rumors of Caddo Parish high school teachers and principals retiring at the end of the first semester are effecting the start of school. Parents are asking what can be done to keep effective teachers and principals in our schools. To know what is motivating the rumors and find a solution to the problems, it is vital to understand the latest cause of widespread low morale among high school teachers.

Hosed by votersThe Caddo Parish School Board voted to follow staff recommendations and take away half of high school teachers’ planning time. It means teachers have three planning periods on even weeks and only two on (more…)

Add comment August 5, 2013 6:00 am

Our Community’s Hidden Power of Kindness

the_thinkerShreveport and Caddo possess leadership walls and a basic lack of kindness that limit our ability to become a better community. Between our mayor and the school board the concept of “The Next Great City of the South” is no more than a shallow slogan. The basic inability to relate and demonstrate kindness toward opposing groups and concepts seems to be based on the belief that any demonstration of kindness, compassion or understanding is a sign of weakness.What screws us up

Our community must recognize that a highly developed love for kindness transforms life from simply existing to forming rich and deep relationships with others. If we demonstrate kindness and respect opposing parties within our (more…)

Add comment August 4, 2013 10:20 am

Evaluating Local Decisions

Glover and School Board Questions

Original decisions still worth it?

Original decisions still worth it?

Even when major commitments of time and effort have been devoted to a project, even you realize work has been based upon bad assumptions, it is better to cease work, admit errors and commit to new and better direction. Invested energy is irrelevant when faulty logic has hampered the decision process. This is clearly the case with several local governmental projects. Those in control now must ask only one simple question: What is the right thing to do now?”

We have invested poorly.

We have invested poorly.

Mayor Glover and the Caddo Parish School Board (CPSB) both have been operating under poor basic reasoning processes. It is now illogical for both to continue on their present course with the two projects that are on the front of each public agenda just because “they already exist in the form we find them today”. The matter had to be worthwhile in its own right. What was invested in the past is (more…)

Add comment August 2, 2013 10:34 am

Caddo Superintendent: The “Fix” Is In

    Mary Nash Robinson     "It's Almost a Done Deal!"

Mary Nash Robinson
“It’s Almost a Done Deal!”

by Bob Forward

The fix is in! The Caddo Parish School Board has stacked the deck to force the hiring of “insider” Mary Nash Robinson as the next leader of the Caddo Parish School System. In doing so, they have reinforced the lack of confidence concerned members of the community feel about the board’s actions. But it still boggles the mind that the Caddo Parish School Board paid over $30,000 to come up with John Dilworth and Agnella Katrise Perera as two of three finalists for superintendent.

According to the Greater Baton Rouge Business Report, soon after he was hired as the East Baton Rouge Parish Superintendent, questions were raised about a prior working relationship Mr. Dilworth had with Clay Siagle, a manager in Volkert and Associates, the company hired to “improve EBR schools.”

"The Sting"

“The Sting”

WSFA television in Montgomery, Alabama reported that Clay Siagle “worked with Dilworth in Caddo Parish and came to Montgomery at the same time” that Mr. Dilworth became superintendent. When Mr. Dilworth left Alabama before his term expired, Mr. Siagle was named by the school board as Dilworth’s temporary replacement. Next, Siagle was hired by Volkert, and the (more…)

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