ETC… for April 4th

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Here is an interesting news release from the state education department. We hear a lot of negatives about public education in the local area and across the country. Could it be Louisiana is on the right track? Read and evaluate for yourself:

Louisiana is one of four states in the nation that has aligned requirements to receive a high school diploma with admissions eligibility for the state public university system, according to a report released Monday by the Center for American Progress.

The report, “Are High School Diplomas Really a Ticket to College and Work? An Audit of State High School Graduation Requirements,” examines how all states fare in preparing their students for admission to their local public university system and if state graduation requirements are preparing graduates to meet other key college-and career-readiness benchmarks. The report also includes six policy recommendations to narrow preparation gaps.

“Our public schools should prepare graduates for college and careers, but most states have a substantial disconnect between high school graduation and college admissions eligibility requirements,” said Laura Jimenez, director of standards and accountability at the Center for American Progress. “As one of just four states that align these criteria, Louisiana provides an example for the rest of the country to follow in designing course sequences that set students up for having a real shot at achieving financial security.”

By the way, you can have an influence on our local school system. Monday night at 6:30 be at the school board Administration Building on Alonzo Street. The board is holding their monthly meeting.

You may have noticed that the Red River Waterway Commission has closed the boat launches on the Red River, including the launch in Coushatta. This is due to recent rainfall on the upper river watershed. We may be in for more rain locally as another storm system moves into east Texas and is forecast to be heading our way. Check the NOAA website & Facebook page for details.

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