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Don Dixon will remain the city's top cop. The Lake Charles City Council unanimously approved to reappoint Dixon to another six-year term as Chief of Police -- a position he's held for 12 years. DixonMore >>
Don Dixon will remain the city's top cop. The Lake Charles City Council unanimously approved to reappoint Dixon to another six-year term as Chief of Police -- a position he's held for 12 years.More >>
Wednesday, December 4 2013 10:33 PM EST2013-12-05 03:33:57 GMT
What's been done is nice, but the bond money budgeted for the Enterprise Boulevard Extension Project has taken the road as far as it can go. "Knowing that we could not cover that amount to go all theMore >>
How to proceed with the Enterprise Boulevard Extension Project? That's the question city officials hope a joint study with the state will help identify. However, as KPLC's Lee Peck reports, it's going to cost some money to get those answers - money some on the council believe is a waste of taxpayer dollars.More >>
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Nearly 60 dogs from the Calcasieu Animal Shelter are headed to Florida on a 'rescue ride' where dog advocates say their chances of adoption are astronomical. Nathan Areno, Director of Animal ServicesMore >>
Nearly 60 dogs from the Calcasieu Animal Shelter are headed to Florida on a 'rescue ride' where dog advocates say their chances of adoption are astronomical.
Wednesday, December 4 2013 7:09 PM EST2013-12-05 00:09:08 GMT
Both suspects have been arrested in the robbery of First Federal Bank in DeRidder. The DeRidder Police Department, with assistance from the Beauregard and Vernon Parish Sheriff's Offices, took PatrickMore >>
Both suspects have been arrested in the robbery of First Federal Bank in DeRidder.More >>
Wednesday, December 4 2013 7:05 PM EST2013-12-05 00:05:51 GMT
It's a big operation in a small town. The Rotary Club of Welsh welcomed an 18 Wheeler full of educational books. "We're talking thousands, 23 pallets, each box could have 24 to 40 books in them," saidMore >>
The Rotary Club of Welsh welcomed an 18 Wheeler full of educational books.More >>
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It was nothing like the fireworks of 2012, but one thing attempted education reform did do, is engage teachers and their representatives more than ever to be part of the process.
The Calcasieu Federation of Teachers helped sponsor the League of Women Voters Legislative wrap up on Friday.
Local federation president, Teri Johnson, said they want lawmakers to know they are watching.
"I think this session public education fared much better than last. There were several bills that came out about salary schedules and linking the test scores of students to the teachers' pay and such as that and a lot of those got defeated because the legislators heard from the public," said Johnson.
House speaker Chuck Kleckley says a 2.75 percent increase in what's called the minimum foundation program will bring money back to the area.
"Half of the MFP, the $69 million, will go to teacher pay raises and the other half will go to school districts which I'm sure you guys are really happy about," said Kleckley.
Also, Representative Mike Danahay says he agrees with alternatives for students not likely go to a four year college.
"The vast majority of children coming out of high school do not go to a four year institution. So we have done a disservice by not giving them some alternative here," said Danahay.
Another topic discussed is teacher pay. Though certified teachers will get a raise, Johnson says it's not much.
"In Calcasieu $560 a year," said Johnson.
Still, she's convinced, today's remarks by lawmakers validate that they are listening when it comes to education and public schools in Louisiana.
The Public Affairs Research Council has prepared a summary of the 2013 session. To read it click here.