Wednesday, December 4 2013 10:49 PM EST2013-12-05 03:49:20 GMT
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 >>
Wednesday, December 4 2013 7:19 PM EST2013-12-05 00:19:06 GMT
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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CALCASIEU PARISH, LA (KPLC) -
There wasn't much of a fuss when Louisiana adopted Common Core education standards in 2010, but there's sure a fuss about it now.
Supporters say the new standards will bring our education level closer to the national average, but critics call it a federal takeover of our schools.
So, is Common Core here to stay? Or does the state legislature need to rethink the national curriculum?
It began as an idea to help students transition more easily if they moved states.
"I think when Common Core came out, it was just a generalized statement of what kids should be learning in a certain grade and across the nation, which isn't bad in itself," said Teri Johnson, president of the Calcasieu Federation of Teachers.
But with the new curriculum and new evaluations, some say it's just too much.
"You can't separate them right now and so it's kind of a convoluted mess," said Johnson.
And now, it has people wondering, should Louisiana continue under these standards?
"We need to take back what we teach our kids," said State Rep. Brett Geymann R-Moss Bluff. "We can set a bar of achievement that's just as high as anywhere else without adopting Common Core."
While Louisiana hasn't officially backed out of Common Core, some in the state have raised discussion.
"That's something we will bring to legislation this spring, how do we get out of Common Core and what do we replace it with?," said Geymann.
And what started as a curriculum that teaches more relevant ideas, now leaves some with second thoughts.
"It's not just federal anymore," said Johnson. "We now have private companies that sell worksheets and things for Common Core and so, it's a money-making business."
And some said the curriculum was meant to be simple, but it's making students and teachers jump through many hoops.
"It was supposed to be left up to the teachers in the district on how they implemented it and it was supposed to make life easier, but it just hasn't," said Johnson.