Louisiana Department of Education

Courtesy: LDOE

FAILING SCHOOLS IN CADDO PARISH - The Louisiana Department of Education and the Recovery School District hosted a public meeting at the Peaceful Rest Baptist Church in Shreveport LAST NIGHT to address the plans for struggling Caddo Parish Schools and concerns about the fact that 37 out of 66 Caddo Parish Schools currently have a "D" or "F" rating regarding academic achievement.    Louisiana Recovery School District Superintendent, Patrick Dobard and State Superintendent of Education John White listened to comments from concerned parents and others.    Many who spoke out say they’re, frustr

The number of Louisiana students who want to be part of the state’s Course Choice pilot program is surging with more than 1,000 students now on the waiting list, and hundreds more are expected to sign up ahead of the start of the school year. State superintendent John White said yesterday that his department is combing through its budget to try to find at least another $1.5 million to fund the program.

Caddo and Rapides parishes are among 15 selected to participate in a pilot program to develop an early childhood network that would provide 3- and 4-year-olds with equal access to high-quality instruction. State Superintendent John White told reporters yesterday that the parishes will share in a $2.6 million grant.

“We need to end the process of hunting around for a pre-K education," White said. "It’s not fair to families. It’s not fair to kids. By establishing one network, we’ll be able to list all of the options with all of the best information for parents.”