Pt. 3: Far More Caddo Children at Risk Than Earlier Count
March 26, 2016
On February 14th, I wrote, and published online, an article entitled, “Undeclared State of Emergency In Caddo Public Schools” (article here). I detailed in the article the number of Caddo Parish public schools graded “D” and “F” by the Louisiana Department of Education.
The news was shocking: 23 “D” and 18 “F” schools of the 65 Caddo schools LDOE graded … 63% of our schools.
Now, it is clear there are far more children in Caddo Parish at risk than the 7,548 now enrolled in our “F” graded schools.
In fact, there are 6,997 more children / students at risk in this context. This additional information is shown on each school “Report Card” from LDOE. (SEE data here)
Specifically, among the 23 Caddo Parish schools graded “D” in 2014-2015, 18 received additional marks on their report cards showing if the school is “Improving,” “Steady,” or “Declining” in relation to its grading in the previous, 2013-2014 year.
Among those 18 “D” graded schools …
… one (1) was, at the time of the grading, “Improving” in relation to the previous year,
… five (5) schools were marked “Steady,” and
… twelve (12) schools were “Declining.”
There are 6,997 students enrolled in these “D” schools which are in decline. Some unknown number, logic dictates, will fall into a failing / “F” grade.
These 14,545 school children / students are 35.7% of our school system’s 40,720 total.
Teacher Union Is the CPSB’s Not-So-Secret Political Weapon
I want to personally thank each of you who has contacted me with details of scare tactics from and by CPSB top bosses and teacher unions. I realize that some teachers, especially younger ones, are particularly afraid of losing your jobs. You need not be … this tactic is as old as time in one form or another. To get what they want, such people sow fear.
Fear aside for a moment, we know three things:
1. The school system’s Plan B in case these taxes are defeated has been in place since these bosses mapped this plan last fall. Their Plan A was the upcoming vote on April 9th, and their Plan B was to put whatever else they wanted to on the presidential ballot in November. As unethical and unjust as it is that voters must defeat taxes twice, that’s the fact.
2. Firing teachers – for any reason, much less this one – would brand these system leaders forever! Dedicated souls among us hope the CPSB will bother to discuss all of this with the public, rather than doing it all in private, again. I am among those who believe cutting administrators and their salaries, along with salary raises for school-based employees, are priorities, along with cutting our draconian property taxes in Shreveport and Caddo.
3. Yes, it is true that the union is allowed to come into our schools to scare people. Yes, they will sponsor a “march” in support of highest-in-Louisiana-by-a-mile property taxes the day before the vote. Yes, they expect every educator to “carry” three more “Yes” votes to the polls with them.
Simply put, none of this will actually help anything or anyone … except union leaders and CPSB bosses.
(Elliott Stonecipher is in no way affiliated with any political party, and has long been a registered “Other,” or Independent. He has no client or other relationships which in any way influence his selections of subjects or the content of any article. His work is strictly in the public interest, with no compensation of any kind solicited or accepted. Appropriate credit to Mr. Stonecipher in the sharing – unedited only, please – of his work is appreciated.)