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Schools consider extended programs

Administrators at both schools will offer the program only to students whose parents want them to participate, he said.
“This is an idea that we are seriously considering. We are designing this program specifically for students who have performed poorly in school and use the free and reduced lunch program — those two criteria make them the most at risk, and that’s why we are targeting them,” Bell said.
According to the current proposal, both schools will offer extended school days to at-risk students from Mondays through Thursdays.

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Grambling begins SWAC play

They’re all 0-0 right now.
“The best thing about being in postseason play is that everybody starts out the same,” said GSU coach Barrett Rey. “Everybody has the same chance to win the tournament.”
The Tigers (14-35, 10-13) began tournament today with a noon battle against Jackson State (35-19, 5-9), the No. 2 seeded squad for the Eastern Division. Grambling is the No. 3 seeded club for the Western Division.
Action began this morning with No. 3 Eastern Division seed Alcorn State (25-17, 12-9) meeting No. 2 West seeded Arkansas-Pine Bluff (20-23, 13-11).

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It feels good to be back home

Upon turning around, I see two elderly men staring at me with mean, unhappy and cantankerous looks on their faces.
I could think of only one thing to ask.
“Shouldn’t you be up on the balcony heckling the Muppets?”
(OK, I didn’t ask that question — my mama always told me to respect my elders)
According to these two men, it was time for me and my co-worker to remove ourselves from our seats.

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Stay vigilant to keep kids safe online

Unwitting children can quickly become victims if they don’t know what to do to protect themselves.
National statistics show that one in seven kids between the ages of 10 and 17 have received a sexual solicitation online. One in three have experienced unwanted exposure to sexual material on the Internet.
Sheriff Mike Stone offers these tips to keep children safe online:
• Put the computer in a common area where you can see what your children are doing online.
• Spend time online with your child and establish rules for Internet use.

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School test scores out

That means residents will know later this week whether Lincoln Parish students’ test scores surpassed or fell below the overall state average. Once the statewide results are released, residents also will know how Lincoln Parish students’ performance compares with students in previous years.
“We cannot release any information until Wednesday because the state superintendent (Paul Pastorek) has put an embargo on information until then,” Doss said.
Pastorek is scheduled to issue a statement on the test results sometime Wednesday, she said.

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