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Less than half pass

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LPSB summer school barely makes the grade

Lincoln Parish’s summer school program made the grade by the skin of its teeth this year.
Donna Doss, Lincoln Parish school improvement and accountability coordinator, said 40.4 percent of those students attending summer school remediation passed their exams at the end of the session. The state department of education reportedly requires school districts to have at least a 40 percent passing rate.

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Saturday in the Park on tap

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The Outhouse Nationals is set to kick off at 4 p.m. Saturday on Elm Street in Choudrant. As of today, 10 outhouse cars had registered for the event, though a few more are expected. Other events will also take place as part of Saturday in the Park. Villagewide cleanup is set to kick off at 8 a.m. Following the outhouse derby, food, live music and a street dance are set.

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La. Tech enrollment decreases slightly

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Louisiana Tech University’s fall 2012 enrollment data released today shows a substantial increase in the quality of its incoming freshmen and a rise in its main campus headcount, but a slight decrease in the total enrollment.
The average freshman ACT score for fall 2012 is 24.1, which is up from 23.81 in fall of 2011, and is the highest in the university’s history. Tech’s average freshman ACT score also exceeds the state average of 20.3 and the national average of 21.1.

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Safety Saturday, other family events planned

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In order to promote safety, along with providing a good time, the North Central Alliance Partners in Prevention Advisory Board met on Sept. 13 to discuss many upcoming projects available to area residents.
Eric Brazzel, public education officer with the Ruston Fire Department, discussed this weekend’s “Safety Saturday,” from 9 a.m.-noon in the Lowe’s parking lot, located on Morrison Drive.

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Creek hosts alumnus for lecture series

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Using mostly professional athletes as examples, students at Cedar Creek, a small group of Ruston High students and various guests, listened as Cedar Creek alumnus Rohan Rangaraj stressed the importance of hard work at the fifth annual William and Virginia Marbury Lecture series.
In addressing the audience, Rangaraj said he wanted to deliver a lecture that hopefully the students would remember.

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Activist, author Boyce Watkins speaks to Grambling students

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Activist and author Boyce Watkins challenged hundreds of Grambling State University students to think for themselves, to respect women and to push aside eight damaging messages in some of today’s hip hop music.
During a Constitution Day event in the T.H. Harris Auditorium Tuesday, Watkins said though he enjoys much of today’s music, it worries him that so much of the music encourages negative actions and perspectives. He said some of the most popular music says black men should drink, smoke, “have sex with everything walking,” carry a gun at all times, be proud if you’re ignorant, don’t save money when you get it, gain a badge of honor by going to prison and never respect women for any reason.

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Tech home games exciting

If Saturday night’s game against a future rival in Conference USA serves as a barometer, then Joe Aillet Stadium should be a fun place on weekends during the fall.
Louisiana Tech University kicked off its home schedule at “The Joe” with a battle against Rice University, one of the regionally-based schools with whom the Bulldogs will be facing again in upcoming seasons as a member of C-USA.

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Keep going on the right path

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Many people know they are doing their jobs well when others are pleased with them. This is because their goal is often to maintain a good image and bring in repeat client/customer business.
However, with some jobs, there will inevitably be people who are unhappy if you are doing your duties well. Take police officers, for instance. When they ticket speeders, pull over drunk drivers or give out parking tickets, they might encounter feedback from very irate citizens who are angry at them for doing their jobs. The same goes for schoolteachers and college professors. If an educator is truly committed to helping students learn, they may pile on a little more homework and force students to push their boundaries more than other instructors. As a result, many students will not like this professional who is merely striving to do their job well.

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Sports and academics

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Education is more than just keeping a child in school. It’s setting educational standards and goals, then achieving those goals to compete in our global economy. When registering as a freshman, the year starts each year with a clean slate. This demonstrates once again, there is a misplaced importance on sports versus academics in our schools. The problems between an academic school Grade Point Average (GPA) should count as a higher priority in a curriculum based school. It simply provided an indication of potential problems with the student’s past academic performance, so that timely intervention could take precedence over sports before it was too late.

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New LABI site and voting record

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LABI used the launch of its new website this week to release the organization’s voting record for the 2012 session. Anyone can go to the web site (www.labi.org) and see the scores for each member of the Legislature. LABI members and subscribers to the website can see much, much more.

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