In January, schools in 12 districts across the state, including Lincoln Parish, will begin piloting the implementation of Act 54.
This new program will base 50 percent of every teacher’s evaluation on student performance, specifically growth on high-stakes testing. The news that the plan has been approved by state lawmakers has resulted in various opinions across the state.
Sometimes it takes an entire community pulling together to help itself as a whole, including its most impoverished areas.
That’s what is happening in the neighborhoods of Ruston south of California Avenue, which Louisiana Tech University Assistant Professor of Architecture Kevin Singh says are statistically among the poorest in the city.
For several years now, Singh and his students have been working to improve this area, which they have dubbed SOCA (south of California Avenue).
Mentors come from all walks of life — schools, churches and our own homes.
Lincoln Parish is home to many mentors who belong within our school system.
But even more mentors will soon come to Lincoln Parish to complement the mentors already in place.
Lincoln and Union Parishes will start a new community mentor program beginning this fall.
Teach One to Lead One will take at-risk students on a 14-week program that teaches universal principles of scripture toward a life of purpose.