Lusher Charter School senior Madeleine LeCesne, a 2014 National Student Poet, was given the honor of introducing President Obama at the Opening of National Poetry Week in Washington DC on Friday. Madeleine was one of five chosen from over 13,000 entries nationwide for the honor of National Student Poet.
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The Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools (LAPCS) will join the state’s 134 charter schools, serving over 70,000 children across Louisiana, in celebrating National Charter Schools Week, May 3-9, 2015.
This year will also mark the 20th anniversary of Louisiana’s groundbreaking charter school law, ranked as the second strongest in the U.S., benefiting public school students across the state with nation’s second strongest charter school movement.
When Cheryl Smith thinks of Louisiana Connections Academy, she not only thinks of it as the place her son receives his education, but also as the place that changed his life.
Cheryl’s son, Christopher, has autism, and at age four was diagnosed with a very severe form. Christopher was not able to follow any commands, had zero participation with others, and was barely able to communicate.
“I was willing to accept whatever issues Christopher had,” said Cheryl. “I just wanted to help him.”
She and her husband would take Christopher to mental therapy twice a week, as well as private speech therapy, private occupational therapy, and school therapy. “We literally bombarded him with therapy,” said Cheryl.
Christopher was enrolled in Springfield Public Elementary School, an area outside Hammond, Louisiana, where faculty and staff did an exceptional job of helping him with his needs.
BILLS ADDRESS GENERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT SEXUAL ASSAULT POLICIES & SEXUAL ASSAULTS ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES
District 3 State Senator JP Morrell (D-New Orleans) is leading the effort this session to eradicate sexual assault on college campuses and reform general law enforcement sexual assault policies. The legislative package addresses uniform policies, climate surveys, law enforcement training, reporting, disciplinary policies and other issues. It collectively represents the work of numerous legislators, the Governor’s office and other stakeholders.
Sen. Morrell says that the legislation is a culmination of a yearlong effort to investigate and address sexual assault policies in Louisiana.
“Since this effort began last July, I have been aghast with the discoveries made in regard to the broken sexual assault policy on state campuses as well as the general apathy of numerous law enforcement agencies as to the investigation of sexual assault cases,” said Sen. Morrell. “Last fall, I received responses from an inquiry to all higher educations systems which illustrated a lack of understanding on how to deal with sexual assault policy as well as a schizophrenic approach to creating Title IX policy.”
Joining Sen. Morrell in authoring the bills are Senator Gary Smith, Senator Jody Amedee, Representative Valerie Hodges, Representative Jerry Gisclair and Representative Ted James.
The 6th annual Young Audiences Dancing for the Arts Gala will be held Friday, April 17th at 6:30 PM at Harrah’s Casino Theatre. The event will include an open bar, hors d’oeuvres and dinner by Harrah’s Casino.
The one-night event is modeled after the popular reality television program Dancing with the Stars, and will feature local community leaders competing on the dance floor with Young Audiences’ performing artists. This year’s competitors include Physician Adil Fatakia, Founder/Creative Director at Fashion Week New Orleans Tracee Dundas, Whitney National Bank VP and Philanthropist Marguerite Moisio, Executive Director of the the Louisiana Endowment of the Humanities Miranda Restovic, Councilmember Nadine Ramsey, and Attorney and Philantropist Michelle Craig.