Our schools belong to us!

The students who learn in them, the parents who support them,
the educators and staff who work in them, and the communities that they anchor.

We work together for Lafayette Parish Public Schools.

We are Parents

We are the grandparents, relatives, and

friends of the Lafayette Parish school children,

providing support for our children and our

schools to succeed.

We are Educators

We are teachers and education professionals

working together so all our children and our

schools excel.

We are Citizens

We are citizens of Lafayette Parish; recognizing

that every child deserves an excellent education -

we work toward achieving that goal.

What is PPEL?

We commit ourselves to pursue these principles in our schools in Lafayette Parish. Together we will work to make the vision of public education a reality.

Read more about our driving principles.

How to Join?
  • John White in Lafayette, 9am July 23rd, for first of nine regional LDOE meetings on ESSA: Every Student Succeeds Act.

    At 9:00 am on Tuesday July 23rd at Lafayette Middle School, State Superintendent of Education, John White, begins a series of public meetings about ESSA – the Every Student Succeeds Act. The public, including parents, teachers and community members are required to be involved to help build the state’s ESSA compliance plan. This provides the public the opportunity to change the state accountability system, one that is currently almost exclusively driven by standardized test scores.

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  • A PPEL Guide to ESSA: the Every Student Succeeds Act

    Please print out this Guide to ESSA, the new federal law that replaces the No Child Left Behind act, and share it with family, friends and co-workers.

  • Education Week Watch: ‘One App’ Pushback

    As corporate-supported K-12 education reformers promote school choice, the concept of ‘single applications’ for all schools within a city or district – traditional, charter, for-profit, voucher, on-line, etc. – is also being promoted.  The New Orleans ‘One App’ single application system is looked upon as a model, despite significant parent criticism.  Boston, MA, and Oakland, CA, are planning to create single-enrollment systems for all traditional public schools and charter schools.  These districts might heed warnings

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  • Education Week Watch: State Testing + Computers = Poor Scores

    Research on learning with paper texts versus computers shows unique strengths for paper. Comparisons of PARCC scores echo those findings.  Scores of students taking PARCC tests on paper were consistently higher than for matched groups of students taking the tests on computers. READ about PARCC score comparisons here:  PARCC Scores Lower on Computer Exam. READ about  research on reading here: The Reading Brain in the Digital Age: The Science of Paper versus Screens. Are school systems

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  • Withholding Data: John White, PARCC, and the BESE Elections

    There’s been a lot of criticism of John White, the Louisiana Department of Education, and the sitting BESE board for withholding data and data manipulation. Educational researchers and policy advocates are particularly incensed when the LDOE refuses to release data that had been traditionally used to double-check the claims of the state. The Advocate has posted a story about the rising controversy over White refusing to release PARCC test scores. (PARCC is the standardized achievement test that

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  • Misplaced Priorities: One Acadiana’s Educational Advocacy

    The education priorities One Acadiana announced at a PR event at ULL’s Picard Center are a mixed bag. Sure it’s great to support increased funding of pre-K classrooms at the Picard Center for Childhood Development. But the confident announcement of success for Louisiana’s corporate-driven reforms is both disturbingly self-congratulatory and dangerously wrong. The absences and odd choices in the presentation should serve as a warning signal to concerned citizens—absent is any mention of Louisiana’s basically unchanged

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  • Forum on The School Performance Score: how does it affect our children?

    PPEL (Power of Public Education Lafayette) held a public forum on the Louisiana School Performance Score on September 15 at 6:00 pm in the Clifton Chenier Community Center in North Lafayette. The free forum focused on how the Louisiana School Performance Scores, School Letter Grades, and standardized testing effect our children. It provided up-to-date information from people with different positions within the world of public education. Questions were taken from the audience and folks stayed after the event

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  • PPEL Fundraiser and Friday Happy Hour

    Hey it’s Friday. And it’s beer. And it’s local music. Aaand it’s our 1st fundraiser as an official non-profit. We’ve got plans and we need your help. (That $10 admission.) The live music includes Adam Doucet’s Coup de Main and Rodolfo Espinoza’s jazz and stuff combo. Mark your calendars and bring your friends. Please share! Event page on this website (with map).   Event page on Facebook (let us know you’re coming!)    

  • LPSB: Lawsuit Threatened; Conditions Set; Draft of Potential Suit Available

    Stories in the Independent and the Advertiser broke the news that Greg Davis, with Gary McGoffin acting as lawyer, have threatened a lawsuit against the board unless they comply with demands to pass as set of resolution that end the investigation of Superintendent Cooper and that the board accept last years budget going forward rather than finish putting together its own budget. The Advertiser in particular has a very interesting and informative set of comments

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  • Dont mortgage the bridge to our childrens future

    Ann Burrus has a fine essay on the budget issue in the Advertiser. If you’ve not seen take a look:Dont mortgage the bridge to our childrens future.

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Question: Can anyone tell me what percentage of students qualify for "Free Lunches" as opposed to the %age that qualifies for both "Free and Reduced Lunches" in Lafayette Parish and in the State of Louisiana? ... See MoreSee Less

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Ganey Arsement shared Educate Louisiana's The Long Family at the House Ed Committee to the group: PPEL: Power of Public Education Lafayette. ... See MoreSee Less

Today, the House Education Committee heard HB-536 to protect students against discrimination, or penalties, when a parent has decided to exclude them from state assessments. The Long family appeared before the committee to share their unfortunate experience.

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Ganey Arsement shared Educate Louisiana's HB-536, Supt. Michael Faulk to the group: PPEL: Power of Public Education Lafayette. ... See MoreSee Less

Representing the La. Association of School Superintendents, Supt. Michael Faulk testified "for informational purposes" on HB-536 to explain the responsibility of school districts and superintendents.

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Scott Richard, Executive Director of the Louisiana School Boards Association, testifies in opposition of HB-536 which would protect students from discrimination and penalties when their parent chooses to exclude them from state assessments. I urge you to watch the entire video, but I am going to point to some highlights. While I don't disagree with some of Mr. Richard's points, I want to go on the record as disagreeing with specific ones. Had I been given the leeway to fully explain the bill, as is customary when the bill author invites someone up to explain it, I would have addressed these. Instead, I was treated like any other supporter and cut off at two minutes. Mr. Richard discusses the REAL issue in the beginning. Fast forward to 5:00 to hear Rep. Patricia Haynes Smith ask questions. Forward to 11:00 to hear questions from Rep. Beryl Adams Amedee. Forward to 15:50 to hear questions from Rep. Chris Broadwater. 1. It was implied that this bill came about because of the incident with the Long family. This is incorrect. I had the bill drafted and had begun discussing it with legislators when the incident occurred. I didn't learn until much later that it was an integral part of their situation. 2. It was repeated several times the districts were opposed to the bill because of a manpower issue and limited resources. This is completely false. In an elementary, Pre-K, K, 1st and 2nd grade are not testing. Who is watching those children? A handful of students not testing can easily be dispersed among those classes. In a middle school, not that the test is computerized, 6th, 7th and 8th grades are staggered in different weeks. Only one grade at a time tests. Who is watching the other kids? 3. The letter grade in Calcasieu Parish did not drop because of the large number of opt-outs, two years ago. I have the spreadsheet to prove it and will share it, happily. 4. The school board in this particular situation did not take the initiative to establish a policy. They allowed the superintendent to create one at his discretion, and then it wasn't adhered to. Had the board established the policy, it would have been incumbent upon them to see to it that it was followed. The bill was ultimately deferred by the author in lieu of a resolution to require districts to establish a clear and concise policy. Mr. Richard has agreed to work with us to develop the resolution.

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Stand with Us at the State Capital

May 18, 2017, 9:00am - May 18, 2017, 12:00pm

Parents and teachers, on Thursday, May 18th, the House Education Committee will be hearing the following bills. If you can make yourself available to testify in support of these bills, please do. If you can attend but don't want to speak, that is okay, too. Your presence will contribute. HB-536 will prohibit punishing or discriminating against a student who's parent made the decision to opt them out of state assessments. HB-203 requires a usable analysis of state assessments be provided to teachers by the end of August so that the data can be used to improve instruction. HB-572 will reduce yearly state testing to ELA/Math every year from 3-8 and once in High School. Science and Social Studies would be reduced to once in each level elementary, middle school and high school.

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Reminder:
ISSUES CONFERENCE SET FOR MAY 13

Join Blue Acadiana, a grass roots organization, at its Issues Conference.

Blue Acadiana aims to encourage, engage and energize fellow Democrats, independents and progressives in the Lafayette Acadiana Area. The event will include five featured speakers who will touch on issues at the center of the 2018 midterm elections.

The Issues Conference will take place Downtown at the Lafayette Public Library on May 13 from 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Speakers include:
State Sen. Gerald Boudreaux: State and Federal Issues/Budget Concerns
Paul Molbert: Lafayette General Medical Center – Vice President Health Care Majorie R. Esman: Executive Director – ACLU Foundation of Louisiana – Criminal Justice Reform
Stephen Handwerk: Executive Director – Louisiana Democratic Party
Dawn Chanet Collins: Secretary – Louisiana Democratic State Central Committee

Blue Acadiana hopes to meet the current concerns about the political climate in our state and country head-on by creating venues for the public to engage with experts on the issues that shape our lives here in Louisiana. The organization strives to create opportunities for fellow Democrats, independents and progressives to take an active role in the political process and to strengthen the progressive base for future elections on the local, state and federal levels.

For more information, please contact:
Lenora Meaux 337-207-6920 - Blue Acadiana
Martha Garner 337-804-2482 - Blue Acadiana
Kirk Piccione 337-316-3257 - Guest Speaker Coordinator
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If you think education is expensive — try ignorance.” Ann Landers, October 4, 1975