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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Schools of Choice Parents: As a reminder, the last SoC Committee meeting is tomorrow, Monday, 11/6, at 5:30 pm. This will be the last chance for folks' voices to be heard on this. Then the regular Board meeting on Wed., 11/8, at 5:30 pm, to vote on everything. Please stay vigilant, read over the drafts posted under the 11/6 meeting agenda, and speak out about anything that concerns you. If you can't be at the meeting, please email your rep or the whole school board, Dr. Aguillard, and Joe Craig (CEO). Remember that these are changes that will affect our kids. Thanks! ... See MoreSee Less

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Schools of Choice Parents - I encourage everyone if they can to please attend the School Board Meeting this Wed. evening. We think it is at 5:30 but the exact time should be posted soon. The SoC committee did approve several motions Sat that will mean changes for academies, some small but some definitely more significant, including a more limited definition of sibling preference and caps on the number of sibling seats. Please know that these motions can change, and that there is one Board member vehemently opposed to ANY sibling preference. After Sat., these are my biggest concerns:

1) Reliability of data - a lot of drastic changes are being proposed based on this data, the accuracy of which many have questioned. Some hearsay testimony has also been introduced, with no supporting numerical data.

2) If the sibling priority motion does pass without any revisions, it will still limit the number of sibling slots to 30% of total slots, and require that the older sibling have at least three years left to complete at the school. It could also pass with revisions which could mean a more limited definition of priority, or more slots taken up with proximity. Either way, there is less chance for siblings to get in and more of a chance they will be thrown into the general applicant pool.

3) If #2 concerns you, please consider emailing your Board rep (or the whole Board), Dr. Aguillard and CEO Craig to request that they at least grandfather in existing families and grant sibling priority as long as there is at least one overlapping year for the siblings. We entered the program more or less guaranteed one thing, and now that is changing. Grandfathering in existing families will at least give us peace of mind that our children can stay together.

If you can't attend the meeting, please at the very least contact the School Board to express your views. And please tell other SoC families you know, or even those who hope to enter the program. Thank you!
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If you think education is expensive — try ignorance.” Ann Landers, October 4, 1975