Overall performance among Lafayette schools ticked up from 2019, according to “simulated” assessments released by the Louisiana Department of Education. Lafayette Parish schools on the whole saw a 2.7 bump in their performance scores, with just under half of the district’s campuses showing improvement.
Because of the pandemic, schools were not formally graded in 2020, so for the time being they keep their letter grades from 2019.
Marked demographic achievement gaps persist. The bottom five performing schools — all elementary or middle schools — have minority student populations above 80%. Among the top five performing schools, only two have minority populations above 50%, with Lafayette High (53%) having the largest.
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State freezes $15M in dispute over LCG retirement
Billed as a way to save millions, LCG’s withdrawal from the state municipal pension system has been a drawn-out, messy affair that’s now headed for court.
City Council passes Guillory investigation to legislative auditor
The council’s contracted auditor turned over its findings, which will remain confidential until and unless the LLA decides to release them.
Registration requirements likely for Lafayette short-term rentals
Requiring short-term rentals to register with the city is a likely compromise, but operators and opponents remain divided on restrictions like conditional permitting.