It’s something that parents of area school children have talked about over the last month or so.
And as the Nov. 4 elections draw nearer, it’s something that some of our candidates are talking about well.
Common Core state standards is what the talk is all about, and it’s become a platform in the race for U.S. senator, where Democratic incumbent Sen. Mary Landrieu and her two Republican challengers, Rep. Bill Cassidy and retired Air Force Col. Rob Maness, are squaring off on the controversial subject.
It’s a new era for Grambling State University as Willie Larkin officially took office as the school’s president last week.
One of the biggest issues GSU has faced in recent years is declining enrollment, but moves made by the state Legislature last month could help make the start of the Larkin era at GSU even brighter.
House Bills 129, sponsored by Rep. Patrick Jefferson and 171, sponsored by Rick Gallot, are aimed at helping increase enrollment at historically black colleges and universities in Louisiana by recruiting out-of-state students and students taking remedial courses.
You may not see it posted on your calendar, but Oct. 16 – 22 is National Save for Retirement Week. This annual event, endorsed by Congress, is designed to raise awareness about the importance of saving for retirement — so you may want to take some time this week to review your own strategy for achieving the retirement lifestyle you’ve envisioned.
If you’re not convinced of the need for an event such as National Save for Retirement Week, just consider these statistics, taken from the Employee Benefit Research Institute’s 2011 Retirement Confidence Survey:
Jim and Bill were on a long journey traveling a bumpy highway. Jim asked Bill: “Where are we?” Bill responded: “We are in the state of disarray.” Jim said: “I thought we’re in Louisiana.” Bill answered: “That’s what I said. We’re in the state of disarray.”
I had planned to share some more Easter reflections this week, but I felt that I had to speak up on another point, especially because of our financially challenging times. As Bill said, we are clearly in a state of disarray.