By: Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – Normally, news of a $300 million surplus at the end of the State’s fiscal year would be good news, but here in Louisiana it is prompting questions and accusations amongst the political talking heads. All summer long Louisiana residents were pummeled with news that our budget was facing a terrible … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: What Fiscal Cliff? There Was a Fiscal Cliff?
By: Pat Austin SHREVEPORT -- One of the unintended consequences of Common Core (or whatever your state’s iteration of Common Core is) has been an attack on the classroom library and independent reading. In the move to implement a “Tier 1 curriculum,” the first thing to go is anything that does not align with that … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: ELA Teachers told to Remove Novels from Classrooms
By: Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – Some random thoughts this week: Book Reviews: I’ve finished reading two books this week: What the Dog Knows by Cat Warren, and Educated by Tara Westover. Both have been books that leave what I call a book-hangover, which is to say that they were both so good that it’s been … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Random Thoughts
By: Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – Last night as I was watching LSU’s trouncing of the Miami Hurricanes on television, I received a text message from a friend which included a screenshot of the new tropical storm in the Gulf, Gordon, with the question “Am I the only one who can feel a faster heartbeat and … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Waiting for Gordon
By: Pat Austin SHREVEPOT -- Last week Caddo Parish Sheriff Steve Prator visited with Erin McCarty and Robert J. Wright on our local 710 KEEL radio about Governor John Bel Edwards touted Criminal Justice Reform. The bipartisan legislation revamping the way Louisiana deals with criminals and crime was passed in 2017 in an attempt to … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Controversial Criminal Justice Reform
By: Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – My post here last week was one of random thoughts and musings and that’s what I have for you again this week, if you’ll indulge me. On Blogging: It’s been a few years now that Pete asked me to join his crew and contribute to this space and in all … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: More Loose Thoughts
By: Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – I’m headed back to my second week of school this week and let me tell you, it has taken me all weekend to recover from week one! Not that anything went wrong, but it does take all of one’s energy to lay down a good foundation for the semester in … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Loose Thoughts
By: Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – My summer is over. It’s back to school for me tomorrow to begin year twenty-four. Or is it twenty-three? I can’t remember. I want to take a moment today to thank the readers of this blog for their donations to my new classroom library; so many of you hit that … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Thanks for the Books!
By: Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – Not much surprises me anymore but I have to admit, I’m surprised that this, via The Hayride, is a thing now: At an annual American Library Association conference in New Orleans, the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) officially introduced “Drag Queen Story Hour” to librarians across the country. … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Drag Queen Story Hour
By: Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – Is former New Orleans governor Mitch Landrieu going to run for president? A Landrieu candidacy has been getting a lot of attention of late and if I were a betting person, I’d say he is going to run. Landrieu is, of course, being coy about it which is to be … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Is Mitch Landrieu Running in 2020?
By: Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – As I was thinking about what to share with you this week I gave some deep thought to trashing John Bel Edwards and his tax-raising, money-grabbing administration of our state, and I also thought about listing the myriad reasons why Mitch Landrieu would be a terrible president of our country … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Seeking the Positive
By: Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – I am guilty of sitting around in my insulated world and not tapping into the wanderlust that is deep in my soul. I am perfectly content to sit at home under the branches of my magnolia tree and read books. Thankfully, my husband is more proactive and so every so … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Get Outside!
By: Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – I abhor censorship, especially when it comes to books and things like banned books lists and instances where people who deem themselves more forward thinking than all the rest of us in their decisions to “protect” us from offensive material. You will have no doubt heard by now about the … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: “Not Universally Embraced” is the new standard
By: Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – Louisiana is facing a $650 million dollar fiscal cliff and two previous special legislative sessions have failed to solve the dilemma, and so special session number three begins today, at a cost of about $60,000 per day. Throughout this crisis the normal groups have been targeted and threatened for extinction: … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Yet Another Special Session
By: Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – In my post last week I attempted to take you inside the Common Core classroom, to pull back the curtain and show the complete and utter loss of autonomy and creativity teachers have experienced under this program to the point that teachers are not even allowed to use their own … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Why is there a teacher shortage?