Cyrstal Stevenson from the American Press is reporting that Calcasieu and Vernon Parish schools are receiving Government funds for the 3rd year in a row to help improve reading and writing.

It's all part of a $12 million Federal grant to help struggling students; Calcasieu received $703,000, and Vernon was awarded $351,500.

Louisiana is 1 of 11 states selected to receive money from the grant and the only state to receive funds 3 years in a row.

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Unfortunately, Louisiana has always been known for our history of low literacy and test scores compared to the rest of the nation.  And with this being the 3rd year in a row we're receiving grants to help correct this problem, it seems as if our methods are just spinning the per-verbal wheels of education.  Maybe it's time to go back to the drawing board and learn from other states that have high scores and implement the programs they have found to work.

State Superintendent James White said in a news release:

As we continue to promote critical thinking in our students as they progress through our system, building literacy skills is obviously at the forefront of our efforts. - Superintendant White


To read the full story and hear from the Calcasieu and Vernon Superintendents, click here.