Category Archives: Recent Updates

Do You Believe in Our Current Education System?

The jury is still out on many of the current School Reform issues like charter schools, vouchers, and tax paid scholarships to private and parochial schools. Are they the keys to the future or just current fads? Russ wants more … Continue reading

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Dropout Law Affects School Performance Scores

Russ Wise says schools’ performance scores are being affected by changes in dropout law House Bill 648, adopted by the Legislature last year, repealed the Dropout Recovery Act 742 and now requires children to remain in school until they are … Continue reading

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Educators Doing More With Less

As a longtime St. John Parish School Board Member, Russ responds to the CityBusiness article regarding lack of teachers. “The Egyptians forced the ancient Israelites to make bricks without straw. Local schools are doing the same thing: running their schools … Continue reading

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Athletics Can’t Be Immune To Budget Cuts

The following editorial written by Russ appeared in: The TIMES PICAYUNE on AUGUST 18, 2011 & L’OBSERVATEUR on AUGUST 10, 2001 Thank you for Jennifer Boquet’s excellent coverage of the St. John the Baptist School Board’s Aug. 4 meeting.  As … Continue reading

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The Truth Behind Unemployment

Russ responds to the CityBusiness article regarding local unemployment. “In the middle of the highest unemployment rate in years, there are more than 5,000 jobs available within driving distance of LaPlace! There are more than 800 jobs available in healthcare … Continue reading

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Building A Foundation of Education

St. John Parish School Board Member Russ Wise (left) receives a construction update from MAPP Construction Superintendent Mike James (right) at the new LaPlace Elementary School now under construction in LaPlace. The $10 million project is expected to be completed in January with an … Continue reading

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Happy Fourth of July!

As a veteran, this holiday means a great deal to me. Be sure to thank our service men and women when you see them. They protect our freedom every day and for this we say a heartfelt THANK YOU.

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Education Matters in Louisiana

The future of our state is inherently tied to our education. To create jobs, attract businesses, boost our economy and lead the nation in achievements, Louisiana must focus on education. Russ Wise has been spearheading the education movement in St. … Continue reading

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