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Lafayette's University of Louisiana

Professor of Educational Foundations and Leadership
University of Louisiana-Lafayette

Professor of Education
University of Louisiana-Lafayette

Professor In Education
University of Louisiana at Lafayette

UL Lafayette

Professor of Educational Foundations and Leadership
University of Louisiana†Lafayette

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Storm - The Lafayette Daily Advertiser - www.theadvertiser.com

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Steve Caldas, an associate professor at Lafayette's University of Louisiana who studies testing data, said student test scores could be lower due to the impact the storms have had on pupils.

"In general, there has been a huge disruption," Caldas said."It will probably show up in lower test scores at the end of the year.I base that in part on what I see here at UL."
Students have reported having problems studying because of the evacuees living with them, and because of having to deal with the storm impact on their homes or jobs.
"It was a wise choice for the state to waive the requirement," Caldas said.

The Town Talk - www.thetowntalk.com - Alexandria-Pineville, Louisiana

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School districts under the stigma and bureaucracy of a federal court order often have problems, said Stephen J. Caldas, professor of educational foundations and leadership at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette and co-author of "A Troubled Dream: The Promise and Failure of School Desegregation in Louisiana," which won the Louisiana Library Association Literary Award for books in 2002.

"We've looked at school systems all over the U.S., and it's good when schools can run without bringing in federal courts and judges," Caldas said.

The Parenting Center at Children's Hospital | Classes

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Dr. Stephen Caldas, Professor of Education at the University of Louisiana Lafayette, will share his research, experiences and knowledge of raising children to read, write and speak fluently in two languages.

Galveston County Daily News

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Poverty and its related problems in concentrated form can infect schools, said Stephen Caldas, professor in education at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.Single-parent homes are associated with poverty because typically they're led by women, who tend to earn less income than men, Caldas said.

Children from single-parent families tend to have more discipline problems, Caldas said.
"When you pool children from those backgrounds, the problems are magnified creating a peer environment not conducive to academic performance," Caldas said.
"We know some things that school boards and districts have done that are counterproductive," Caldas said.
Caldas points to problems in Louisiana, where some school districts forced middle-class white parents to send their children to majority African-American and Hispanic schools.
"They either moved to other public school districts or, as in the case of south Louisiana, sent their children to Catholic schools and created nightmarish problems," Caldas said.
Since coercion doesn't always work and housing patterns are difficult to control, Caldas suggests that the public concentrate on what it can control, such as quality of teachers, higher standards at universities to produce better teachers, and higher salaries for teachers working in minority schools.
Superintendent Hale, who has been an educator in Texas for 35 years, said busing isn't the solution.
"I think when you force someone to do something, regardless of what it is, it's very difficult to make it work," she said.

Education choices flourish

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Steve Caldas, a UL Lafayette professor and co-author of "A Troubled Dream: The Promise and Failure of School Desegregation in Louisiana," said research shows that more and more students are leaving the public school system for private or parochial schools, or are being home schooled by their parents.

Caldas said the public school system's 39-year-old desegregation lawsuit has affected public school enrollment, although the number of public school students did increase this year for the first time in five years.
"If nothing else, there are an increased number of African-American students here but a decreased number of white students in the public school system," Caldas said.
Historically, there has always been a high number of private and parochial schools in Louisiana, Caldas said.
"We do have more private schools than most states," he said.

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