Monday, 27 February 2012 21:11

Louisiana Business: Capital One, Salazar, Lafayette Chamber, Moonbot, State Education

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louisianaU.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., today announced that two New Orleans medical institutions, Tulane University and Louisiana State University’s Medical Center, will receive more than $3.96 million in disaster grants for Hurricane Katrina damages.

The grants announced today include:

$2,269,692 to the Administrators of Tulane Educational Fund

 $1,691,399 to the LSU Health Care Services Division Medical Center of Louisiana at New Orleans 

Louisiana Education

Today the Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) posted a proposal to the federal government that would tie school accountability to college and career readiness standards and relieve principals and superintendents of bureaucratic restrictions.  An initial draft of the state's request for flexibility from federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) regulations was posted February 7. 

White said Louisiana's proposal centers on four critical objectives: 

 While the application calls for retaining Louisiana's letter-grade system, the proposal would simplify the scores themselves, to more clearly depict performance outcomes. 

The application will focus teachers on rigorous student work, aligned with the new Common Core standards.

Recognizing not all students arrive at school with the same level of preparation, the proposal would reward schools for exceeding expectations with students who are not grade-level proficient. 

The proposal seeks flexibility for after-school funds, professional development funds, and academic funds. 

The deadline for states to submit waiver applications to the U.S. Department of Education is February 28.

For an overview of Louisiana's waiver application (power point), please click here.

To access Louisiana's revised waiver application, please click here.  


 Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced a new agreement to build, develop and formalize programs that use national parks, national wildlife refuges and other public lands as classrooms and catalysts for 21st century education – designed to benefit teachers, students and parents in rural America and urban classrooms alike.

To view the agreement, click here.

Lafayette Chamber

The Lafayette Chamber is offering a double serving of its 'Food For Thought' series in early March which will focus on the upcoming issues to be considered by the Louisiana Legislature.  On March 1st, Governor Bobby Jindal will present his education reform proposal and other legisation to a luncheon gathering at the Crowne Plaza in Lafayette.  The following Wednesday, March 7th, the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI) will issue its report on the Governor's package and other legislative issues of interest to business during breakfast at the Lafayette Holiday Inn.

Just announced last night at the 84th Annual Academy Awards®, Moonbot Studios took home an Oscar in the animated short film category for the studio’s very first project, “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore,” directed by William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg. “Morris Lessmore” was released in February 2011 in conjunction with the launch of the studio itself.

“The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore”

“The idea for the film was inspired by a dear friend and mentor, Bill Morris, a lover of books and a grand old gentleman of children's book publishing,” said William Joyce, co-founder of Moonbot Studios and co-director on the “Morris Lessmore” film. “I know Bill would be touched to see a film about his life’s passion honored by the Academy.”

 “We created our film and our studio at the same time,” said Brandon Oldenburg, co-founder of Moonbot Studios and co-director on the “Morris Lessmore” film. “The short is a sort of gumbo of everything we love about film and animation and so is our studio.”

Alegria, The Fashion Show Benefits Louisiana SPCA

The Louisiana SPCA is excited to be the beneficiary of New Orleans’ own Project Runway style fashion event. In its fourth year, Alegria was the first fashion forward event drawing attention to regional talent and growing the awareness of the level of fashion talent New Orleans has to offer.

Held Sunday March 4 from 2-5pm at W New Orleans on Poydras, Alegria, the Fashion Show will showcase five designers: Danielle Arthur, Al Beauti, Susan Henry, Emily Riché, and Molly Stackhouse Ernst.

Alegria founder, John Delgadillo, has a soft spot for animals. His vision to benefit the design community and the animal community has come together through Alegria. “Alegria showcases the booming talent of this community as well as benefiting an organization who has given so much to New Orleans,” says Delgadillo.

W New Orleans sponsors this event each year; specialty cocktails provided by Glazer’s Distributing. To purchase tickets or reserve a table log on to or call LA/SPCA Event Coordinator, Marisa Collins, at 504-762-3307. Sponsorship tables start at $500 and Individual Tickets start at $25. This event will sell out, so buy your tickets now. 

The Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is an organization devoted to improving the lives of animals and eliminating the homelessness, neglect and abuses that signal animal suffering. Chartered in 1888, our history has been paved with an understanding that only through an improved human-animal ethic can we better the lives of companion animals and that of our community. Our programs and services are infused with the highest standards of care and compassion.

Capital One Bank

Capital One Bank marked the successful conclusion of the 2011 Childhood Development Associate (CDA) Preparation and Training Program that enabled 11 residents of the Columbia Parc townhomes and apartments development in Gentilly to earn their certification as teacher’s aides. In addition, Capital One Bank awarded a $5,000 CDA scholarship to one of the program graduates.

The recipient of the scholarship is Donna Esteen, who will use the money to pursue an associate’s degree and continue giving back to her community through providing quality child care. She received the prize during a recent ceremony to celebrate the program’s successful conclusion.

All 11 graduates of the program are now eligible to seek employment in childhood development, and many are employed by the Early Childcare Center in Columbia Parc.

The Childhood Development Associate Preparation and Training Program was created last year with the help of a $30,000 grant from Capital One. The intensive 10-week training program relies on strategic partnerships with Kingsley House’s Community Supporter Services program, the Bayou District Foundation and Educators Delight – organizations that were vital to the success of this year’s program.

The program is a part of Capital One Bank’s Gentilly Community-Based Initiative (CBI), a multi-faceted community revitalization project created by Capital One  Bank to serve as a catalyst for the redevelopment of the Gentilly neighborhoods in New Orleans.

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