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SHOCKING: Bobby Jindal’s Vouchers Will Provide Over $700,000 Per Year To School Led by “Prophet, Apostle.”

Meet Leonard Lucas, a former, one-term Louisiana State Representative and erstwhile candidate for New Orleans City Council. When Mr. Lucas sent out a press advisory announcing his candidacy for City Council, here’s how The Times-Picayune reported the news:

Lucas, the founding pastor of Light City Church and a one-term state representative, sent out a statement riddled with grammatical errors saying he will formally announce his candidacy today  at 1 p.m. at the shuttered Schwegmann’s Shopping Center on Bullard Road.

And when Leonard Lucas isn’t butchering the English language, he’s busy trying to convince people that he’s an “apostle” and a “prophet.

Mr. Lucas is also the proud owner and registered agent of at least three dozen different companies, the overwhelming majority of which are non-profits (or, to borrow a term from my friend Dambala, “con-profits”) listed as “Not in Good Standing” by the Louisiana Secretary of State.

Dambala excavated the bones a few months ago. Suffice it to say, Leonard Lucas is a shady, almost comically ridiculous figure. He’s named as a registered agent for numerous non-profits, yet none of those companies disclosed their 990 returns.

And all of this apparently qualifies Mr. Lucas for nearly $700,000 a year in public voucher funding for his school. Mr. Lucas’s school requested a total of 163 voucher spots at $4,555 per student. To be clear, the Jindal Administration, in the first year, has already preliminarily granted eighty spots, at a cost of $364,000. Quoting from his church’s “School of Prophets” website, which, as a reader pointed out to me, should not be confused with his Light City Academy webpage (even though both are hosted on the same domain and both appear to be organized under the same 501c3, Light City Church):

The Light City Church School of the Prophets is a training institute for those who sense the flow and pull of the prophetic upon their lives. The mandate of the school of the Prophets just as it was in the Old Testament days is to train men and women effectively in the prophetic. It is a time of proper training, mentoring, and developing of the spirit in the prophetic realm. It is a time that you are taught how to hear from God, how to speak the mind of God, and how to nurture the gift of prophecy.Those individuals that accept the challenge to attend must have an understanding that they are yielding themselves to the tutelage of Apostle Leonard Lucas Jr., who walks in the fullness of his calling and wears the mantle of an Apostle and Prophet. If you believe this is the calling upon your life, we invite you to join us for dynamic teaching and thought provoking sessions. Classes are held every Friday at 7:00pm at Light City Church, located at 6117 St. Claude Ave. Please call 504-301-4593 for more information.

And quoting from the school’s webpage (which, again, is built into the church’s website) (bold mine):

Light City Christian Academy is a small school located in inner-city New Orleans. Students may begin as early as age five in kindergarten and continue their studies until the completion of High School. We have a·90% success rate of our graduates continuing higher studies in Universities across the state. We are a state approved private school.

The Academy is the realization of the vision of Leonard and Varnise Lucas. At the inception of the Academy, their goal was and continues to be, “to educate children according to the highest academic standards possible, as well as, prepare them to become responsible, courageous leaders.”Our motto is, “Raising A Generation of Leaders.”

Apparently, upcoming events at Light City Christian Academy include catechism classes and “School of the Prophets” training. Education.com describes Light City Christian Academy as follows (bold mine):

Light City Christian Academy is located in New Orleans, LA. It is a private school that serves 53 students in grades K-12. Light City Christian Academy is coed (school has male and female students) and is Christian (no specific denomination) in orientation.

Governor Jindal and Superintendent White have, effectively, provided Light City Christian with the taxpayer funding necessary to nearly triple its enrollment, and that’s just in Year One.  If all goes according to plan, Light City Christian Academy will expand its enrollment much more dramatically, from only fifty-three students to well over 200, an expansion that will be paid for and brought to you, almost entirely, by taxpayer funding.

Let’s also put this into context: Fifty-three students in grades K-12 means an average of four students per grade, which should raise questions about the legitimacy and veracity of Light City Christian Academy’s claim of a “90% success rate of graduates continuing higher studies in Universities across the state.” What does this actually mean? 90% of its dozen or so graduates have taken at least one college course in Louisiana?

I don’t know Mr. Lucas personally, but I know this: He is not an Apostle. He is not a Prophet. And he does not deserve or merit taxpayer dollars. If anything, he deserves a thorough audit.

But in Bobby Jindal’s Louisiana, with the full support of Superintendent John White, Apostle/Prophet Lucas is the future of education.

Lord help us.

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  1. CreoleGenius #

    Leonard Lucas may already qualify for the title ‘Criminal’ and be buried in a potter’s field. Should he call himself a ‘Prophet and Apostle’ one more time, I propose that he be qualified as ‘Martyr’.

    August 7, 2012
  2. Next year, I’ll be sure to send my state income tax check directly to Apostle Lucas. He can deposit it into his Prophet Profit account.

    To Jindal be the glory, forever and ever, amen.

    August 7, 2012
  3. This is an atrocious article.

    The money is going to the SCHOOL. Light City Christian Academy

    “989001 Light City Christian Academy ORLEANS 132 31 163 65 80 K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7 $ 4,555.00″

    The money is NOT going to the CHURCH SCHOOL. Light City Church School of the Prophets.

    HOW COULD THE AUTHOR MAKE SUCH A CRITICAL MISTAKE ?

    Here is the web site the author read: http://www.lightcitychurch.org/main/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=43&Itemid=54

    Even a fifth grader has sufficient reading skills to differentiate between that there is a Church, a School, and a Church school on this web page.

    How can we take anything this author writes seriously after such a serious error in reporting.

    The author claims… “And considering the “school” had only held classes every Friday, it certainly appears as if it was suddenly created out of thin air, a farcical attempt to garner public money.”

    Really?

    What a LUDICROUS claim.

    August 7, 2012
    • BSharp #

      Well that solves everything. I now feel the flow and pull of the prophetic.

      August 7, 2012
    • According to their website, both the school and the church are organized and incorporated under the SAME 501c3. The “academy” lists “School of the Prophets” training as an “upcoming event.” Heck, the school’s webpage is actually built into the church’s website. Of course, I can differentiate between a church and a school, but I’m not sure that Mr. Lucas or the people at Light City Christian Academy really appreciate the distinction. I’ve updated the post to include a link to the academy’s webpage, and I’ve edited out the line about the academy appearing to have been created out of thin-air. But without question, this does look like a farcical attempt to garner public money, and Governor Jindal and Superintendent White should have more thoroughly vetted and scrutinized the schools that they qualified for public subsidization.

      August 7, 2012
      • BSharp #

        /hard to see on iPhone. Replied to wrong guy

        August 7, 2012
    • BSharp #

      In all seriousness, you are an embarrassment to republicans…

      RSCC Member 57th Representative District, Subdistrict B
      Nicholas M. James 12/09/2011 Republican
      500 Welham Loop, LaPlace LA 70068
      225-772-2047

      When this guy ends up behind bars, remember, maybe then you’ll feel stupid.

      August 7, 2012
      • Boom goes the dynamite! Nice catch, BSharp.

        August 7, 2012
        • Nicholas James #

          For pointing out a fatal error in your report? Try again.

          Thankyou for correcting that error.

          August 8, 2012
          • Look, I appreciate the heads-up about the school’s webpage, but it wasn’t a “fatal error.” I understand you also once wrote for LouisianaConservative.com, where you railed against a ballot initiative to marginally increase a tax that would have supported public schools. So, I get it: Your policy solution is to strip, eliminate, or, at the very least, limit funding for public schools (because, as a Tea Party conservative, every tax is a superfluous tax), and, in turn, provide taxpayer dollars to prop up private schools, the vast majority of which are not held to any accountability standards.

            When you take away precious dollars from public schools, however, their failure becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy, pardon the pun.

            And I get it: You want to gloat about finding an oversight in my initial post, as if it invalidates the entire argument. Well, Nicholas, it doesn’t, and during the last day, you’ve actually helped to reinforce my point about how and why this man– this self-anointed “prophet”– should have been more throughly scrutinized before being awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars per year in taxpayer funding. So, thank you. And wise up, man.

            August 8, 2012
      • nicholasmjames #

        I am not defending nor critisizing the gentleman. I know nothing about him other than your report and what I found on a quick internet search.

        Initial google searches get bogged down with those ‘school finder’ web sites- many of which provide undated reports.

        This one lists attendance in 2008 as 35 and attendance in 2010 as 54.

        One of the other site breaks down the attendance by grades, giving only a few students per grade.

        Assuming a recent start date, the number of graduates should still be very small. Therefore a claim of a 90% college success rate is probably not meaningfull.

        http://www.schooldigger.com/go/LA/schools/9999935577/school.aspx

        August 8, 2012
  4. “Even a fifth grader has sufficient reading skills to differentiate between that there is a Church, a School, and a Church school on this web page.” PRO-TIP: When you’re attempting to insult someone else’s reading skills, remember to use proper grammar.

    August 7, 2012
    • nicholasmjames #

      Touche. But I replied with a fact not an insult. If you are going to investigate the school, do a proper job.

      August 8, 2012
  5. Oh Nicholas…Nicholas….please keep talking. Please champion the “Prophet of Con-profits”. I extend the rope to you sir…

    August 7, 2012
    • Turns out, there is a legitimate reason Light City Christian Academy hasn’t ever filed a publicly-available annual report with the IRS. Quoting GuideStar.com: “This organization is not required to file an annual return with the IRS because it is a church.”

      August 7, 2012
    • nicholasmjames #

      Ya’ll like juicy scandals? Why don’t you help me Champion this issue in addition to your current story line.

      The case starts with the young lady divorcing and interdicting her quadrepelegic husband.

      She demands and gets 100% of her former husbands disability check $1.045/month) as ‘child support’.

      Nobody should ever go to court, let alone a fully disabled person, in fear that the court will deprive them of the ability to live!

      http://ladads.info/modules/blog/2011/09/daniels-law/

      August 8, 2012
  6. Can we get Nicholas a microphone? Anyone?

    August 7, 2012
    • nicholasmjames #

      Already got one, thank you very much.

      Perhaps you would care to help with the fight against this UnConstitutional law while you are at it.

      Under this law, a judge can authorize the police to kick in your door at 3am to take your kids simply because you picked up their school records.

      It is currently law in 11 States (the first 7 before it got to Louisiana). We have blocked it in over 22 States now (some repeats) with 4 losses.

      We need some help getting it repealed in the States it is already law in.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uniform_Child_Abduction_Prevention_Act

      August 8, 2012
  7. BSharp #

    Damn, prophet Lucas makes enough to donate $57K to his own campaign in ’99.

    http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=33309

    Must…sleep.

    August 7, 2012
    • Whoa.

      August 7, 2012
      • BSharp #

        Woah indeed. I googled some of those names and got to unrelated, anonymous comments on zombies site from c-note posts. Ok, now I got 5 hours till I have to wake up. These are zombie hours.

        August 8, 2012
        • Interesting. Lucas (D) only spent $100,293 on the race.

          His opponent Sherman Copelin (D) spent $336,099.

          His top funders were $17,700 by the House Democratic Campaign Cmte of Louisiana; another $15,712 by the Louisiana Democratic Party; and $9,100 by the Louisiana Medical Association.

          Alario PAC kicked in another $5K; John Cummings $5K; Richards Disposal $5K; BDT Asset management $5k; Louisiana Manufacturers Association $5K; United Teachers of New Orleans $4,000… etc.

          August 8, 2012
  8. BSharp #

    Aaand let’s wrap this up by asking the question, why do people like that flemming boutte person donate to the prophet, c-note, and William Jefferson. One other as well. Birds of a feather flock together

    August 8, 2012
  9. nicholasmjames #

    A one-term State rep? When?

    According to the Congressional Black congress he was elected in 1999.

    I believe that Cedric Richmond, elected at the same time, is currently doing time in the Federal pen.

    “Also in 1999, Rev. Avery Alexander, one of the Caucus’ founding members, died following the LLBC Community Outreach Tour. Sherman N. Copelin, Jr. and Naomi Farve lost their bids for reelection and Rep. Danny Mitchell and Raymond A. Jetson did not seek reelection. During 1999 elections, Karen Carter of New Orleans was elected to Rev. Alexander’s vacant seat; Leonard Lucas and Cedric Richmond replaced Sherman Copelin and Naomi Farve, respectively; Lydia Jackson of Shreveport filled Danny Mitchell’s seat and Michael Jackson of Baton Rouge replaced Raymond Jetson. Senator Cleo Fields was elected as Black Caucus’ ninth chairman.”

    http://www.legis.state.la.us/llbc/LLBC-history.htm

    August 8, 2012
    • BSharp #

      I’m simply wondering if his campaign donations violated any laws and where he got the money to donate that amount. I am also questioning his association with people like Shelley Fleming Boutte, whose only other donations are to individuals of questionable character and is an officer in some sort of business with Ike Spears and Cedric Richmond, per the comment section of dambala’s blog. Your bias shows when you rush to defend someone like this. I’m not saying anyone did anything wrong, but his suspicions have been warranted frequently enough to make me wonder whether or not he was involved in similar activities.

      http://www.theamericanzombie.com/2010/10/movements-in-501c3.html?showComment=1288336096949#c1886949585577379897

      Also, Cedric Richmond holds a position that Joseph Cao previously held and should still hold, had New Orleans voted in the city’s best interest instead of blindly following political ideology, as you seem to be doing in the most ironic way imaginable. I mean, hell. You’re a republican defending the worst democrats out there.

      And plenty more has already been posted by Lamar that warrants further investigation before handing him our children and money and asking him to be an educator.

      August 8, 2012
      • nicholasmjames #

        Incorrect assessment.

        I read the artcile with a critical eye.

        When the article deviated radically from the truth, the author got critisized. That was when he reported the church schools as the children’s school. He has now corrected that error.

        The article has some other issues that need to be addressed, but the most glaring error has been corrected.

        August 8, 2012
      • nicholasmjames #

        He served a four year term. He lost his reelection bid in 2003.

        “In 2003, Sen. Jon D. Johnson, Reps. Leonard Lucas, Rosalind Peychaud and Patrick “Pat” Swilling all of New Orleans, lost their bids for re-election and Sen. Gregory “Greg” Tarver and Rep. Kyle Green did no seek re-elections During the 2003 elections, Ann Duplessis, Austin Jalila Jefferson-Bullock and Austin Badon replaced Leonard Lucas, Rosalind Peychaud and Patrick Swilling respectively; Rep. Lydia Jackson was elected in Shreveport to replace Sen. Gregory Tarver and Derrick Shepherd of Marrero, replaced Rep. Kyle Green and Roy Burrell of Shreveport was elected to House District 2 (replaced Rep. Lydia Jackson). Also, the Caucus gained an additional member, Cheryl Gray of New Orleans in House District 98. Rep. Willie Hunter was elected as the LLBC’s eleventh chairman. In 2003 Sen. Diana Bajoie and Rep. Sharon Weston Broome were both elected as the first African American women to serve as President Pro-Tempore (Senate) and Speaker Pro-Tempore (House) respectively.”

        Same source

        August 8, 2012
    • nicholasmjames #

      First legislative act. 2000 special session

      Instrument Status Summary
      HR34
      FILED WITH THE SECRETARY OF STATE
      HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES – Welcomes the Woman Thou Art Loosed Conference 2001 to the Louisiana Superdome

      August 8, 2012
    • Cedric Richmond is doing time in Washington D.C. as a congressman.

      August 9, 2012
      • nicholasmjames #

        Oops, you are correct. :) That was Derrick Shepherd that went to the federal pen.

        “Derrick Shepherd, the former state senator from Marrero who pleaded guilty to money laundering, has been released from a federal prison into a halfway house. Shepherd, 42, was released Monday, according to the federal Bureau of Prisons. Citing privacy concerns, federal authorities declined to say where he is housed.
        Derrick Shepherd.jpgDerrick Shepherd

        He could not be reached for comment.

        A Democrat who quickly rose from a political unknown to the state House before he was elected to the Senate, Shepherd pleaded guilty in October 2008 and was sentenced to 37 months in prison, for helping unlicensed bond broker Gwendolyn Moyo launder $141,000 from the sale of bogus bonds. “

        August 10, 2012
  10. nicholasmjames #

    2000 2nd Extraordinary Session
    Instruments by Leonard Lucas

    0 instruments found

    August 8, 2012
    • nicholasmjames #

      No legislation passed in 2000 reg session. Two resolutions passed.

      2000 Regular Session
      Instruments by Leonard Lucas

      Instrument Status Summary
      HR12
      FILED WITH THE SECRETARY OF STATE
      TRANSPORTATION DEPT – Requests the Dept. of Transportation and Development to install a traffic light at the intersection of Tupelo St. with St. Claude Ave. in Orleans Parish, La.
      HR63
      ASSIGNED TO HOUSE HEALTH & WELFARE
      EXCEPTIONAL PERSONS – Directs the secretary of the Department of Health and Hospitals to avoid concentrating community and group homes

      August 8, 2012
  11. nicholasmjames #

    Nothing in the 2001 special session.

    2001 1st Extraordinary Session
    Instruments by Leonard Lucas

    0 instruments found

    August 8, 2012
  12. nicholasmjames #

    Act1048 of 2001. Lots of attempts, one law.

    2001 Regular Session
    Instruments by Leonard Lucas

    Instrument Status Summary
    HB115
    ASSIGNED TO HOUSE ENVIRONMENT
    ENVIRONMENT/LITTERING – Increases penalties for littering and commercial littering
    HB670
    SIGNED BY THE GOVERNOR
    ACT 1048
    EXCEP PERSON/DISABLED – Provides relative to parking privileges for mobility-imparied persons
    HB1164
    SUBJECT TO CALL – SENATE FINAL PASSAGE
    DISTRICTS/INDUSTRIAL – Provides relative to the New Orleans Business and Industrial District, including provisions relating to the boundaries and the composition of the board of commissioners (RE1 INCREASE LF EX See Note)
    HB1525
    SUBJECT TO CALL – HOUSE FINAL PASSAGE
    PARISH/ORLEANS – Creates the St. Claude Avenue Economically Disadvantaged Enterprise Zone (EG DECREASE LF RV See Note )
    HB1961
    ASSIGNED TO HOUSE CIVIL LAW & PROCEDURE
    FAMILY VIOLENCE – Provides for the dismissal of domestic violence claims
    HB2031
    SUBSTITUTE ADOPTED ON THE HOUSE FLOOR
    HOLIDAYS – Provides that June 19th is a legal holiday
    HB2076
    ASSIGNED TO SENATE & GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS
    SPECIAL DAY/WEEK/MONTH – Recognizes and designates “Juneteenth” as a special day
    HCR49
    FILED WITH THE SECRETARY OF STATE
    SPECIAL DAY/WEEK/MONTH – Recognizes the last week in April of every year as Minister Appreciation Week
    HCR50
    FILED WITH THE SECRETARY OF STATE
    CONGRESS – Memorializes the United States Congress to recognize the last week in April of every year as Minister Appreciation Week
    HCR228
    ASSIGNED TO SENATE LOCAL & MUNICIPAL AFFAIRS
    ENVIRONMENT/LITTERING – Requests the city of New Orleans to take prompt action to ticket WASTE MANAGEMENT, INC. for littering
    HR5
    FILED WITH THE SECRETARY OF STATE
    SPECIAL DAY/WEEK/MONTH – Recognizes Minister Appreciation Week
    HR129
    FILED WITH THE SECRETARY OF STATE
    ECONOMIC DEVEL/COMMUNITY – Requests the city of New Orleans to study the feasibility of recruiting a large supermarket to locate in House of Representatives District No. 99

    August 8, 2012
  13. nicholasmjames #

    2001 2nd Extraordinary Session
    Instruments by Leonard Lucas

    0 instruments found

    August 8, 2012
  14. nicholasmjames #

    Hmmm, 2002 was an interesting session. Three resolutions.

    2002 Regular Session
    Instruments by Leonard Lucas

    Instrument Status Summary
    HR66
    FILED WITH THE SECRETARY OF STATE
    SCHOOLS – Recognizes the need for a middle school of the arts in new House District Ninety-Nine
    HR67
    FILED WITH THE SECRETARY OF STATE
    SCHOOLS – Requests the Orleans Parish School Board to reconsider its decision relative to certain janitorial services
    HR68
    FILED WITH THE SECRETARY OF STATE
    SCHOOLS/BOARDS – Requests the Orleans Parish School Board to reconsider its decision approving a certain contract relative to operating a school for students with behavior problems

    August 8, 2012
  15. nicholasmjames #

    One law passed in 2003 act259

    2003 Regular Session
    Instruments by Leonard Lucas

    Instrument Status Summary
    HB145
    ASSIGNED TO HOUSE TRANSPORTATION, HIGHWAYS, AND PUBLIC WORKS
    Considered on 4/14/2003
    MTR VEHICLE/LICEN PLATES – Provides for the creation of the Beacon Light Baptist Church prestige license plate (OR SD RV See Note)
    HB146
    ASSIGNED TO HOUSE TRANSPORTATION, HIGHWAYS, AND PUBLIC WORKS
    MTR VEHICLE/LICEN PLATES – Provides for the creation of the Franklin Avenue Baptist Church prestige license plate (OR SD RV See Note)
    HB147
    SIGNED BY THE GOVERNOR
    ACT 259
    MTR VEHICLE/LICEN PLATES – Provides for the creation of prestige license plates for certain (EN SD RV See Note)
    HB148
    ASSIGNED TO HOUSE CRIMINAL JUSTICE
    CRIME/THEFT – Relative to criminal penalties for theft (OR INCREASE GF EX See Note)
    HB149
    ASSIGNED TO HOUSE EDUCATION
    HEALTH/DISEASE CONTROL – Requires students to submit proof of diabetes testing before entering school
    HB155
    ASSIGNED TO HOUSE & GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS
    ELECTION CODE – Changes the hours the polls are required to be open (OR DECREASE GF EX See Note)
    HB244
    ASSIGNED TO SENATE LOCAL & MUNICIPAL AFFAIRS
    Considered on 6/19/2003
    PARISH/ORLEANS – Creates the St. Claude Avenue Economically Disadvantaged Enterprise Zone (EG SEE FISC NOTE LF RV See Note)
    HB245
    ASSIGNED TO HOUSE LABOR & INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS
    Considered on 5/21/2003
    EMPLOYMENT/WAGES-MINIMUM – Establishes a state minimum wage at a dollar above the federal rate (OR +$3,340,000 GF EX See Note)
    HB246
    ASSIGNED TO HOUSE COMMERCE
    CONTRACTORS – Exempts certain persons from taking the statewide exam for electrical contracting
    HB1034
    ASSIGNED TO SENATE LOCAL & MUNICIPAL AFFAIRS
    DISTRICTS/ECONOMIC DEVEL – Creates the Ninth Ward Tax Increment Financing District
    HB1889
    PENDING IN CONFERENCE COMMITTEE
    CREDIT/CONSUMER – Provides relative to certain fees and charges under the Louisiana Consumer Credit Law
    HCR222
    FILED WITH THE SECRETARY OF STATE
    SPECIAL DAY/WEEK/MONTH – Recognizes the last week in April as Minister Appreciation Week annually, commends ministers, and requests the governor to proclaim Minister Appreciation Week annually
    HR5
    FILED WITH THE SECRETARY OF STATE
    COMMENDATIONS – Commends the principal and students of Louis Armstrong Elementary School of New Orleans upon their visit to the legislature
    HR6
    FILED WITH THE SECRETARY OF STATE
    COMMENDATIONS – Commends the principal and students of Light City Christian Academy of New Orleans upon their visit to the legislature
    HR118
    FILED WITH THE SECRETARY OF STATE
    LOCAL GOVERNMENT – Urges and requests the New Orleans City Council to designate a certain portion of Desire Street as a one-way street
    HR128
    FILED WITH THE SECRETARY OF STATE
    PUBLIC TRANSPORT/MASS TR – Requests the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority to stop activities related to changing the Barracks bus line until full opportunity for community discussion and recommendations has been provided
    HR147
    FILED WITH THE SECRETARY OF STATE
    SCHOOLS/ADMINISTRATORS – Requests the superintendent of the Orleans Parish school system to gather input from faculty, staff, parents, and the community prior to making a decision on the hiring of the principal of George Washington Carver Senior High School
    HR148
    FILED WITH THE SECRETARY OF STATE
    SPECIAL DAY/WEEK/MONTH – Recognizes September 2003 as National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month
    HR155
    FILED WITH THE SECRETARY OF STATE
    LOCAL GOVERNMENT – Requests the New Orleans City Council to take all appropriate measures to ensure the improvement of street lighting on North Claiborne Avenue between Poland Avenue and the Franklin Bridge
    HR176
    FILED WITH THE SECRETARY OF STATE
    PARISH/ORLEANS – Urges and requests the New Orleans City Council to designate a certain portion of St. Claude Avenue as an economically disadvantaged enterprise zone and to grant certain tax relief and financial assistance

    August 8, 2012
    • nicholasmjames #

      Okay. This resolution from 2003 establishes that the school was a going concern as of that May 13, 2003. The principal being Zella Makey. The coordinator being Sheryl Hawkins. They apparently had 40 students from 5th to 10th grade.

      So the school has been operated at least ten years.

      Using simple math it also means the school should have at least 40 graduates by now. So the 90% claim would mean 36 children out of this batch of 40.

      The picture on the schools site of the three girls graduating would be the graduating class for whatever year is pictured… Presumably the most recent year.

      http://legis.la.gov/leg_docs/03RS/CVT2/OUT/0000K4FY.PDF

      August 8, 2012
  16. nicholasmjames #

    Initial election results and competition in 1999.

    Louisiana Secretary of State
    Election Results by Precinct
    Unofficial Results for Election Date: 11/20/1999
    State Representative — 99th Representative District

    ORLEANS

    1900-01-01 00:00:00.000
    Precinct Sherman Copelin Leonard Lucas, Jr.
    9- 1 118 150
    9- 10 68 96
    9- 11 26 38
    9- 16 47 76
    9- 17 91 118
    9- 18 54 76
    9- 19 94 90
    9- 2 91 108
    9- 21 84 110
    9- 22 95 108
    9- 23 112 115
    9- 24 41 41
    9- 26 50 64
    9- 26A 87 97
    9- 3 110 145
    9- 3A 155 138
    9- 3B 138 102
    9- 4 126 129
    9- 5 120 143
    9- 5A 132 145
    9- 6B 146 151
    9- 6C 181 138
    9- 6D 160 123
    9- 6E 103 107
    9- 6F 109 118
    9- 7 133 140
    9- 8 131 147
    9- 8A 202 195
    9- 8B 82 75
    9- 9 45 74
    Early Voting 28 59

    August 8, 2012
  17. nicholasmjames #

    Lots of people ran against him in 2003. He was down to 2,093 supporters

    State Representative — 99th Representative District
    All 40 precincts reporting
    Click here for Results by Precinct
    Jean Morris Anderson (D) 6.89% 618
    Kemp A. Johnson, Sr. (D) 6.90% 619
    Myron Lee (D) 3.70% 332
    Leonard “Jr.” Lucas (D) 23.32% 2093
    Charmaine Marchand (D) 36.09% 3239
    Isabell W. Moore (D) 11.73% 1053
    Robert “Rob” Slaughter (D) 9.89% 888
    Deninah Webb-Goodwin (O)

    http://staticresults.sos.la.gov/10042003/10042003_36.html

    August 8, 2012
    • nicholasmjames #

      And so naturally he got stomped in the runoff.

      State Representative — 99th Representative District
      All 40 precincts reporting
      Click here for Results by Precinct
      Leonard “Jr.” Lucas (D) 30.80% 3236
      Charmaine Marchand (D) 69.20% 7269

      http://staticresults.sos.la.gov/11152003/11152003_36.html

      Louisiana Secretary of State
      Election Results by Precinct
      Unofficial Results for Election Date: 11/15/2003
      State Representative — 99th Representative District

      ORLEANS

      1900-01-01 00:00:00.000
      Precinct Leonard “Jr.” Lucas Charmaine Marchand
      09 01 137 228
      09 02 82 192
      09 03 98 181
      09 03A 85 236
      09 03B 61 204
      09 04 104 201
      09 05 97 202
      09 05A 77 271
      09 06B 73 274
      09 06C 93 255
      09 06D 69 255
      09 06E 65 189
      09 06F 73 214
      09 07 117 245
      09 08 101 257
      09 08A 102 312
      09 08B 53 168
      09 09 59 126
      09 10 81 166
      09 11 41 92
      09 12 55 142
      09 15 45 121
      09 16 69 124
      09 17 116 201
      09 18 100 138
      09 21 98 183
      09 22 108 226
      09 23 83 267
      09 25 82 149
      09 25A 91 176
      09 26 55 105
      09 26A 97 179
      09 27 91 127
      09 28 64 163
      09 28A 11 19
      09 28C 75 129
      09 28D 65 127
      09 28E 48 76
      09 28F 101 123
      09 29 65 85
      Early Voting 49 141

      August 8, 2012
  18. dahrah #

    As someone who has taught in both public and charter schools, I can say that if I had a class of 5 students (~50 students÷13 grades) I could make all sorts of progress with those 5 students and they would be performing at or above grade level. The state has made it too easy to get money and they seem to hand out charters to anyone who has the patience for paperwork. Just my 2 cents.

    August 8, 2012
    • nicholasmjames #

      So why don’t you Dahrah? The state is in desperate need of teachers to raise the education standard – especially in New Orleans.

      If you go to the link above, each student is worth about $4,500. So for a five student class size you would be paid $22,500.

      Hmmm. That’s a bit low, you might want to go for a class size of 10 for $45,000.

      I think the public schools are spending $10,000 to $12,000/student these days.

      So you would be able to educate 10 Louisiana students to above grade level and save the state about $45,000 in the bargain.

      August 8, 2012
      • BSharp #

        No, there is no shortage of teacher supply. There is a situation where poverty leads to subpar academic achievement and republicans wish to absolve themselves of the responsibility to educate them and improve their situation while attacking a profession that’s supports your political opposition. You rushed legislation to do them in and now you’re paying the consequences by allowing prophets to steal tax payer money.

        August 11, 2012
        • BSharp #

          Oh, and let’s also make clear that the purpose of rushing the legislation was to prevent dissension from organizing. It’s now biting you in the ass and it’s only going to get more embarrassing from here.

          August 11, 2012
        • nicholasmjames #

          Really? Oh good grief.

          We will never fix the problems in the State until a correct assessment of the root cause of the problem is identified and corrected.

          Try again.

          Sincerely yours, Nicholas James

          August 11, 2012
          • BSharp #

            New jersey schools plotted by census poverty and academic proficiency. http://schoolfinance101.files.wordpress.com/2012/08/slide6.jpg

            Feel free to continue ignoring that correlation.

            August 11, 2012
      • BSharp #

        Oh, and ironically, 80% of new Orleans students go through the charter system already. Any absence of good teaching there could be quickly blamed on the charter system.

        August 11, 2012
  19. You’re completely missing her point, Nicholas.

    August 8, 2012
  20. Fed-Up #

    As a former employee, I will say that due to his reputation the teachers there get a bad rap. Hopefully the money will go to the right place because I fought my butt off trying to get resources for my students and spent a lot of my money making sure my students had what they needed. And no not all of students go to college and take one course, we made sure that all those students qualified for TOPS and got in to a post-secondary school or program. We made sure our students were learning without all the fancy resources. Eventually I left and sadly other good teachers will leave as well the pay is horrible and I got just tired of the display of opulence yet we were paid pennies, over-worked, and not even considered employees. Imagine the headache from the IRS. Hopefully the state will have stringent rules and policies for this money so that the teachers and students receive the support they need. It just sad that the hard work of the teachers gets negative criticism because of him.

    August 26, 2012

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