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Best Louisiana Colleges To Attend Near Lake Charles

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If you or someone you know if preparing to move up from high school to college and you live in the Lake Charles area, here’s some of the best Louisiana colleges to attend near us.

University of Louisiana at Lafayette

A number of academic benefits and innovative SMART classrooms await you at one of the best colleges in Louisiana, which offers over 80 degree programs and counseling services for first-generation college students.

McNeese State University

One of McNeese State’s main draws is that it’s one of few universities that house a farm on campus – with over 1,400 acres of land dedicated to agriculture and research. Also, newly-admitted students can attend “Cowboy Camp,” a special and exclusive orientation.

Louisiana College

If you’re looking for a Christian private school, head to Louisiana College. There are various degree programs, an on-campus chapel, spiritual programs, and accreditation through professional organizations.

Louisiana State University in Alexandria

This branch campus in Alexandria offers 13 bachelor’s degree programs as well as benefits like varsity rodeo and rugby teams and an undergraduate academic journal. Check out the exclusive Honors Program, too.

Some of the best Louisiana colleges are near us right here in the Lake Charles and Alexandria area. If you want to stay close to home, schedule a tour for one of these schools today.


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800 Students Opt Out of Common Core Testing

Nearly 800 students plan to skip a round of Common Core Testing in the Lake Charles area and there’s nothing anyone can do to stop them. Students have the option to opt out of the tests. In all 318 elementary and 458 middle school students will not be taking part.

BooksThe problem comes down to school performance scores and, by extension, funding. The total number of students opting out comes to 6% of the total students scheduled to be tested. When a student opts out of the common core testing, it counts as a zero for the school. In turn, this could affect the No Child Left Behind funding. Representative Brett Geymann is leading the battle against Common Core standards.

This isn’t the first set of reforms the area has seen recently. The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education approved a $36 million increase in state aid for public schools. The funding also sets new rules for how public school teachers are evaluated with less emphasis on student performance.

The Lake Charles students represent only 0.2% of test takers and only two schools. State Superintendent of Education John White said, “We don’t just govern two schools. We govern 1,400 schools.” Whether any changes will be made to Common Core Testing remains to be seen.