Acadiana news briefs for March 12, 2014

Registration deadline for old GEE exam nears

The Lafayette Parish school system will administer the old Graduation Exit Examination to those adults who must still pass all five parts of the exam to complete their high school diploma requirements.

The old GEE must be taken by those who became 10th-graders before the 1999-2000 school year. Any students who became a 10th-grader between 1988 and 1999 and did not pass all five parts are eligible to take the test March 26 and March 27 at the School Board office, 113 Chaplin Drive. Retest students may take only those parts that they did not pass.

To register, call Laurie Rees, district test coordinator, (337) 521-7029 by March 21.

Press Club to hold legislative forum

Acadiana legislators join the Acadiana Press Club’s newsmaker forum at noon Monday, March 17, to discuss the major issues affecting Acadiana in this legislative session at The Daily Advertiser’s community room, 1100 Bertrand Drive.

Legislators confirmed for the panel are Reps. Joel Robideaux, R-Lafayette, and Ledricka Thierry, D-Opelousas, and Sen. Page Cortez, R-Lafayette.

Last year’s legislative forum drew a large crowd and generated a debate on tax issues.

This year is a non-fiscal session and lawmakers will focus on a broader array of issues: workforce development, levee board authority, whether to raise the minimum wage, to change the state’s Common Core academic standards and even to allow drones over chemical plants.

The public forum begins at noon, but guests are encouraged to arrive early to purchase lunch from the Viva la Waffle food truck, which will be in the Advertiser parking lot.

Compiled from Advocate staff reports