Just Talkin’ for Jan. 30, 2020


JT was happy to read an article in the Advocate about Cade Brumley being a potential candidate to replace Supt. of Education John White. JT has to brag since Cade is a former sports editor for The Natchitoches Times. He was a part-time editor who did a great job for us here while he was getting a degree at Northwestern State.

JT has watched Cade rise from a student to superintendent of schools in DeSoto Parish to superintendent of schools in Jefferson Parish. He hails from Converse.

This is a snippet of the article:

“Brumley was mentioned as a potential White successor even during his days leading DeSoto Parish schools.

“Those whispers only grew louder when he took over the state’s largest and most diverse district in Jefferson Parish in March 2018.  “Since moving to Jefferson, he has engineered some significant changes, including expanding the parish’s Spanish-language offerings for new arrivals, changing some traditional middle schools into K-8 schools and reorganizing the central office.

“Improvements in the classroom have been less dramatic. The system’s grade remains a C in the state’s rating system, but there have been upticks in key metrics such as graduation rate, college credits earned and grade-level proficiencies.

“Several Jefferson Parish School Board members said Tuesday they were not shocked Brumley’s name was in the mix for the state job — “I can’t say it surprises me,” said one. Several said they wouldn’t stand in his way if he gets the nod from BESE.”

JT was amused to see one article on the internet stating he is a “small-town boy.” He may be from a small town but his thinking and progressive ideas about education are big time.