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  • Board accepts proposal to close high school

    March 27, 2014 10:31 PM

    NEW ROADS- The Pointe Coupee Parish School Board accepted a proposal from the state Recovery School District to funnel high school students from Pointe Coupee Central High to Livonia High beginning in the fall. The state no longer wants to run the school, so it will be returned to... more »
  • Judge: Ensure vouchers don't promote segregation

    November 22, 2013 7:37 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has given state and federal lawyers 60 days to come up with possible modifications to a longstanding court order in a 1970s civil rights case to make sure that the state's private school voucher program does not lead to segregation of schools. U.S. District... more »
  • Jindal demands feds drop suit against state

    September 18, 2013 1:12 PM

    WASHINGTON - Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is demanding that the Justice Department drop its challenge to his state's school voucher system. Jindal says President Barack Obama wants "to trap these children in failing schools." Jindal and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush say Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder wouldn't send... more »
  • Judge refuses to modify desegregation decree

    February 7, 2013 6:43 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The federal judge overseeing Tangipahoa Parish's decades-old desegregation case has denied the school board's request for a status conference to discuss possible modifications to the court-ordered desegregation plan. U.S. District Judge Ivan L.R. Lemelle instead directed the attorneys to meet in an effort to reach a consensus... more »
  • Group shows support in Tangi desegregation plan

    January 23, 2013 6:58 AM

    AMITE - A Hammond group's show of unity and support for the Tangipahoa Parish school system exposed a deepening rift among school board members regarding possible modifications to the district's desegregation plan. About 30 parents and community leaders attended the board's Tuesday meeting wearing purple to show their unity... more »
  • Voucher program can continue in Tangipahoa

    January 16, 2013 2:30 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal appeals court has ruled that the state can continue its private school tuition voucher program in Tangipahoa Parish, despite the Tangipahoa Parish School Board's claim that the program could affect a decades-old school desegregation case. A U.S. District judge had blocked the voucher program... more »
  • Judge rules voucher law conflicts with deseg order

    November 26, 2012 3:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A New Orleans-based federal judge has halted Gov. Bobby Jindal's voucher program in Tangipahoa Parish, saying it conflicts with a decades-old desegregation case. U.S. District Judge Ivan Lemelle ruled Monday that a series of sweeping education changes pushed by Jindal clash with court orders in the 47-year-old... more »
  • Tangipahoa board delays altering deseg plans

    September 19, 2012 7:14 AM

    AMITE - The Tangipahoa Parish School Board has effectively killed a proposed timetable for considering revisions to the district's desegregation plan by voting to delay the discussion until the next meeting. Board member Brett Duncan has questioned the need to build $54.5 million worth of new schools, as specified... more »
  • Official questions school construction

    September 18, 2012 9:01 AM

    AMITE - A Tangipahoa Parish School Board member is questioning whether the school system needs to spend $54.5 million to build three new schools to reach the district's desegregation goals. Board member Brett Duncan says he plans to offer a resolution Tuesday that would outline a process and a... more »
  • St. Helena Parish split over 'color of money'

    September 8, 2010 10:26 PM

    People in St. Helena Parish are split over the idea of paying higher taxes to renovate the area's decrepit schools. Unfortunately, the line dividing those willing to pay could be drawn on the "color" of money. It's often heard in St. Helena Parish the entire controversy boils down to... more »
  • Desegregation case could strengthen St. Helena tax proposal

    August 26, 2010 10:37 PM

    School leaders in St. Helena Parish want modular buildings sitting idle in New Orleans to replace crumbling classrooms. The system is in the longest desegregation case in state history, so it had to make the request in federal court today. It's one of the poorest parishes, so solutions are... more »
  • Judge OKs 1st step in Tangipahoa unitary status

    August 10, 2010 7:10 AM

    A federal judge has ruled that the Tangipahoa Parish school system has reached unitary status in transportation, providing a first step in getting complete unitary status in the system's desegregation lawsuit. School Superintendent Mark Kolwe says he expects the resolution of the suit to come in parts like last week's... more »
  • Board votes to delay deseg case request

    May 6, 2010 6:42 AM

    The Avoyelles Parish School Board is delaying unitary status for its transportation system in the district's federal desegregation lawsuit until the district's staff can gather additional information. The board had considered seeking unitary status for transportation at its upcoming June 4 status conference with U.S. District Court Judge Dee Drell,... more »
  • Judge OKs Tangipahoa school plan

    March 5, 2010 6:19 AM

    The Tangipahoa Parish School Board's desegregation plan calling for construction of new schools, creation of magnet programs and nearly $200 million in new taxes has been approved. The school board had submitted its plan to U.S. District Court in New Orleans in June and participated in days of witness testimony... more »

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