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  • Report of gunshot prompts school lockdown Thursday

    October 5, 2017 11:12 AM

    BATON ROUGE – Sounds similar to a gunshot heard in woods near a school caused a scare Thursday morning. The Runnels School was on lockdown at the main campus after a sound was heard in woods near the school. The sheriff's office was called to investigate, the school said... more »
  • St. Louis King of France closing church in November, school in May

    September 22, 2017 5:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE – St. Louis King of France Catholic School will close in May, the diocese announced Friday. The closure comes as the parish church is consolidated with nearby St. Thomas More. In a letter to the school community, Reverend Michael J. Alello wrote the school cannot remain open... more »
  • Child hit, injured at Baton Rouge bus stop Thursday morning Play Video

    September 21, 2017 11:20 AM

    BATON ROUGE – An elementary student was hit by a car while trying to get on a school bus Thursday morning. The East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office said the 11-year-old was crossing the street to board the bus when he was struck by a vehicle. The child suffered minor... more »
  • Action on student loan forgiveness delayed as rules revised

    September 13, 2017 7:25 AM

    WASHINGTON- The Trump administration is delaying action on requests for student loan forgiveness as it rewrites Obama-era rules that had sought to better protect students. The for-profit college industry has wanted those rules revised. The move by the Education Department puts in legal limbo tens of thousands of... more »
  • Knock Knock Children's Museum opens Tuesday Play Video

    August 22, 2017 10:35 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Baton Rouge area's newest museum is ready to open its doors to residents and their children. The Knock Knock Children's Museum is holding a ribbon cutting ceremony and grand opening Tuesday morning. According to a news release, Knock Knock is designed as a 26,000... more »
  • Louisiana's contentious education plan wins federal approval

    August 15, 2017 9:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana has received federal approval for its contested redesign of state education policies, submitted by education officials over the objections of Gov. John Bel Edwards. U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced Tuesday that she had signed off on Louisiana's proposal under the federal Every Student... more »
  • Mayor-President Broome announces launch of childhood development program

    August 14, 2017 12:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE — Last week, Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome announced the launch of her Cradle to K initiative. A program she says is part of her ongoing commitment to education at all stages of life. The program focuses on early childhood development and school readiness for children up to... more »
  • SLU announces raises for employees

    August 11, 2017 1:47 PM

    HAMMOND – Southeastern announced merit raises for its faculty and staff for the first time in nearly seven years Friday. SLU President John Crain said some $3 million in the university’s current budget will be allocated to raises. The raises apply to full-time faculty and staff employed as of... more »
  • UPDATE: Like a new car, school buildings smelled funny but now cleared for class

    August 8, 2017 11:50 AM

    ST. AMANT – School officials believe an odor in some unused temporary classroom structures was caused by summer heat exacerbating the release of smells associated with new materials. In a note to parents this weekend, the school district said odors smelled inside what's called “T-buildings” at Galvez Middle, Galvez... more »
  • Statue of football great Billy Cannon coming to LSU campus

    August 3, 2017 7:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The LSU Athletic Hall of Fame Committee approved a proposal to honor football legend Billy Cannon with a statue on campus. The committee voted unanimously to approve the proposal. Funding for the statue, like others, will come from private donations through the Tiger Athletic Foundation. ... more »
  • Review coming for Louisiana schools for deaf, blind students

    July 29, 2017 11:44 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's education department is seeking an outside group to review state-run schools for children with special needs. The agency announced it is seeking proposals from organizations that could conduct an evaluation of operations and academic programs at the Louisiana School for the Deaf, the Louisiana... more »
  • Sex tape scandal, other issues frustrate some Southern supporters Play Video

    June 23, 2017 5:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE – A Southern University alumnus and community news and opinion website publisher chastised the school's administration for its handling of mounting issues on campus – most recently a sex tape purportedly leaked amid a scandal involving a high-ranking campus official and an underling. BREAKING: Southern announced it... more »
  • States test worksite charter schools for company kids

    June 17, 2017 11:23 AM

    RALEIGH, N.C. - A rarely applied experiment in education enabling companies to host taxpayer-funded charter schools for their employees' children may be about to spread. Florida is the only state bringing business-backed charter schools to work sites so far. Louisiana and Connecticut laws also encourage these charters. ... more »
  • Louisiana rated 48th among states in Kids Count rankings

    June 13, 2017 11:45 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana ranked 48th in an annual national assessment of child well-being that looks at poverty, education and health access. The Kids Count report was released Tuesday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, a private charitable organization that had Louisiana ranked in the same spot in... more »
  • Parkview Baptist head baseball coach retiring

    May 19, 2017 6:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Parkview Baptist School's head baseball coach is stepping away from the plate. School officials announced Darron Mitchell is retiring from his role as head baseball coach. Mitchell led the Eagles to six district titles, two state runner up titles in 2012 and 2015, and one... more »
  • Former school employee arrested in non-school rape of 10-year-old

    April 19, 2017 1:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE – A 21-year-old woman who had worked for several months as a teacher's assistant at an area private school, was charged Tuesday with two 2015 rapes of a ten-year-old boy. Harlie Vanosdell was booked into jail overnight on two counts of first-degree rape. According to social... more »
  • Police bust overnight food fight involving area high school students

    April 7, 2017 6:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE – High school students left a mess after an overnight food fight that police had to break up. A large group of guys and girls trashed parts of the Perkins Road Community Park with eggs, more food and other litter late Thursday. Police said when they arrived,... more »
  • Louisiana governor, superintendent clash over rules rewrite

    March 29, 2017 7:38 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards and Superintendent of Education John White are at odds over how to redesign Louisiana education policies to comply with a federal education law. The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has been placed in the middle of that dispute and will decide Wednesday... more »
  • Governor Edwards pushes education package

    March 28, 2017 7:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Closing loopholes for some voucher students and eliminating corporal punishment for disabled children are some of Governor John Bel Edwards' proposals for the upcoming legislative session. The administration released its education package in a news release Tuesday afternoon. Edwards is supporting a bill by State Representative Franklin... more »
  • Lawmakers say TOPS is priority, but how will they fill gap?

    March 20, 2017 4:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Legislative leaders told higher education officials they hope to fully fund the TOPS college tuition program in next year's budget. But they stopped short of making promises. House Speaker Taylor Barras; Rep. Walt Leger, the top-ranking House Democrat; and Sen. Sharon Hewitt, who sits on the budget-writing... more »
  • Louisiana fisheries agency offers boating safety courses

    March 19, 2017 3:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is offering seven free boating education courses around the state this week. The effort is part of a national Spring Aboard-Take a Boating Education Course campaign. Boating education courses are mandatory for anyone in Louisiana born after Jan. 1, 1984, who... more »
  • Broome to host city-wide round table discussion on education

    March 17, 2017 5:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Mayor-President Sharon West Broome is hosting a city-wide round table discussion with education stakeholders to help close the education gap in the community. The round table will be held on March 21 and will include East Baton Rouge Parish Superintendent Dr. Warren Drake, East Baton Rouge... more »
  • New science standards to be phased into Louisiana classrooms

    March 8, 2017 12:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's new science standards for public schools will be phased into classrooms, taking full effect by the 2018-19 school year. The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education gave final approval Wednesday to the rewrite of the state's two-decades-old teaching benchmarks with no discussion. The upcoming 2017-18 school... more »
  • Little growth planned in state aid for La. public schools

    March 7, 2017 4:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's public schools appear on track to receive largely standstill financing for the next school year. The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education on Tuesday backed a recommendation for a $3.7 billion financing formula for the 2017-18 school year that would freeze the amount of money doled... more »
  • Baton Rouge area Catholic school responds to student's racist essay about Black History Month

    February 20, 2017 4:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Parents and students of a Catholic high school received a letter, apologizing after a student's essay that chastised African Americans circulated on the internet. The essay, assigned to a class at St. Michael the Archangel in Baton Rouge, was about Black History Month. Instead of writing... more »
  • Student body presidents express concern over threats to higher education

    February 16, 2017 8:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE - In a plea to the governor, the Council of Student Body Presidents expressed their concern over "constant cuts" to higher education. More than 30 student body presidents from Louisiana schools, including Louisiana State University and Southern University, issued a letter to Governor John Bel Edwards and... more »
  • The new civics course in schools: How to avoid fake news

    February 13, 2017 8:11 AM

    WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. - They are the unexpected classroom lessons of the election season - on the reach and repercussions of fake news. Teachers from elementary school through college have been ramping up media literacy training to recognize bogus reports and understand their potential to weaken civic culture. Tom Boll recently... more »
  • Social media mocks Education Department for misspelled tweets

    February 12, 2017 6:03 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Education Department is getting social media criticism after misspelling the name of a prominent African-American sociologist. In a tweet Sunday from its official account, the department attributes a quotation to W.E.B. DeBois, incorrectly spelling the last name with an "E." It immediately drew hundreds of responses mocking... more »
  • St. Amant High School to reopen February 13

    February 9, 2017 6:38 PM

    ST. AMANT - St. Amant High School will reopen on Monday, following months of repairs after the August flood. Ascension Parish School Board officials said the move-in date comes after a successful Fire Marshal inspection, completed Monday. "We are very excited that the Gators will get back to... more »
  • Pence: Education pick DeVos will be confirmed with his vote

    February 5, 2017 4:42 PM

    WASHINGTON - Vice President Mike Pence says he fully expects billionaire GOP donor Betsy DeVos will be confirmed as education secretary with his tie-breaking vote. Speaking on "Fox News Sunday," Pence says the Trump administration is "very confident" she will take up her Cabinet post soon. Last week, two Republican... more »
  • Dad: drive-by victim was to join Army Reserves

    February 1, 2017 9:19 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The father of an 18-year-old killed in a drive-by shooting in front of a New Orleans high school says his son was in Tulane University's culinary catering program and was planning to join the Army Reserves. Lawrence Williams Jr. said Lawrence Williams IV had never been in... more »
  • Unhinged man escapes ambulance, causes disturbance at school Wednesday Play Video

    January 25, 2017 11:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police and paramedics had to deal with a patient that caused a disturbance near a school and then escaped from an ambulance Wednesday evening. A state trooper at St. Thomas More Catholic School was on the scene by coincidence at a time when some parents were picking... more »
  • UPDATE: Area teacher booked into jail for choking student

    January 25, 2017 11:43 AM

    PLAQUEMINE – A White Castle High School coach turned himself in to authorities and was booked into jail Wednesday. As WBRZ.com was first to report a day earlier, Edd Thomas faces a second degree battery charge for an altercation at the school earlier in the month. Thomas is accused... more »
  • INVESTIGATIVE UNIT: Teacher accused of choking student unconscious Play Video

    January 24, 2017 11:25 AM

    WHITE CASTLE – A coach at the town high school faces battery charges for choking a student, WBRZ was first to confirm Tuesday. The Investigative Unit obtained the arrest warrant for Edd L. Thomas which was issued Monday. White Castle Police Chief Mario Brown told WBRZ Chief Investigator Chris... more »
  • DeVos says she'll take $1 as education chief

    January 17, 2017 9:17 PM

    WASHINGTON - Republican billionaire Betsy DeVos says she will take a salary of only $1 if confirmed to head the Education Department. At her confirmation hearing Tuesday, DeVos says does not want to take a government salary as Donald Trump's new education secretary. DeVos has used her vast wealth to... more »
  • Man arrested following fatal shooting on Education Street

    December 28, 2016 4:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE – An arrest has been made in connection to a fatal shooting that occurred on Education Street on Dec. 23 . BRPD arrested 33-year-old Johnny Matthews on charges of second degree murder, illegal use of a weapon and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Police... more »
  • Colorado district allows teachers to carry guns

    December 14, 2016 11:24 PM

    DENVER - A rural Colorado school district has decided to allow its teachers and other school staff to carry guns on campus to protect students. The Hanover School District 28 board voted 3-2 Wednesday night to allow school employees to volunteer to be armed on the job after undergoing training.... more »
  • Baton Rouge Community College gets new chancellor

    December 14, 2016 9:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Community and Technical College System's board of supervisors has picked a new chancellor for Baton Rouge Community College. The board unanimously selected Larissa Littleton-Steib for the position on Wednesday. Her appointment takes effect on Jan. 2. Littleton-Steib, a Louisiana native, currently serves as vice chancellor... more »
  • Istrouma High School to reopen in 2017 following 8-month renovation

    December 13, 2016 5:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Istrouma High School is expected to be open next school year following a renovation that begins Tuesday, the school system said in an email late Tuesday afternoon about the next day's groundbreaking. Wednesday, the East Baton Rouge Parish School System is set to start work on... more »
  • Freiberg's win to be recognized; must resign school board to take council seat

    December 13, 2016 2:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE – School Board President Barbara Freiberg will resign from her position as she readies to take-on a new role in city government. Freiberg, a Republican, beat Ree Carey in Saturday's runoff election for Metro Council. Freiberg will represent District 12 on the city-parish governing body. Freiberg replaces... more »
  • West Baton Rouge voters approve education proposals Play Video

    December 10, 2016 11:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Two taxes passed Saturday evening that dedicates funds to the ten schools in West Baton Rouge Parish and the teachers who work in them. From the 20 year bond, The school system will use that money to build multipurpose buildings and replace temporary buildings with... more »
  • Online portal opens for review of standards for science

    December 3, 2016 12:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Education has launched the Louisiana Student Standards Review Portal , which gives parents, educators, and all other stakeholders the opportunity to provide input on Louisiana's Student Standards for science. The portal provides the public with the first look at the initial draft of... more »
  • Louisiana gets $10M grant to improve preschool programs

    November 30, 2016 11:42 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana is getting just over $10 million from the federal government to improve preschool programs for children from low-income families. U. S. Department of Education and Health and Human Services said in a news release Wednesday Louisiana is one of 18 that will divide $247 million. The... more »
  • Teachers of students with disabilities receive federal grant

    November 26, 2016 1:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Education, in partnership with LSU, is one of seven states awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The state will receive nearly $6.1 million over five years. This year's State Personnel Development Grant provides professional development to educators with a focus... more »
  • sLocal app allows users discounts while giving back to schools Play Video

    November 25, 2016 8:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE – sLocal, an app dedicated to giving money back to education, launched in Baton Rouge just three weeks ago and the team hopes it will benefit several schools locally, statewide and even nationally. The sLocal app, with more than two years of development, allows businesses to sign... more »
  • State planning financial cuts to higher education, health care Play Video

    November 18, 2016 6:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The state is currently $300,000 million short and in order to fill the gap, the governor's office is proposing big cuts and, once again, higher education and health care may not be spared. Students at LSU are worried. "It will be more difficult to get... more »
  • State: School evaluation tools needs improvement

    November 17, 2016 9:55 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana education officials say the latest performance scores for public schools and public school districts show improvements in "nearly every measure of academic progress." However, the state Education Department says in a Thursday news release that the school performance grading system needs improvement. It says, for instance,... more »
  • Governor vows to protect, restore TOPS funding

    November 15, 2016 2:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor John Bel Edwards vowed not to cut additional funding from the TOPS program Tuesday. Recently, students and parents were reminded that the scholarship program will fund a little less than 42% of second semester tuition. Lawmakers significantly reduced the amount of money for the program... more »
  • Education leaders look for alternative to failed amendment Play Video

    November 9, 2016 11:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana higher education leaders wanted the right to raise tuition on their own, instead of going through the state legislature. In Tuesday's election, voters said no. Many students said they were glad it failed, but higher education leaders say a big problem has been left unresolved. "We're... more »
  • Pointe Coupee residents learn more about possible government change Play Video

    October 26, 2016 9:49 PM

    POINTE COUPEE - A change in government could be coming, as voters decide whether to keep their police jury or switch to a parish council. In a packed meeting, residents listened to arguments on both sides of the coin, before they get a chance to vote on the Novermber 8... more »
  • Parents believe Central's top-rated schools are too strict on residency following flood Play Video

    October 25, 2016 10:41 PM

    CENTRAL - Parents of some Central Community School System students are frustrated with the strict school board, expressing how difficult it’s been to abide by the residency rules when they’ve recently flooded. Jessica Vandermark, a parent of two Central students, said after her flooded and relocated for weeks. ... more »
  • Springfield HS reopens after flood Play Video

    October 3, 2016 7:20 PM

    SPRINGFIELD - Students returned to Springfield High School Monday for the first time since the August flood. "It's not complete, like I said we got a lot of boxes laying around, we got some classrooms without doors on them some... but we're at home cause we're here," principal Spencer... more »
  • $67M teacher training grant awarded to La. education dept.

    September 30, 2016 5:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's education department is getting a nearly $67 million grant over five years to strengthen teacher training in rural school systems. The Teacher Incentive Fund money will be spent across 137 schools in 16 rural school districts, aimed at helping to offer more training opportunities and to... more »
  • Damages to schools in EBR likely to exceed $10 million Play Video

    September 20, 2016 6:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Flood damage sustained by East Baton Rouge Parish schools is expected to exceed the district's multi-million dollar insurance policy but officials, right now, are more focused on getting flooded campuses up and running again than the price tag of destruction. At Glen Oaks High School Tuesday,... more »
  • LSU President shares bond with LSU Football season opener site Play Video

    September 1, 2016 11:43 PM

    MADISON - For many Tiger fans, LSU's match against Wisconsin signifies the start of the season. For LSU President and Chancellor F. King Alexander, it means a lot more. Alexander, a University of Wisconsin graduate, returned to his alma mater this week to watch his team in the first... more »
  • EBR Schools won't reopen until after Labor Day

    August 22, 2016 7:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Parish School System pushed the return of school back to September 6th, the district announced Monday. Originally, officials hoped to open schools this week but decided the stress on the system was too great. Numerous campuses were flooded and school buses took... more »
  • Ascension school officials hope for Wednesday re-opening

    August 19, 2016 2:43 PM

    DONALDSONVILLE - Some schools in Ascension Parish could open as early as Wednesday, the school system said Friday. All campuses will be closed to students on Monday and Tuesday but twelve month employees are asked to report to work. Staff members will help work with administrators to get schools... more »
  • Federal grant could bring millions to North Baton Rouge

    August 9, 2016 12:20 AM

    SCOTLANDVILLE- Scotlandville residents learned about a grant that could bring millions to the area at a community meeting Monday evening. Community members came together at the Jewel J. Newman Community Center to discuss the $30 million grant from the federal government aimed to support under served communities. The grant... more »
  • Study: Louisiana has worst school system in America

    August 1, 2016 3:43 PM

    In light of back-to-school season, the personal-finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2016's States with the Best & Worst School Systems. In order to identify the best school systems in America, WalletHub ’s analysts compared the quality of education in the 50 states and the District of... more »
  • Feds consider whether to shut for-profit college watchdog

    June 11, 2016 3:46 PM

    BOSTON - Federal education officials are deciding whether to shut down the nation's biggest accreditor of for-profit colleges over allegations it overlooked deception by some of its schools. The Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges is meant to be a watchdog for hundreds of for-profit colleges. Its seal of approval allows... more »
  • Caddo Parish School Board approves virtual high school

    June 8, 2016 9:07 AM

    SHREVEPORT - A new virtual academy is coming to northwest Louisiana. The Times reports the Caddo Parish School Board unanimously voted to create a virtual high school at a special session Tuesday. According to board documents, the public high school would open this upcoming school year with an enrollment ranging... more »
  • School board to revisit Lee HS naming issue later Play Video

    June 2, 2016 10:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE - An East Baton Rouge Parish School Board committee decided not to pursue renaming Lee High School Thursday night. The issue was first reported by WBRZ and WBRZ.com earlier in the week when the school board agenda was released. At a separate meeting Tuesday, a committee... more »
  • Two dead in California campus shooting Wednesday

    June 1, 2016 1:53 PM

    LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles Police Chief says the UCLA shooting was a murder-suicide and the campus is now safe. A LAPD statement says the two people who are dead were both male, but provides no other identification. Police reported an hour after the shooting that two... more »
  • Rally planned at school board office over graduation ban

    May 21, 2016 6:12 PM

    AMITE - The Tangipahoa Parish NAACP said it will participate in a rally Monday with friends and relatives of a high school valedictorian who was not allowed to walk across the stage last week because he had facial hair. WBRZ and WBRZ.com first reported about Andrew Jones Thursday .... more »
  • Bizarre case of missing documents, fraudulent activities at area school

    May 19, 2016 7:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Parish School System said a letter parents of students at Glasgow Middle received warning of stolen files containing private information was fraudulent but admitted there was a problem with a small number of paper student records last year. The letter, obtained by the... more »
  • Charter school restriction headed to House floor for debate

    May 18, 2016 8:29 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards' effort to remove an unused method for creating charter schools has passed its first hurdle in the House, after earlier winning Senate support. The House Education Committee voted 7-5 Tuesday to advance the bill to the House floor for debate, after previously rejecting... more »
  • Incredible video shows school bus engulfed in flames, no injuries reported

    May 10, 2016 3:55 PM

    LAFAYETTE - Incredible video shows a raging school bus fire on the side of I-10 where, luckily, everyone escaped. The bus burst into flames near the I-10/I-49 interchange in Lafayette Parish. KATC TV , the ABC affiliate in the area, reported thirty children from an elementary school were headed... more »

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