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  • Obama administration wants to give prisoners Pell grants

    July 28, 2015 3:02 PM

    WASHINGTON - Education Secretary Arne Duncan says the Obama administration wants to expand the Pell grant program to prisoners. He and Attorney General Loretta Lynch will visit the Maryland Correctional Institution in Jessup, Maryland, on Friday to announce the plans. In a speech Monday, Duncan said the administration wants to... more »
  • After complaints over heat, all students can wear shorts to school

    July 27, 2015 5:50 PM

    AMITE - As promised last week, public school leaders announced a uniform policy change because of concerns the temperature will be too hot to handle when school starts next week. Mark Kolwe, the Tangipahoa Parish Schools superintendent, said all students will be able to wear shorts. Previously, only kids... more »
  • Not this year, but board to talk about heat and school start dates

    July 21, 2015 10:42 PM

    AMITE - The start of school will not change for students in Tangipahoa Parish, despite pleas from some parents to delay the first day of classes because of the heat. A group created a Change.org petition, then presented their concerns and the petition - with thousands of signatures -... more »
  • Parents say it's too hot to start school in August

    July 21, 2015 12:54 AM

    AMITE - Parents will ask the public school system in Tangipahoa Parish to delay the start of the school year over heat concerns. "School is starting tin two weeks and this week, you looked up 'ten day forecast,' and it's still high temperatures with the kids going to school,"... more »
  • Louisiana Tech to end fee paid only by female students

    July 17, 2015 11:11 AM

    RUSTON - Louisiana Tech University will discontinue a fee paid only by full-time, female students that caused a student to file a Title IX complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Department of Education. Dave Guerin, executive director of university communications, says the university will restructure its fees.... more »
  • Higher numbers of La. students reach college-ready ACT score

    July 16, 2015 12:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's education department says the number of public high school seniors who scored well enough on the ACT standardized test to enter college without remedial work continues to grow. The department released updated data Thursday. Of the latest group of graduating seniors, 24,619 students earned an ACT... more »
  • WBRZ's Unstuff the Bus check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    July 16, 2015 9:32 AM

    BATON ROUGE- WBRZ wants to thank everyone who participated in our annual Stuff the Bus Supply Drive! Thanks to your generosity we were able to fill five school buses with almost $40,000 in school supplies. This morning, News 2's Rebecca Buchanan was at Capitol Elementary helping volunteers sift through the... more »
  • Senate clears way for final vote on No Child rewrite

    July 15, 2015 1:33 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Senate has cleared the way for a vote by Thursday on a bipartisan bill to rewrite the Bush-era No Child Left Behind education law. Lawmakers have been considering the bill since last week. They voted Wednesday to limit additional debate on further changes to the legislation and... more »
  • WBRZ's Stuff the Bus Supply Drive check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    July 15, 2015 10:11 AM

    BATON ROUGE- WBRZ is stuffing the bus! Today we're collecting school supplies for our annual Stuff the Bus campaign. This year we are helping students in both East and West Baton Rouge Parish. We have two locations collecting school supplies: 1. Walmart on College Drive in Baton Rouge (3132... more »
  • Iberville school board denies request for charter school

    July 14, 2015 11:13 AM

    ST. GABRIEL - After the Iberville Parish School Board denied its application to open a charter school, the group of North Iberville parents and community leaders pushing for the school will now have to appeal to the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. The Advocate reports the board's unanimous... more »
  • Breakfast with 2une In: Cecil J. Picard Educator Excellence Symposium Play Video

    July 10, 2015 10:46 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The state will be celebrating some of the best educators in the state this weekend in Baton Rouge. Hundreds of principals and teachers will gather to honor the "Superintendent of the Year," "Principal of the Year" and the "Teacher of the Year." The Louisiana Department of Education... more »
  • Lafayette considering common grading system for high schools

    July 10, 2015 7:17 AM

    LAFAYETTE- Lafayette Parish School System educators are working out a common grading system for high schools as part of a review of the parish's pupil progression plan. The school system's new chief academic officer, Annette Samec, informed school board members of the potential common grading system during Wednesday's board meeting.... more »
  • Expulsions for uniform violations barred for young students

    June 30, 2015 7:52 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana's public schools are prohibited from suspending or expelling elementary school students for violating school uniform rules. Gov. Bobby Jindal's office announced Monday that the Republican governor had signed into law the bill by Sen. Sharon Weston Broome, a Baton Rouge Democrat. The prohibition covers students in preschool... more »
  • Layoffs begin in Baker school district

    June 24, 2015 7:56 AM

    BAKER- Superintendent Herman Brister says some teachers and staff have already been laid off as part of a plan to save the Baker School District $1.2 million. Brister, who replaced outgoing superintendent Ulysses Joseph on May 28, could not confirm how many employees of the Baker School District have received... more »
  • Some Louisiana universities to test new admission standards

    June 18, 2015 7:46 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The state Board of Regents has agreed to test new admissions standards for some of Louisiana's universities. Under the new policy, four-year regional institutions will be able to admit students who require a developmental, or remedial course. Currently, a student who scores on the ACT below an 18... more »
  • New junior high school coming to Livingston Parish Play Video

    June 17, 2015 5:24 PM

    WATSON - The Livingston Parish School Board will open bids Thursday on a $4 million project to create a new school in the Watson area. The new Live Oak Junior High will take over the old, run down high school location in the Live Oak community. The new junior... more »
  • Superintendent: Major changes coming to Baker schools

    June 17, 2015 11:16 AM

    BAKER - Incoming Superintendent Herman Brister Sr. says laying off some non-tenured teachers is part of a plan to save $1.2 million for the Baker School District. Brister released his plan at Tuesday night's school board meeting. He says his goal is to present a balanced budget. Brister says some... more »
  • 4 South Louisiana organizations get New Markets Tax Credits

    June 17, 2015 7:22 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Four South Louisiana organizations have received a total of $220 million in federal New Markets Tax Credits, which they plan to invest in small businesses that create quality jobs and in projects that offer education and health care to poor people. AMCREF Community Capital, Capital One Community... more »
  • Ascension schools spending big for upgrades

    June 16, 2015 11:12 PM

    GONZALES - The Ascension Parish School Board decided to spend nearly $2 million to upgrade three schools over the summer. The school system will build an addition to the gymnasium at Donaldsonville High School, add five new classrooms at Galvez Middle School and upgrade utilities at St. Amant High... more »
  • BRCC losing president to Memphis college

    June 11, 2015 9:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge Community College leaders will have to selected a new president since Andrea Lewis Miller is leaving the college. Miller is taking the open president position at her Alma mater, LeMoyne-Owen College in Memphis. Miller's decision to leave Baton Rouge was confirmed by WBRZ News... more »
  • Dolores Spikes memorial service set for today

    June 9, 2015 9:04 AM

    BATON ROUGE- A memorial service for former Southern University system president, Dr. Dolores Spikes, will be held today in Baton Rouge. Spikes was the first woman in the United States to head a university system. She passed away last week. A memorial service will be held tonight at... more »
  • SU announces three finalists for chancellor-president post

    May 28, 2015 11:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The search committee overseeing the process of selecting the new chancellor-president of both Southern University in Baton Rouge and the Southern University System announced finalists for the combined position Thursday evening. System President Ronald Mason's contract expires June 30, and the Baton Rouge campus has been... more »
  • $3.7B school funding formula wins unanimous support in House

    May 28, 2015 12:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers in the Louisiana House have backed a nearly $3.7 billion financing formula for public schools that would boost funding $85 million next year. Nearly half of the increase - about $41 million - is because more students are expected to attend public schools in the upcoming... more »
  • House backs Common Core compromise as Jindal gets on board

    May 27, 2015 5:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana House has agreed to the main planks of a Common Core compromise, appearing to quiet the controversy over the education standards for the legislative session. Near-unanimous votes Wednesday for the two bills came as Gov. Bobby Jindal announced his support for the deal. One bill... more »
  • In unanimous vote, Baker selects Brister for superintendent

    May 26, 2015 8:43 PM

    BAKER - In a unanimous decision, the City of Baker School Board hired Herman Brister as its next superintendent. Brister is currently the Associate Superintendent for Instructional Support Services for the East Baton Rouge Parish School System. The Baker board made its decision to hire him away from the... more »
  • Teacher registers as sex offender after getting plea deal Play Video

    May 18, 2015 11:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A teacher took a plea deal that keeps her from going to jail, but requires she register as a sex offender following her arrest for having sex with a student earlier this school year. According to a sex offender database, Ashley Dowden registered Friday. Court documents... more »
  • Baton Rouge summer programs Play Video

    May 18, 2015 9:18 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Studies show students experience learning losses when they don't engage in educational activities during the summer. Without those activities, students can fall behind by up to two months in subjects like math, reading, and spelling. Now, groups like Big Buddy are working to keep that from happening,... more »
  • Too many As leads to GPA snafu Play Video

    May 15, 2015 11:31 PM

    LIVONIA - Slight disgruntlement overshadowed Friday's graduation ceremony somewhat after the school decided to make two students valedictorians. The students, both girls, had a GPA difference of .0083%. At first, Rekeya Blackmore thought she had earned the title of top of her class. But, this week, she learned that... more »
  • East Baton Rouge: Beyond Bricks Play Video

    May 15, 2015 9:13 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Community leaders are continuing their efforts to breathe new life into the public school system. The group, Beyond Bricks, spent months researching what the community wants and needs from their public schools. Now, they're sharing what they've found in an attempt to help move the system forward. ... more »
  • Livingston Parish school expanding cafeteria, classrooms Play Video

    May 14, 2015 6:18 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - Bids opened Thursday on the expansion of an elementary school in Livingston Parish. Southside Elementary School in Denham Springs will get an additional building on its campus that will bring in a new cafeteria and five new classrooms. The school's current cafeteria will be transformed into... more »
  • Baker selects EBR administrator as lone candidate for superintendent

    May 14, 2015 12:39 AM

    BAKER - Herman Brister, Sr., emerged as the lone candidate selected by the school board to be the next superintendent of schools Wednesday night. Dr. Brister is the current Associate Superintendent for Instructional Support Services at the East Baton Rouge Parish School System. The decision to select him as... more »
  • Compromise bill wins support in Common Core debate Play Video

    May 13, 2015 11:43 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A compromise bill is winning support from key players in the Common Core education debate Wednesday at the Louisiana Legislature. Rep. Lance Harris dropped his anti-Common Core bill in favor of the compromise legislation from Rep. Brett Geymann, which would create a process to give the... more »
  • Cloaked in white, alumni show support for final Redemptorist class

    May 8, 2015 11:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Alumni of Redemptorist High School wore white and escorted the final graduating class to their ceremony Friday night. The school will close at the end of the year. The diocese said there is not enough students to support the junior and senior schools. Alumni in attendance... more »
  • Power restored to schools, all EBR public students return Thursday

    April 29, 2015 10:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - All East Baton Rouge Parish Public School System campuses will open for class Thursday. A spokesperson for the district said power was restored to all campuses Wednesday, allowing administrators to ready buildings for students Thursday. All students should report to their regularly scheduled classes Thursday morning.... more »
  • Power cancels classes at some EBR schools again Wednesday

    April 28, 2015 11:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Prolonged power outages will keep nine East Baton Rouge Parish public schools closed Wednesday. The school system announced late Tuesday that Belfair Elementary, Buchanan Elementary, Westminister Elementary, Keel Center, McKinley High, Southdowns, Glasgow Middle, and Melrose Elementary will not open Wednesday for classes. All other... more »
  • Since all schools have power, classes resume in Iberville Wednesday

    April 28, 2015 10:04 PM

    PLAQUEMINE - Students in Iberville Parish will return to school as scheduled Wednesday. The superintendent said Tuesday, all facilities had power restored and classes would resume. Some schools were closed Tuesday because power was out following a day of severe weather. As of this post, only about 1500... more »
  • At the Capitol: Representative Patricia Smith Play Video

    April 22, 2015 9:16 AM

    BATON ROUGE- State Representative Pat Smith from the 67th district stopped by 2une In this morning to give us an update on what's been going on during the current legislative session. "We've got to make sure that our folks have a quality of life," said Smith. "That includes not... more »
  • East Feliciana School Board chooses new superintendent

    April 22, 2015 8:33 AM

    CLINTON- The East Feliciana Parish School Board has voted to offer a contract as superintendent to Carlos J. Sam, an associate superintendent in the East Baton Rouge Parish school system. Sam, also a finalist for superintendent of Lafayette Parish schools, tells The Advocate he would withdraw from the scheduled Wednesday... more »
  • Southern University at the Capitol Play Video

    April 22, 2015 7:24 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Today at the Capitol talks will continue about the budget and potential cuts to higher education. Lawmakers will talk about allowing state colleges and universities to set their own tuition, and possibly changing the eligibility requirements for TOPS scholarships. All of these proposals have the same goal in... more »
  • Diocese to sell items from shuttered high school in online auction

    April 21, 2015 10:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Diocese of Baton Rouge will not change its decision about closing Redemptorist High School, but will sell school memorabilia as a fundraiser for scholarships. The diocese announced the details of the fundraiser by sharing an article in a recent Catholic Commentator that outlines the plan.... more »
  • $56 million in budget gaps estimated for this year

    April 16, 2015 8:09 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - As if lawmakers didn't have enough budget worries with next year's $1.6 billion shortfall, state senators learned this year's budget is short an estimated $56 million. Sherry Phillips-Hymel, the Senate's chief budget analyst, gave the Senate Finance Committee a list Wednesday of outstanding financial gaps... more »
  • Livingston schools getting word out for tax renewal Play Video

    April 15, 2015 4:44 PM

    LIVINGSTON - Livingston Parish Public Schools plan to be proactive to get voters to approve a tax renewal set for the May 2 ballot. Schools in the parish will send students home with fliers to get parents to vote for the tax. The school system will also make phone... more »
  • Public talks budget at the Capitol

    April 15, 2015 8:06 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Discussions on the budget will continue at the capitol today as day three of the legislative session gets underway. Several education items are also on the senate committee's agenda. Yesterday, the public got a chance to weigh in on the current financial fiasco that's facing the state.... more »
  • Livingston hopes to sway voters to approve school tax renewal

    April 14, 2015 8:48 PM

    LIVINGSTON - The school district is hoping to convince voters to renew a tax that has been on the books for sixty years. The district begged voters in a press release Tuesday, to renew the tax that funds maintenance projects for "every school building in the school district." ... more »
  • White says Jindal budget guts student testing

    April 7, 2015 3:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's education superintendent asked lawmakers to add money to his budget for standardized testing next year. Superintendent John White says Gov. Bobby Jindal's proposal to strip $23 million from his agency's main office operations would damage the state's ability to measure student performance. White told the House... more »
  • Despite pleas, board votes to close charter school

    April 2, 2015 10:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The school board voted to revoke the charter of the Career Academy. The school has been plagued with failing school performance grades each year it has been open. Supporters argued the school, geared toward teaching students an nontraditional path to the job market through certification in... more »
  • Board picks Warren Drake as new EBR Schools Superintendent Play Video

    April 2, 2015 5:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge School Board tapped former Zachary superintendent Warran Drake Thursday night to lead the parish's school system. The board voted unanimously for Drake, who was picked over other finalist Charles Michel, the director of special education for Lafourche Parish Schools. Drake worked... more »
  • Cool Schools: Cedarcrest-Southmoor Elementary Play Video

    March 31, 2015 8:40 AM

    BATON ROUGE- At Cedarcrest-Southmoor elementary school students are able to dance, sing, and learn...all at the same time! "Go Noodle" is a program that's offered to schools in East Baton Rouge parish for free by Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hospital. "It's something they look forward to,"... more »
  • Illness outbreak cancels school for early spring break

    March 30, 2015 10:17 PM

    CLINTON - Classes were canceled for the next two days, effectively starting spring break earlier than usual for students at Silliman Institute. As many as 18 students are exhibiting symptoms of diarrhea and vomiting and could have E. coli. This weekend , state health leaders said at least one... more »
  • Baker's superintendent plans retirement

    March 30, 2015 5:40 PM

    BAKER - The community school system here will be searching for a new leader. Two agenda items deal with the retirement of current superintendent Ulysses Joseph. Joseph is anticipating retiring on May 28. Joseph has been superintendent since January 2011. The board will meet in a special meeting... more »
  • Study criticizes Louisiana's preschool grading method

    March 30, 2015 4:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Two education groups say Louisiana's planned method for grading its preschool programs has "serious flaws." A study by the groups says the proposed grading plan fails to detail how programs can be improved, relies too heavily on a single grade to judge quality and lacks guarantees needed... more »
  • DHH investigating illness outbreak at school, possibly E. coli

    March 27, 2015 11:03 PM

    CLINTON - Silliman canceled school Friday and it was still unclear as to if school will resume Monday after an outbreak of an illness this week. The Department of Health and Hospitals told WBRZ as many as 18 students are exhibiting symptoms of diarrhea and vomiting. The department is... more »
  • Central HS apologizes for bizarre cloak incident Play Video

    March 27, 2015 10:33 PM

    CENTRAL - A high school student at the city's public school was disciplined after appearing in a white cloak and making gun-like gestures during a baseball game. The incident happened Thursday when Central played Scotlandville High. Friday, the school district confirmed there were reports of the antics filed by... more »
  • LSU president issues dire warning about cuts Play Video

    March 23, 2015 12:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE - LSU President F. King Alexander painted a grim picture at the Baton Rouge Press Club as he described what the worst-case budget scenario for higher education looked like. He said under the proposed budget LSU is facing an 70 percent cut, a reduction from $110 million... more »
  • Schools nationwide struggle with substitute teacher shortage

    March 20, 2015 1:57 AM

    SOUTH BEND, IN - A shortage of substitute teachers nationwide has school districts scrambling to fill positions, with some raising pay as they try to attract more applicants as the economy improves. School officials say the problem has forced schools to divide classes when teachers are absent, making it more... more »
  • A split on whether La. heading in right or wrong direction

    March 19, 2015 2:43 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - An annual poll by the LSU Public Policy Research Lab indicates residents are evenly divided over whether Louisiana is headed in the right or wrong direction, with 44 percent saying "right" and 45 percent saying "wrong." An analysis accompanying Thursday's poll release says the numbers reflect an... more »
  • Warren Drake could be next EBR Schools superintendent

    March 18, 2015 10:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board selected former Zachary schools superintendent Warren Drake as its lone finalist for its open superintendent position. Drake, who advances to a series of parent meetings and a school board vote, was chosen out of a pool of ten. ... more »
  • Report: Blacks, Hispanics doing better but lag behind whites

    March 18, 2015 4:52 PM

    WASHINGTON - A new report says African Americans and Hispanics have improved health care and are less frequently victims of violent crimes this year than last. But the State of Black America report also shows that these minorities still lag behind whites when it comes to most areas of social... more »
  • Jindal proposes bills to fight Common Core Play Video

    March 18, 2015 1:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal proposed a trio of bills Wednesday which would strip the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education of some authority to handle the state's education and shift them to the Legislature, the latest step in his efforts to end Louisiana's involvement with the Common Core... more »
  • Central parents asked to reconsider opting kids out of PARCC tests

    March 13, 2015 10:49 PM

    CENTRAL - Parents received an automated phone call from the superintendent of the city's school system, asking them to reconsider opting kids out of controversial PARCC tests. The tests, affiliated with the Common Core teaching methods, begin next week. Parents have removed kids from the tests in protest of... more »
  • 10 apply for EBR superintendent post

    March 13, 2015 2:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Ten people submitted their applications by Friday's deadline to be the next superintendent for the East Baton Rouge Parish School System. The applicants are vying to replace Superintendent Bernard Taylor, whose contract ends this summer. Taylor and the system school board were often at odds with... more »
  • Anti-Common Core activist claims Arabs influenced it Play Video

    March 5, 2015 12:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Anti-Common Core activists attending a Board of Elementary and Secondary Education meeting Thursday made outlandish claims about the standards, with one saying they were opposed due to believed "Muslim bias" in textbooks associated with assessment tests connected to the standards. Common Core and its assessment exam,... more »
  • Teacher accused in student sex case bonds out of jail

    February 25, 2015 12:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE - An East Baton Rouge Parish School System band instructor bailed out of jail a month after he was booked on forcible rape and prohibited sexual conduct between an educator and a student charges. Robert M. Lewis, 30, was fired the day after he was arrested. Lewis... more »
  • 3 of 4 candidates for governor bash Common Core in debate

    February 24, 2015 1:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Three out of the four contenders to be the state's next governor attacked Louisiana's use of Common Core academic standards in a gubernatorial debate Tuesday morning. The two-hour forum, held in Shreveport, saw comment from David Vitter, John Edwards and Scott Angelle concerning the divisive, multistate... more »
  • Cool Schools: CHANGE at Donaldsonville High Play Video

    February 24, 2015 7:22 AM

    DONALDSONVILLE - If you watched the Oscars Sunday night, you noticed plenty of political messages, including discrimination, bullying and violence. That same conversation is taking place everyday in an English class at Donaldsonville High School in Ascension Parish. "CHANGE" is an acronym symbolic of Donaldsonville High students. It stands... more »
  • East Feliciana closes school Tuesday Play Video

    February 23, 2015 8:26 PM

    CLINTON - School officials said they were closing public schools over concerns with forecast winter weather Tuesday. East Feliciana Parish Public Schools will be closed Tuesday, February 24. The closure was also for parish school offices. Staff and students are told to stay home. The parish is under... more »
  • LSU could cut 2,000 classes in fall Play Video

    February 23, 2015 6:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE- If Governor Jindal's proposed cuts to higher education go into affect, then LSU plans to lay off hundreds of instructors and cut 2,000 classes by next fall according to LSU System President King Alexander. The Jindal administration plans to reveal its budget plans Friday for the next... more »
  • Special ed overhaul still sparks controversy in state

    February 16, 2015 11:51 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Seven months after the Legislature overhauled the way special education students can earn a traditional high school diploma state leaders are still grappling with how to do so. The law was touted as a way to help some of the state's 83,000 students with disabilities, and start... more »
  • Mason: Southern can't survive proposed cuts Play Video

    February 13, 2015 12:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Southern University's system president said proposed cuts to their budget could break the SU System next year. Dr. Ronald Mason said Friday the Baton Rouge campus was already working on plans for a projected $8 million in cuts in next year's budget, only to find out... more »
  • Common Core testing on schedule, discuss opt out consequences Play Video

    February 12, 2015 6:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - As educators get ready to roll out the PARCC tests to students next month, school executives met to talk about what happens if parents opt their children out of taking them. State Superintendent John White says students will have to take the tests as federal law... more »
  • School board sets timetable for hiring new superintendent

    February 11, 2015 9:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE-The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board could name a replacement superintendent as early as April 2nd. The board met Wednesday and formed the groundwork for a search, which the board will spearhead. The school board does not plan to hire a firm to help find candidates. ... more »
  • Teacher evaluation system could change Play Video

    February 10, 2015 4:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Some teachers do not want student test scores weighing heavily on whether they keep their jobs. A 26-member legislative subcommittee met Tuesday to finalize recommendations to the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education on how to improve the evaluation system. Right now standardized test scores count... more »
  • College requirement nixed for New Orleans police recruits

    February 9, 2015 1:54 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - In a move to beef up police ranks, the chief of the troubled police department has done away with a requirement for recruits to have 60 hours of college education or two years of military experience. Police Superintendent Michael Harrison on Monday made his case before the... more »
  • Special ed overhaul triggers new arguments

    February 6, 2015 10:17 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A task force has voted to form yet another panel to try to resolve problems plaguing a state law aimed at making it easier for students with disabilities to get a high school diploma. Thursday's decision followed nearly four hours of often pointed exchanges on who bears... more »
  • Board starts work on replacing superintendent

    February 5, 2015 11:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Thursday, the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board formed a search committee to begin the process of replacing Superintendent Bernard Taylor. Taylor's contract is up this summer and it has already been agreed upon that he will leave. The board chose not to renew his contract... more »
  • Republicans, Democrats jockey on changing 'No Child Left Behind'

    February 5, 2015 2:37 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Outnumbered by Republicans, Democratic lawmakers are jockeying to get their views heard as Congress moves ahead with plans to change the much-maligned No Child Left Behind education law. House Democrats plan their own Capitol Hill forum on Thursday in protest of a Republican bill that would strip... more »
  • Election dates changed to fill state education board seat

    February 3, 2015 2:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Two days before the candidate sign-up period was set to start, Gov. Bobby Jindal changed the election date to fill a vacant Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education seat. Jindal moved the election for the District 4 seat representing 10 north Louisiana parishes from March 28 to... more »
  • Bakerfield Elementary eligible for state take over Play Video

    February 2, 2015 5:57 PM

    BAKER - Bakerfield Elementary school is eligible for takeover by the Recovery School District following four years of failing grades. The school has consistently achieved only an "F" rating with declining scores. Superintendent Ulysses Joseph said the Baker School District is in discussions with the RSD, but there... more »
  • Beyond Bricks EBR looks to recharge public schools Play Video

    January 28, 2015 6:57 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Education is a top priority this week with Catholic Schools Week and School Choice Week. Today, Beyond Bricks EBR will also begin a community conversation about public schools. The purpose of the program is to recharge the public school system and make it something to be... more »
  • School fires teacher in student sex case Play Video

    January 22, 2015 10:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE - School administrators fired a Scotlandville band instructor Friday who's accused of having sex with one of his students. Deputies charged Robert M. Lewis, 30, with forcible rape and prohibited sexual conduct between an educator and a student Thursday night. Lewis has been on paid leave since... more »
  • Senate committee to examine testing in schools

    January 21, 2015 2:49 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Republican-controlled Senate education panel is beginning its revision of the landmark No Child Left Behind education law. It's focusing first on the thorny issue of federally mandated testing of America's schoolchildren. The law mandated that states annually test in reading and math for grades three to... more »
  • East Feliciana superintendent gets top job in Orleans Parish

    January 21, 2015 12:13 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - East Feliciana School System superintendent Henderson Lewis was named the new superintendent of the Orleans Parish School Board Tuesday night. Lewis' hiring comes more than two years after the process started. Lewis, 40, is also a member of the St. Bernard Parish School Board. ... more »
  • Feds warn La law might set HS grad bar too low for disabled

    January 19, 2015 6:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Federal officials have renewed warnings that a state law to help special education students may violate federal laws. A letter sent last week says authorities are worried the law will illegally set standards too low for disabled students. The law lets teachers and parents put together alternative... more »
  • BESE delays action on teacher retirement study

    January 14, 2015 2:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - In a turnaround, the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has delayed action on a study of Louisiana's $12 billion teachers' retirement debt. A $143,000 study to do the review cleared a BESE committee Tuesday 8-2. But final action was delayed Wednesday until the board's March... more »
  • Livingston Parish teachers aiming for engaging classes Play Video

    January 9, 2015 3:35 PM

    WALKER - After cracking the top 10 districts in education this school year, Livingston Parish Public Schools are looking for even more ways to get better. All middle school teachers in the parish met with some of the nation's top educators Friday. With each lecture the teachers learned how... more »
  • La. edges up, but still near bottom in education rankings

    January 8, 2015 2:28 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- Louisiana is still ranked near the bottom in the annual "Quality Counts" survey released by the publication Education Week. But the state did edge up from 49th last year to 44th in the latest rankings, which were released Thursday. The Quality Counts survey this year gives the state... more »
  • Jindal names new members to higher education boards

    January 7, 2015 5:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal has named a former LSU basketball star and a state senator's wife among four new appointees to the state's top higher education policy board. The governor's office announced Wednesday the newest Board of Regents members: -Claudia Adley, of Benton, vice president and co-owner of... more »

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