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  • Board approves putting old school building up for sale

    October 6, 2015 10:05 PM

    CLINTON - The East Feliciana Parish School Board voted to move forward with a plan to sell a 77-year-old school building. Tuesday, the board approved having the building appraised. After an appraisal, the school building will be put on the market. Board members said the building, called the... more »
  • Parents warned truant kids could lead to jail Play Video

    October 6, 2015 12:17 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Truancy officials will start warning parents about children missing too many school days. Monday, the sheriff's office truancy division announced parents and guardians of students who have missed at least ten days of school will need to meet with a truancy officer. Parents who ignore the... more »
  • Students learn about digital and broadcast media

    October 2, 2015 11:51 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Students at Galvez Middle School learned from WBRZ chief investigator Chris Nakamoto and sports anchor Chris Price about how the news industry works Friday morning. Nakamoto and Price told the students about what it's like gathering news, filming and editing stories, and putting them online as... more »
  • Education Secretary Arne Duncan stepping down

    October 2, 2015 11:23 AM

    WASHINGTON - Education Secretary Arne Duncan is stepping down in December after 7 years in the Obama administration. Duncan says in a letter to staff that he's returning to Chicago to live with his family. The letter was obtained by The Associated Press and confirmed by a White House official.... more »
  • Breakfast with 2une In: Boys Hope Girls Hope Bowl for Hope check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    October 2, 2015 11:21 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Boys Hope Girls Hope is a non-profit organization that helps academically motivated children-in-need reach their peak learning potential. The organization provides kids with options they may not otherwise have, like value-centered homes and great educational opportunities. The Bowl for Hope event is the group's annual Fall fundraiser to... more »
  • Board hopes to open Istrouma High next school year

    October 1, 2015 10:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Members of the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board discussed the first steps to returning students to Istrouma High School Thursday night. At a committee meeting among board members, the group approved regaining control of the facility from the Recovery School Board. The RSD, a state-run... more »
  • Groundbreaking for freshmen academy at E. Ascension HS check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 23, 2015 6:46 PM

    GONZALES - School officials and area leaders broke ground for East Ascension High School's new freshmen academy. "We have to deal with two things, one we want a great facility that our students can learn and grow in, and we also have an issue with overcrowding in our schools,"... more »
  • Principal tells stick story after being fired for breaking up fight check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 17, 2015 11:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A former professional athlete turned educator believes he was hung out to dry after he was recorded on a cell phone camera using what he described as a walking stick to break up a fight. Calvin Nicholas was the principal at Scotlandville High School until, he... more »
  • GPA requirement approved for new Lee High School

    September 17, 2015 9:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A committee of the whole East Baton Rouge Parish School Board approved setting a minimum GPA for entrance into the new Lee High School magnet program. The vote Thursday night was rendered by the entire school board, but since it was meeting in committee fashion, the... more »
  • New Lee High School could get GPA requirement check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 16, 2015 6:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Prospective students of Lee High School may have a tougher time getting accepted into the newly-built magnet school. The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board may require students to have at least a 2.5 grade point average during the past two years. It is something the... more »
  • Federal judge rules against Jindal on Common Core

    September 16, 2015 1:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A federal judge in Baton Rouge ruled Wednesday against Governor Bobby Jindal's attempts to block Common Core, saying it is not a curriculum and does not interfere with a state's right to handle education. Jindal filed the lawsuit last year in the run-up to his presidential... more »
  • Grants to help Louisiana schools educate disabled students

    September 10, 2015 8:58 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana's Department of Education is seeking applications from school districts and charter schools seeking a share of $4 million in grants aimed at improving graduation rates for students with disabilities. In a Wednesday news release, the department says the federal money is available for districts and charter schools... more »
  • Louisiana Youth Challenge Program check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 8, 2015 11:11 AM

    Baton Rouge- The Louisiana Youth Challenge Program (YCP) is an educational program that give young adults the chance to change their future. It provides an alternative path to graduation for students 16-18 years old. The program caters to students who struggle to make good grades in school and are looking... more »
  • Candidates, protesters show up for qualifications

    September 8, 2015 8:56 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Candidates, their family members, and a few protesters showed up to the Secretary of State's office Tuesday as qualifications for the fall elections began. The top races in Louisiana include the governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, treasurer and insurance commissioner. Candidates for the eight Board of... more »
  • School district doesn't comment on video but says principal on leave check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 1, 2015 10:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A teacher at Scotlandville High sent a video clip to WBRZ Tuesday afternoon of what the employee, who asked that their identity not be released, said was an administrator at the school using a stick to hit a student while trying to break up a fight. A... more »
  • Cooking In Central 2015 check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    August 31, 2015 9:12 AM

    CENTRAL- Cooking In Central is a giant tailgate that combines a passion for education with people's love for LSU football. The event helps raise money for the Central Community School System. In 2008 organizers decided to put the Cooking In Central proceeds toward schools in the city. Over the... more »
  • School roof repair finished under the wire check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    August 24, 2015 5:35 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - The Livingston Parish School System used a loophole to get emergency repairs done to fix a roof on the cafeteria at Gray's Creek Elementary School. The school board suspended the public bid law to get $200,000 worth of repairs done before school started. Every summer the... more »
  • Gun at school in Ascension, third incident in third parish

    August 20, 2015 8:54 PM

    DUTCHTOWN - Ascension Parish Sheriff's deputies said a student was put into juvenile detention Thursday, a day after taking a gun to their high school. A sheriff's office spokesperson said an anonymous tip was made to a crime hotline, reporting a student brought a gun to Dutchtown High School... more »
  • Chemical spill at school not serious, authorities report

    August 18, 2015 4:21 PM

    GONZALES - A fury of activity surrounded a high school here Tuesday afternoon after a shelving mishap. Numerous first responders responded to Ascension Christian for a possible hazardous materials situation. Dispatchers alerted an ambulance, firefighters and sheriff's deputies that a shelf collapsed spilling chemicals on a teacher. There... more »
  • Iberville school board approves school choice policy

    August 11, 2015 8:16 AM

    PLAQUEMINE- The Iberville Parish School Board has approved the district's school choice policy, which sets the standards by which students enrolled in Iberville schools with poor academic performance can transfer to better schools within the parish. The board's 8-1 vote Monday night comes a year after Legislature mandated local districts... more »
  • Louisiana Common Core review only draws comments from 723 people

    August 11, 2015 7:53 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Despite controversy about Louisiana's use of the Common Core education standards, only a few hundred people have submitted comments for a public review process of the English and math benchmarks. The Department of Education said Monday that during the first month of an ongoing comment period, 723 individuals... more »
  • Land donated to use for new school in Denham Springs

    August 6, 2015 11:23 PM

    LIVINGSTON - The parish school board accepted a donation of 16-acres of land to be used as a future elementary or middle school campus at its meeting Thursday night. The property was donated by Lee Foster, a district spokesperson said in a news release. The property is in the... more »
  • Board pushes forward lower GPA for after-school activities

    August 6, 2015 10:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The school board seems to be on board with the new superintendent's plan to lower the GPA requirement for extracurricular activities for students in East Baton Rouge Parish public schools. A board committee - that's also made up of the entire school board - approved the... more »
  • Often problematic transfer site will have large security force this school year

    August 5, 2015 10:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - School leaders here hope to combat any problems at an often problematic bus stop before they begin by posting numerous security officers there as school starts Thursday. Parents have complained about issues at the transfer site, at Choctaw and North Sherwood Forest, for years. The East... more »
  • More 'Advance Placement' students, more qualifying scores

    August 5, 2015 3:24 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana education officials say the number of high school students in the state taking tough Advanced Placement tests increased this year - and the percentage earning scores that qualify for college credit is up, as well. The education department says the number of AP tests taken... more »
  • EBR schools could lower GPA requirements Play Video

    August 4, 2015 5:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Students in East Baton Rouge Parish could have an easier time making the grades to participate in after school activities. Newly appointed Superintendent Warren Drake wants to lower the required grade point average from a 2.0 to a 1.5 to give more kids a chance to participate.... more »
  • 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 »

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