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  • 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 »
  • Edwards reaches education compromise after series of failures Play Video

    May 5, 2016 7:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE- School reform advocates, business groups and teacher unions all came to compromise Thursday at the state Capitol over teacher evaluations. The Senate Education Committee passed a bill that will slightly reduce the effect of student test scores on a teacher’s performance. Currently high test scores can earn teachers... more »
  • Louisiana's high school graduation rate continues to improve

    May 2, 2016 11:39 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana four-year high school graduation rate continues its upward trend, reaching 77.5 percent in 2015. The state education department says that's an all-time high and the fifth year the rate has improved. The education department says black students remain below the average, but their improvement outpaced... more »
  • Louisiana expected to tweak rules on training new teachers

    May 2, 2016 9:05 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana education officials are considering changing teacher licensing requirements, two years after the state implemented an experimental program aimed at shoring up new teachers' classroom skills. The program, dubbed Believe and Prepare, was launched in 2014 with five school districts, two charter school organizations and five "preparation... more »
  • Student hospitalized after fight at school Friday

    April 29, 2016 3:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A fight at a school required emergency personnel and police Friday afternoon. First responders were called to McKinley High School around 2:30 for a brawl involving students. The fight involved multiple people who were hurt, those who reported the incident advised authorities. Police cars and fire... more »
  • Career education making a comeback in US high schools

    April 27, 2016 3:47 PM

    ANTIOCH, Calif. - Decades after "shop class" became known as a lesser alternative for children deemed unfit for college, vocational education is making a comeback in American high schools. States such as California, Colorado, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New York, Ohio, and Tennessee are looking to rebranded "career pathways" as a way... more »
  • Livingston educators regrouping after new taxes fail

    April 11, 2016 5:57 PM

    LIVINGSTON - Livingston Parish educators are regrouping after two, new tax proposals failed Saturday in Albany and Springfield. Livingston Parish Public Schools Superintendent John Watson says he respects the wishes of the voters. Watson says passing two new taxes was tough to sell to voters, but it still comes as... more »
  • EBR Head Start Program to hold Recruitment Fun Day Play Video

    April 8, 2016 4:28 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Now is the time to sign your children up for the 2016-2017 East Baton Rouge Head Start Program. The Head Start Program helps children develop through comprehensive activities relating to health, education, disabilities and family services. It offers services for all children, including many of those with special... more »
  • Proposed high school in hands of voters Saturday Play Video

    April 6, 2016 5:18 PM

    SPRINGFIELD - The fate of a new high school campus will be in the hands of voters Saturday in the Springfield school district with a $14 million bond issue on the ballot. The money would go toward building a new school on land already owned by the Livingston Parish school... more »
  • Major expansion at Walker High moving forward Play Video

    April 4, 2016 5:28 PM

    WALKER - A major expansion is coming to Walker High School in Livingston Parish as the project is set to go out for bids this week. The $20 million project will add more than 30 new classrooms along with career and technology classrooms, a new band room, a new... more »
  • Head Start program to hold Recruitment day this weekend

    April 4, 2016 11:59 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Seven Head Start Centers will host Recruitment Fun Day on Saturday, Apr. 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Parents will be able to tour facilities, ask questions, and submit applications for their children to participate in the Early Head Start and Head Start programs for the... more »
  • Back in session: Higher education, healthcare could face cuts

    March 14, 2016 8:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The new legislative session began today, and Governor John Bel Edwards delivered grim news to lawmakers regarding the state budget in his opening address. Lawmakers didn't raise enough money in the special session to keep critical services from being cut. Under state law, they can't raise... more »
  • In superintendent selection process, Ascension to hire search firm

    March 8, 2016 10:12 AM

    DONALDSONVILLE- Wednesday, the school board in Ascension Parish will hear from search firms hoping to get the contract to find the system's next superintendent. Earlier this year, current superintendent Patrice Pujol announced she would be retiring in the spring after working in the district for more than three decades.... more »
  • Cool Schools: Denham Springs Elementary Super Tuesday Play Video

    March 8, 2016 9:00 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Our Cool School this week is Denham Springs Elementary where a group of students got to spend Super Tuesday learning about the 2016 presidential race. The fun lesson was part of a nationwide vote from students around the country. A group of 12 fourth graders at the school... more »
  • Common Core revisions OKd by state education board

    March 4, 2016 6:38 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- Louisiana's education board has approved Louisiana-specific revisions to the multi-state Common Core standards for math and English. Friday's 10-1 vote in Baton Rouge by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education approves changes adopted last month in New Orleans by an advisory panel. That panel was assembled... more »
  • Library book club to go back in time this weekend

    February 19, 2016 7:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Saturday, the Baton Rouge library will start its One Book, One Community reading event that features Kingfish: The Reign of Huey P. Long . The book by Richard D. White, Jr., was selected as the novel for 2016. The One Book, One Community program was started... more »
  • Former teacher of the year enters no contest plea to student sex charges Play Video

    February 16, 2016 10:45 AM

    PLAQUEMINE - In a solemn manner, former teacher Keavin Keith pleaded no contest to five counts of carnal knowledge of a juvenile and 30 counts of prohibited sexual conduct between an educator and a student Tuesday morning. #BREAKING Keith even fathered a child with one of his students.... more »
  • Expert: TOPS situation shows need for other scholarships; tips for students here

    February 12, 2016 6:14 PM

    PONCHATOULA - Educators advise high school students to take a serious look at how they will pay for college outside of state assistance since TOPS funding could be suspended or decreased. In a 24-hour window this week, TOPS officials caused panic among students and parents of college-aged children when... more »
  • Landry drops 'Common Core' fight with Edwards

    February 11, 2016 5:35 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Attorney General Jeff Landry has dropped his fight with Gov. John Bel Edwards over a lawsuit against federal education officials. Edwards had moved recently to dismiss former Gov. Bobby Jindal's lawsuit that claimed federal authorities tried to coerce the state into adopting the Common Core math and... more »
  • Livingston Parish plays key role in galactic discovery confirmed Thursday Play Video

    February 10, 2016 4:05 PM

    LIVINGSTON - It's almost unimaginable to think a seven-mile drive north of I-12 and the Livingston exit will take you to the home of where scientists have proven a 10 0 -year-old scientific phenomenon. Thursday, scientists from across the country gathered at the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory in Livingston... more »
  • Plans for reopening Istrouma to be released Wednesday

    February 8, 2016 4:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Future plans for Istrouma High School will be discussed at a community meeting Wednesday. The East Baton Rouge Parish School System is working to re-open the shuttered high school. After being taken over by the state, it was closed and the campus was recently given back... more »
  • Edwards: Public school financing won't be proposed for cuts

    February 3, 2016 12:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's public school financing formula won't be proposed for cuts next year from Gov. John Bel Edwards, despite the state's deep budget gaps. Edwards assured a group of educators at a town hall-style meeting Tuesday night that he wouldn't seek to reduce the $3.7 billion funding formula.... more »
  • Les Miles and LSU look to secure #1 recruiting class today

    February 2, 2016 6:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE - LSU is set to claim the number one class in the country on National Signing Day Wednesday. Nearly two-dozen high school seniors are set to commit to LSU. Of the freshmen group, three are from the capital region: Donavaughn Campbell of Ponchatoula High School, Caleb Roddy... more »
  • Draft of Common Core revisions up for panel vote

    February 2, 2016 4:23 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- A state panel formed to review the Common Core education standards is expected soon to vote on a draft of proposed changes. The standards committee meets Tuesday in New Orleans. The panel was formed by the Legislature last year as a compromise between opponents and supporters of the... more »
  • La. Common Core review committee wrapping up its suggestions

    February 1, 2016 4:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A review panel that was formed last year in response to the controversy over the Common Core education standards is nearing the end of its work. Formed by state lawmakers, the standards review committee meets Tuesday in New Orleans to make final decisions on which English... more »
  • Obama wants $4B to help students learn computer science

    January 30, 2016 2:48 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says he'll ask Congress for billions in new spending to help students learn computer science skills. Obama announced the plan in his weekly radio and Internet address on Saturday. He says developing analytical and coding skills is a must for jobs in the new economy.... more »
  • Education leaders meeting with Edwards over funding

    January 20, 2016 12:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor John Bel Edwards and education leaders from around Louisiana met at Governor's Mansion Wednesday to discuss how the ongoing budget crisis will impact colleges and universities. The meeting comes a day after Edwards proposed tax increases and budget changes to help get Louisiana back in... more »
  • Amid concerns over meaning, fraternity changes name of dance

    January 14, 2016 10:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE - LSU's Kappa Alpha Order will no longer use the moniker "Old South" relating to events the fraternity hosts, including its annual formal affair. "The Executive Council, or national board of directors, of Kappa Alpha Order recently amended an existing regulation to prohibit Active Chapters from sponsoring... more »
  • Area high school students developing winning app for disaster assistance

    January 8, 2016 4:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE - An East Baton Rouge high school student attending the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts in Natchitoches is one of five in a group competing to win an award for an app that solves problems in local communities. The group, which also includes a... more »
  • School systems concerned about nonprofits authorizing charter schools Play Video

    January 7, 2016 4:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Several school systems in the Baton Rouge region are speaking out against the possibility of a nonprofit having authority to approve charter schools. New Schools for Baton Rouge, a local nonprofit, applied for authority to approve charter schools with the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.... more »
  • School district leaders won't give up on abandoned school building

    January 5, 2016 11:31 PM

    CLINTON - School system leaders are determined to save an abandoned school. Tuesday night, the school board agreed to re advertise for bids seeking a buyer for the Old Clinton High School on Plank Road. At the end of November , no bids were submitted in the first attempt... more »
  • Case surrounding school raid closed

    January 5, 2016 11:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A criminal investigation into the operator of Kenilworth Science and Technology School, a charter school on Boone Avenue, has been closed. The WBRZ Investigative Unit learned the U.S. Attorneys Office closed its inquiry into the school. Letters between the school's attorneys and authorities confirmed the investigation is... more »
  • Officials sign on the dotted line, look toward reopening Istrouma High

    January 5, 2016 6:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State education officials have signed an agreement allowing the East Baton Rouge Parish School System to regain control of shuttered Istrouma High School. The parties finalized the deal Tuesday and the district school board will likely make a procedural move accepting it since the board approved... more »
  • Cities look at subsidized housing to stem teacher shortages

    January 2, 2016 3:20 PM

    SAN FRANCISCO - Amid concerns of a looming teacher shortage, public officials in San Francisco and other cities are looking at housing as a tool to prevent the exodus of young educators. School districts in high cost-of-living areas and rural communities that have long struggled to staff classrooms are considering... more »
  • School board hopes to give old school a second chance

    December 18, 2015 12:48 PM

    CLINTON - A committee of the East Feliciana Parish School Board suggests advertising for bids again after the first try at saving the Old Clinton High School failed. Not a single bid was placed with the school system when it put the building up for sale recently . The... more »
  • Leaving 'No Child' behind: New law heartens educators

    December 16, 2015 11:43 AM

    BUFFALO - School leaders and teachers who have argued that test scores alone shouldn't make or break a school are hopeful the new federal education law will offer a truer picture of success. States still will have to test students in math and reading to judge school quality under the... more »
  • School board approves emergency fix for fire alarm failure

    December 15, 2015 10:08 PM

    BAKER - The school board approved an emergency item on its agenda Tuesday night to allow the superintendent to hire a company to install a new fire alarm at Bakerfield Elementary. The alarm system is broken and needs to be replaced. Until a working alarm is installed, the school... more »
  • Education officials release guide to understanding school report cards

    December 15, 2015 1:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE – State school officials released a set of guides Tuesday aimed to help parents understand upcoming school report cards. The Louisiana Department of Education will release school report cards on Dec 17. Education officials say the report cards will provide important information about the performance of... more »
  • Louisiana ranks 10th in charter school promotion

    December 15, 2015 9:17 AM

    LAFAYETTE- A new study finds Louisiana ranks 10th in the country when it comes to state policies that promote a strong charter school sector. The National Association of Charter School Authorizers gave Louisiana 24 points out of a possible 33 points. It also noted that 73 percent of the state's... more »
  • Court to decide whether Islam-education order went too far

    December 13, 2015 2:46 PM

    BOSTON - The highest court in Massachusetts is being asked to decide if a judge violated the constitutional rights of a landlord when he ordered her to take a course on Islam after she was convicted of pushing her Muslim tenant down a flight of stairs. The Supreme Judicial Court... more »
  • Albany could get new school and upgrades Play Video

    December 10, 2015 6:04 PM

    ALBANY - The Livingston Parish School Board plans to ask Albany voters to approve a bond to pay for a new school and several upgrades across the area. The school board will call an election in April for the $13.5 million bond that would build a new $7 million elementary... more »
  • Scalia draws rebukes for comments about black students

    December 10, 2015 4:35 PM

    WASHINGTON - Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's suggestion that some black students might belong at "slower-track" universities has drawn sharp rebukes from civil rights leaders, top Democrats and even the White House. It's a familiar spotlight for the feisty conservative, who doesn't shy away from calling it as he sees... more »
  • Senate clears major new education bill, sends it to Obama

    December 9, 2015 11:39 AM

    WASHINGTON - With an overwhelming show of support, the Senate has passed and sent to President Barack Obama a massive education bill that would return to the states significant control over school accountability and testing. Obama was expected to sign it. The bill would continue federally mandated reading and math... more »
  • State policy will require school seniors to apply for aid

    December 7, 2015 8:16 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has approved a new policy that will require the state's public school seniors apply for education aid for college. BESE approved the policy last week which will require the state's 35,000 high school seniors to apply for the aid or... more »
  • District hopes to sell voters on tax renewal for school building spree

    December 1, 2015 10:05 PM

    DONALDSONVILLE - Voters in Ascension Parish will be asked to extend a tax to fund a huge school building spree. The tax would generate about $120 million. Officials hope to sell it by explaining it is not a new tax, but a continuation of one that is already on... more »
  • Not a single person wants to buy this hundred-year-old school

    November 30, 2015 11:37 PM

    CLINTON - The school board will have to decide what to do with a hundred-year-old school since no one seems to be interested in buying it. At the beginning of November, the East Feliciana Parish School System announced plans to sell the Old Clinton High School on Plank Road.... more »
  • Judge agrees with firing of principal who fought bully with a stick

    November 11, 2015 3:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A judge approved the firing of a high school principal after the administrator was recorded on video hitting a student with a stick while trying to break up a fight. The decision by the administrative judge Wednesday means Dr. Calvin Nicholas is no longer employed by... more »
  • Truancy center cracking down on parents Play Video

    November 10, 2015 4:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A 42-year-old mother was arrested in Baton Rouge for failing to send her son to school. It's one example of the many cases handled by the Family and Youth Service Center in Baton Rouge. Stephanie Hicks with the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office says Tanya Green has... more »
  • Springfield could get new high school campus Play Video

    November 5, 2015 4:56 PM

    SPRINGFIELD - The town of Springfield in Livingston Parish will get a new high school campus if voters in the area approve a $14 million bond issue. The Livingston Parish School Board will announce plans to call an election in April Thursday night. Most buildings on the current Springfield High... more »
  • Relic of Istrouma returned Wednesday night

    November 4, 2015 11:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Alumni of Istrouma High revealed a restored mascot of the former school Wednesday night. The Nawaganti statue was originally donated by the class of 1964. But, it's been subject of years of neglect and was left behind when the school closed. Alumni retrieved it, had... more »
  • Principal's stick topic of hours-long hearing Monday

    November 2, 2015 10:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - An administrative judge will rule within the next ten days on firing of an East Baton Rouge Parish School System principal. Calvin Nicholas and his attorney, Jill Craft, argued against Superintendent Warren Drake at a hearing Monday. The hearing lasted the entire day and featured Nicholas... more »
  • More La. high schools get A's, but tougher standards ahead

    October 29, 2015 4:19 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Increases in graduation rates and ACT scores are among factors state education officials are citing as the number of Louisiana high schools earning an A in the state's accountability system jumped from 10 percent last year to 23 percent this year. Statistics released Thursday also show improvements... more »
  • Livingston Parish school site getting second chance at life Play Video

    October 28, 2015 5:42 PM

    WATSON - Construction has started in Livingston Parish to renovate the old Live Oak High School campus 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. Contractors are working... more »
  • First lady to make solo visit to Middle East

    October 28, 2015 2:31 PM

    WASHINGTON - Michelle Obama is making her first solo visit to the Middle East, stopping in Qatar and Jordan to promote her global education initiative for girls. The White House says the trip is planned for next week. Mrs. Obama is scheduled to speak at a world education summit in... more »

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