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  • 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 »
  • State's top school system could cut teachers Play Video

    December 29, 2014 5:56 PM

    ZACHARY - After ranking number one overall for public school districts in the state, the Zachary Community School District is now looking for new ways to bring in money. A legislative audit shows the district spent nearly $4 million more than it made in the last school year, dipping... more »
  • Parents frustrated after Redemptorist meeting Play Video

    December 23, 2014 10:27 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Parents and students said they were frustrated after a meeting Tuesday morning with the Diocese of Baton Rouge over the future of Redemptorist High and Junior High. The parents said they found no comfort in their discussion with Bishop Robert Muench, who announced last Friday that... more »
  • Livingston schools need tax renewal Play Video

    December 11, 2014 5:20 PM

    LIVINGSTON - The Livingston Parish school board plans to call a special election in the spring for a tax renewal that pays for maintaining schools. Recently voters in the parish shot down two tax renewals. In the Holden area voters turned down a renewal that would pay for fire... more »
  • White calls TOPS divide "tragic"

    December 11, 2014 12:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Superintendent of Education John White called a recent report which showed a deep racial divide in who receives TOPS scholarship money in Louisiana "tragic," and said it demonstrated the need to fully adopt Common Core standards. White was asked by reporters about the Board of Regents... more »
  • Louisiana wins federal grant for pre-K education

    December 10, 2014 9:55 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana will receive up to $32 million in federal grant money over four years to improve preschool access for low-income children across the state. The U.S. Department of Education announced Wednesday that Louisiana was one of 18 states to get grants aimed at giving more quality educational... more »
  • La. gets break from 'No Child Left Behind' rules

    December 8, 2014 5:51 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Federal officials have again granted Louisiana a waiver from compliance with the Bush-era No Child Left Behind law. In 2011, the Education Department announced that states could petition for waivers from No Child Left Behind's ambitious requirements, such as having all students read at grade level by... more »
  • Nation's classrooms reflect on Ferguson decision

    December 2, 2014 1:56 PM

    LOS ANGELES - Classrooms across the nation have been discussing the Ferguson police shooting - and some uncomfortable topics - in the wake of the grand jury's decision not to indict the officer who killed Michael Brown. Tom Rademacher knew his high school students would have the case on their... more »
  • Vitter reverses course, now opposes Common Core

    December 1, 2014 10:03 AM

    BATON ROUGE - U.S. Sen. David Vitter has changed his mind on the Common Core education standards. Four months ago, Vitter, a Republican running for governor, described his strong support for the multistate standards. But on Monday, the senator said Louisiana needs to stop using Common Core. The position puts... more »
  • Dismissal sought of Jindal's anti-Common Core suit

    November 20, 2014 11:53 AM

    BATON ROUGE - An Obama administration lawyer told a federal judge that Louisiana's decision to use the Common Core education standards was voluntary, not coerced by the federal government. Attorney Caroline Lewis Wolverton asked U.S. District Judge Shelly Dick on Thursday to throw out Gov. Bobby Jindal's lawsuit against the... more »
  • Obama: US needs to bring schools into 21st century

    November 19, 2014 10:48 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says the United States needs to bring its schools into the 21st century when it comes to technology. Obama says less than 40 percent of public schools have high-speed Internet in their classrooms. He says that's not good for the country where the Internet was... more »
  • Livingston schools expand after increase in students

    November 11, 2014 3:19 PM

    LIVINGSTON - Some students in Livingston Parish could come back to new classrooms after Thanksgiving break. With the number of students growing in the parish, schools are looking to expand. After a rise in students, sixth graders at Doyle Elementary transferred to Doyle High School in the town of... more »
  • Education think tank head quits after flawed study

    November 10, 2014 12:28 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A Tulane University institute that studies New Orleans public education changes that followed Hurricane Katrina has announced the resignation of its executive director. The resignation of John Ayers comes weeks after the Cowen Institute for Public Education Initiatives retracted a study on New Orleans high schools. The... more »
  • Charter schools fight back in court over funding Play Video

    October 29, 2014 2:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Charter schools fought back in court Wednesday after a state teachers group sued to challenge a formula that provides money to schools. The Louisiana Association of Educators (LAE) say $60 million going to certain charter schools is illegal. "The funding of these Type 2 charter... more »
  • Ruling expected Friday in charter schools lawsuit

    October 29, 2014 1:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A state district judge says he will rule Friday on whether he'll issue a preliminary injunction to keep some charter schools from getting $60 million under Louisiana's public school financing formula. Judge Wilson Fields heard testimony and arguments Wednesday in the case and said he would take... more »
  • Cool Schools: West Feliciana High School Play Video

    October 28, 2014 7:03 AM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE - This week's Cool School is West Feliciana High School. They've teamed-up with LSU to tryout a teacher residency that allows future teachers to hone their skills in their own classroom. Kylie Dixon learned more about the program this week in her Cool Schools report. more »
  • Former La education official dies in plane crash

    October 19, 2014 10:51 AM

    BASTROP, La. - A former Louisiana education official and state senator has died in an on-the-ground airplane crash. Cox Funeral Home in Bastrop says funeral arrangements are incomplete for 77-year-old Edwards Barham (BAHR-um) of Oak Ridge. Richland Parish Sheriff Lee Harrell says the longtime pilot died after his plane hit... more »
  • Several finalists in La. higher ed commissioner search

    October 6, 2014 9:01 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's next commissioner of higher education likely will be named this week, after the state Board of Regents and other higher education leaders get a chance to interview three finalists for the job. None of the three has emerged as a clear front-runner for the nearly $350,000-a-year... more »
  • Southern Lab rebounds with online enrollment

    October 6, 2014 9:00 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A shift to online education has restored Southern University Lab School's financial health and prospects, perhaps even helping attract local students to the physical campus next to the historically black university in Baton Rouge. Southern Lab's Virtual School, barely a year old, teaches more than 600 students... more »
  • Landrieu seeking support from college-age voters

    October 1, 2014 10:24 AM

    BATON ROUGE - U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu is courting young voters in several appearances across Louisiana this week, talking about her support for legislation that could lower students' college costs. The Democratic incumbent, locked in a tight race for re-election, is making stops at colleges in Baton Rouge, New Orleans... more »
  • Louisiana Gov. Jindal campaigns with Havenstein

    September 26, 2014 5:13 PM

    MANCHESTER, N.H. - Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has joined Republican gubernatorial candidate Walt Havenstein on two education-related campaign stops, and both were quizzed by youngsters. Jindal, who's likely considering a run for president in 2016, and Havenstein visited a charter school in Manchester on Friday before touring US FIRST,... more »
  • Livingston automotive class preps students for real world Play Video

    September 18, 2014 4:27 PM

    WALKER - High school students from all across Livingston Parish get hands on experience fixing real world problems with cars, all while earning college credit. It's part of a dual enrollment program at the Livingston Parish Literacy and Technology Center. Students in the class learn everything from brakes and... more »
  • Cool Schools: Walker High's Wildcat TV Play Video

    September 9, 2014 9:03 AM

    WALKER - In 2une In's new series 'Cool Schools', we'll tell you the story of unique schools, teachers and students from across the Baton Rouge area. Our very first Cool School story is at Walker High School in Livingston Parish, where students broadcast their varsity football games on television.... more »
  • Hearing set in Jindal Common Core lawsuit Play Video

    September 9, 2014 3:20 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal will have to wait a few months to have his day in federal court in his lawsuit against the Obama administration over the Common Core education standards. U.S. District Judge Shelly Dick set a Nov. 20 hearing date to consider the Republican governor's claims.... more »
  • State Supreme Court hears arguments on teacher tenure

    September 5, 2014 3:09 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A law toughening teacher tenure requirements in Louisiana is up for arguments before the state Supreme Court. Friday's high court hearing deals with a Baton Rouge judge's decision that the 2012 legislation that included the tenure changes was unconstitutional. State District Judge Michael Caldwell ruled that the... more »
  • Jindal sues feds over Common Core Play Video

    August 27, 2014 4:31 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's Republican governor has filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration, accusing it of illegally using federal grant money and regulations to force states to adopt the Common Core education standards. The U.S. Department of Education has used a $4.3 billion grant program and federal policy waivers... more »
  • Central parents frustrated, kids not in school Play Video

    August 26, 2014 6:25 PM

    CENTRAL - Some parents in Central are outraged, saying their children are being denied a public education. "It's not fair to her that she has to miss school because of paperwork," said Yvone Samuel, a frustrated mother of two. "I just don't understand that, it's not fair." Samuel... more »
  • EBR Head Start program to hold Aug. 29 job fair

    August 22, 2014 11:09 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Head Start Program and EmployBR will host a job fair to fill immediate openings for a number of positions the program urgently needs. The job fair will be held on Friday, Aug. 29 from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the EmployBR... more »
  • Dept. of Education website back online Play Video

    August 19, 2014 3:38 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Education's website is back online after a bill payment issue caused it to temporarily go down Monday. The LouisianaBelieves.com website was replaced by a "domain for sale" placeholder after the bill payment didn't process, according to the Department of Administration.The incident happened... more »
  • Obama trumpets proposals to lower college costs

    August 16, 2014 10:35 AM

    EDGARTOWN, Mass. - President Barack Obama is calling on Congress and colleges to help make the cost of higher education more manageable. In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama says higher education is "the surest ticket to the middle class." But he says paying for that education is a... more »
  • Report: BR parents rather private school over public than most cities

    August 14, 2014 4:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A national report released this week listed the Capital City as the fourth-largest percentage of private school enrollment. New Orleans topped the list and was followed by Honolulu, HI, San Francisco, CA, and then Louisiana's capital. According to data, 19.1% of students attend a private school here.... more »
  • Baton Rouge recruiting teachers in Pittsburgh

    August 13, 2014 11:04 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge schools need more teachers this year, so school system leaders are heading to Pennsylvania for a recruitment event. The East Baton Rouge Parish School System announced Tuesday that it is planning a teacher jobs fair at a hotel near the Pittsburgh airport on Saturday. The... more »
  • Common Core suits start today Play Video

    August 11, 2014 4:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The first lawsuit over Common Core education standards goes to court today while students across the state are also returning to school. Educators still do not know what tests to prepare their students for this spring, even though pay raises and job security depend upon them.... more »
  • EBR cracking down on truancy as school starts Play Video

    August 11, 2014 2:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - With the school year now under way, the Family and Youth Service Center is tracking attendance and cracking down on truancy. The Baton Rouge center offers counseling, parenting classes, substance abuse programs and other resources. Director Roxon Welch says it's up to the parent to make... more »
  • Livingston rolls out new school buses Play Video

    August 7, 2014 4:02 PM

    LIVINGSTON - More than a dozen new school buses rolled out for the first day of school in Livingston Parish. After paying for repair after repair Livingston Parish Public Schools spent nearly $1 million to get 14 new buses and 25 used buses. Now the old phased out buses... more »
  • Jindal asks judge to bar use of Common Core tests

    August 6, 2014 11:34 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal is asking a judge to prohibit state education leaders from using testing material tied to the Common Core standards in Louisiana's public schools. Jindal filed a petition Wednesday seeking an injunction that would keep the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education and the... more »
  • Survey ranks La. fourth worst for education

    August 4, 2014 6:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A financial website ranked Louisiana as the fourth-worst state for education after a nationwide survey of performance indicators. According to the study posted on WalletHub , Louisiana had the highest percentage of students repeating grade levels, and the lowest reading and math scores compared to other... more »
  • Walker school expands with new classrooms Play Video

    August 4, 2014 2:23 PM

    WALKER - An elementary school in Walker expanded over the summer with expectations of even more students attending the school in years to come. South Fork Elementary School opened four years ago with nearly 300 students. Now the school has grown to more than 425 students, which filled classrooms,... more »
  • BAEO, lawmakers host Town Hall Meetings on Common Core Play Video

    July 30, 2014 7:33 AM

    BATON ROUGE - With all of the disputes, lawsuits and news surrounding Common Core in Louisiana, it can be difficult to keep up with why the education standards are so controversial. The Louisiana Black Alliance for Educational Options wants to change that. BAEO is teaming up with Rep. Patricia... more »
  • Port Allen school to be demolished, remembered Play Video

    July 28, 2014 6:02 PM

    PORT ALLEN - The old building that once housed Cohn High School students will soon vanish, once the West Baton Rouge School Board lands a crew to demolish the crumbling facility. The buildings are filled with asbestos, mold and termites and must come down, but some alumni aren't ready... more »
  • BESE special meeting planned over Common Core

    July 28, 2014 11:08 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The state school board announced they would hold a special meeting Tuesday to discuss recently filed lawsuits affecting the Common Core education standards. The Board of Secondary and Elementary Education scheduled the meeting for 11 a.m. at the Claiborne Building. The agenda included consideration of... more »
  • NAACP plans to file lawsuit against EBR school board Play Video

    July 25, 2014 4:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The NAACP spent Friday reviewing what happened at the East Baton Rouge school board meeting Thursday night with plans to file a lawsuit. The school board voted 6-5 to decrease the number of school board members from 11 to 9. Some board members feel they can... more »
  • Lawsuit likely after school board votes to drop two members

    July 24, 2014 10:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE- East Baton Rouge Parish School Board members refused to leave Thursday's meeting before making a decision on whether or not to eliminate the number of seats on the board. About six hours after the meeting began, the board voted to eliminate two seats and move forward with... more »
  • Louisiana ranks 47th in national Kids Count survey

    July 23, 2014 3:11 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana fell one spot to 47th in an annual national ranking of child well-being that looks at poverty, education and health access. The Kids Count report was released Tuesday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, a private charitable organization that had Louisiana ranked at 46th in 2013.... more »
  • Teachers prepared for Common Core despite turmoil Play Video

    July 18, 2014 5:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Despite a dispute at the state level over who will provide the year-end testing assessment for Louisiana students, teachers are ready for the school year and think the best path forward is Common Core. "Common Core is a good thing," said Sandra Guilbeau, a teacher at Scotlandville... more »
  • NAACP wants more, not fewer school board members

    July 17, 2014 11:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The NAACP protested with signs outside Thursday's East Baton Rouge Parish School Board meeting. The group believes talks about redistricting the board and possibly reducing the number of seats will lead to segregation and discrimination among the board. Plans are being considered to move from eleven members... more »
  • Charter group out amid scandal

    July 16, 2014 10:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A national charter school organization won't be in charge of Dalton Elementary when the school opens this fall. The group, FUSE, gave up the charter amid a scandal at its home office on the East Coast recently. The CEO resigned after it was unveiled he did not... more »
  • St. George: PBS special gave inaccurate portrayal Play Video

    July 15, 2014 10:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - St. George supporters say a PBS Frontline documentary that aired Tuesday night titled "Separate and Unequal" is told in a way that "inaccurately portrays this movement." The documentary, filmed over several months, focuses on how years of school busing has affected the school system, causing white... more »
  • Governors group skirts 'radioactive' Common Core

    July 13, 2014 1:28 PM

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Facing opposition from staunch conservatives, the Common Core education standards designed to improve schools and student competitiveness are being modified by some Republican governors. They cite concern about the federal government's role in the classroom. The educational standards were not on the formal agenda during a three-day... more »
  • US seeks better teachers for high-needs schools

    July 7, 2014 5:05 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Education Department is announcing a new initiative to attract quality teachers to the schools that need them most. It comes the same day President Barack Obama is scheduled to have lunch with teachers at the White House to discuss the issue. Education Department data show that... more »
  • More La. students earn college-ready ACT score

    June 26, 2014 11:37 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana education officials are touting another increase in the number of high school students in the state who scored well enough on the ACT exam to enter college without remedial work. The Department of Education said Thursday that 23,560 students scored an 18 or higher in 2014.... more »
  • New charter school opening in Baker Play Video

    June 26, 2014 9:52 AM

    BAKER - We might be in the heat of summer, but it's already time start thinking about heading back to school. A $7 million charter school is now in the works for Baker. Impact Charter Elementary will be the first new school in the city in several decades. Principal... more »
  • SELU teams up with St. Charles Parish

    June 23, 2014 3:53 AM

    HAMMOND - Southeastern Louisiana University's department of teaching and learning has been awarded a $120,000 grant from the Louisiana Department of Education to partner with the St. Charles Parish public school system to redesign teacher preparation programs. The effort is intended to give teacher candidates more classroom time by matching... more »
  • Education leaders back Common Core

    June 20, 2014 6:56 PM

    JACKSON, Miss. - Mississippi education leaders remain supportive of the Common Core academic standards. Wayne Gann, chairman of the state Board of Education, and state Superintendent of Education Carey Wright said in a statement Friday they were disappointed in remarks made by Gov. Phil Bryant. On Thursday, Bryant appeared to... more »
  • Superintendent Taylor has plans for final year Play Video

    June 20, 2014 4:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - By June of next year, someone other than Bernard Taylor will run the East Baton Rouge School System. Taylor's contract will expire next year as scheduled after he requested school board members to not renew his contract. Taylor has almost completed two years of a three-year... more »
  • Board decides not to keep Taylor as superintendent Play Video

    June 19, 2014 9:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board voted Thursday night not to renew Superintendent Bernard Taylor's contract. It was set to expire at the end of June 2015 and the board chose not to keep him on as the head of the public school system once it... more »
  • Watch: Wednesday's Common Core debacle Play Video

    June 18, 2014 10:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Wednesday quickly became a power struggle for the governor and his appointed education chief, John White, over Common Core and if it should be taught in Louisiana classrooms. Each disagrees with the other: the Governor is against the educational standards while White is for them and said... more »
  • We asked a teacher to explain Common Core lessons Play Video

    June 18, 2014 10:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A public school teacher explained Common Core as a method to encourage students to take control of the conversation when it comes to solving problems and developing their critical thinking skills. "We really become facilitators. We facilitate questions to them and they are the ones that are... more »
  • Jindal admin pulls funding for PARCC Play Video

    June 18, 2014 5:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The political fracas over Common Core at the state's highest levels of government deepened Wednesday, as Governor Bobby Jindal's administration accused state education Superintendent John White of overstepping his authority. Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols says White and the Board of Elementary and Secondary may have... more »
  • Education secretary hits Jindal on Common Core

    June 17, 2014 6:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan says Gov. Bobby Jindal's recent opposition to the Common Core education standards is politically-driven. Duncan made his comments Tuesday on "CBS This Morning," when questioned about the English and math benchmarks adopted by most states and Jindal's criticism of them. The secretary... more »
  • Jindal rejects bill to stall Common Core effects

    June 13, 2014 6:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - An effort to delay the consequences of using the Common Core education standards until the 2016-17 school year has been rejected by Gov. Bobby Jindal. On Friday, Jindal vetoed a bill that would have pushed back the effects of the new standards to one year longer than... more »
  • Business groups to Jindal: Don't scrap Common Core

    June 13, 2014 2:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A coalition of Louisiana business and civic groups are calling on Gov. Bobby Jindal to keep the Common Core education standards in Louisiana schools. The groups - which include many of the state's chambers of commerce - noted in a letter Friday that state lawmakers and education... more »
  • Local issues remain intact after session Play Video

    June 3, 2014 5:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers are now back home after concluding a busy, but relatively quiet, legislative session that may be best remembered for what failed as opposed to what passed. Three months ago lawmakers on both sides of the aisle had East Baton Rouge issues in their crosshairs, from... more »
  • Common Core debate now moves to Jindal's office

    June 3, 2014 3:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - With lawmakers refusing to scrap the Common Core, the fight over Louisiana's use of the education standards is shifting to Gov. Bobby Jindal. Opponents of the standards are pressuring Jindal to take some sort of executive action to remove the state from the Common Core and its... more »
  • School spending, state worker pay gets budget boosts

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