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  • The new Lee High

    April 4, 2014 10:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Construction could begin soon on a new school sitting on a giant, rolling plot of land in the heart of the city. Milton Womack, Inc. will build the $49 million Lee High School where the former complex stood on Lee Drive between Highland Road and Perkins.... more »
  • 17-person board to select SU's next chancellor

    April 4, 2014 10:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Southern University is beginning the process to hire a new chancellor. Seventeen people are on the committee, lead by SU System Board of Supervisors member Murphy F. Bell Jr. and Monique Guillory-Winfield, SU System vice president for academic and student affairs. The hiring group is made... more »
  • State House approves rewrite of diploma law

    April 3, 2014 12:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The House supported a rewrite of Louisiana's career-track diploma law, to match a new policy of the state education board that will require public high school students who aren't college-bound to get job skills certifications to get a diploma. House Bill 944 by Rep. Jim Fannin, R-Jonesboro,... more »
  • Common Core defeats two bills in House committee Play Video

    April 2, 2014 11:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Two bills that were supported by Governor Jindal and would have changed the foundation of the state's Common Core failed to get out of the House Education Committee Wednesday. Representatives denied both HB 381 and HB 558 in a 12 to seven vote. HB 381... more »
  • Education tips from former college stars Play Video

    April 2, 2014 5:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Two former college football stars are visiting East Baton Rouge Parish schools to give students a pep talk about education. Former USC Trojan Keith Davis and Florida State Seminole Clarence Lee stopped by Merrydale Elementary, Ryan Elementary and Glen Oaks Park Elementary to give students advice... more »
  • Board accepts proposal to close high school

    March 27, 2014 10:31 PM

    NEW ROADS- The Pointe Coupee Parish School Board accepted a proposal from the state Recovery School District to funnel high school students from Pointe Coupee Central High to Livonia High beginning in the fall. The state no longer wants to run the school, so it will be returned to... more »
  • At the Capitol: Rep. Patricia Smith on the key issues Play Video

    March 26, 2014 7:25 AM

    BATON ROUGE - State Representative Pat Smith (D) sat down with Whitney Vann on 2une In Wednesday to talk about some of the big issues at the legislative session. Watch the video to hear her take on education reform, incarceration rates, payday loans, and healthcare. more »
  • Following error-filled state audit, school system will perform its own

    March 20, 2014 9:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board voted Thursday night to run its own audit following one done by the state that found serious issues. Auditors said student records had serious errors and found evidence of diploma fraud. But, at the meeting, BESE and state... more »
  • St. George calls for school superintendent to resign

    March 18, 2014 3:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The organization behind the incorporation of the City of St. George asked for leaders of the East Baton Rouge Parish School System to apologize and resign amid a state audit of the education system in the parish. Tuesday, the group asked board member Belinda Davis, State Representative... more »
  • EBR School Board considers 'universal pre-k' Play Video

    March 10, 2014 10:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge School Board met Monday night to talk about a nearly $30 million plan to get every kid in preschool in Baton Rouge. Educators say it will cost them, but early childhood education is priceless and needed. East Baton Rouge Pre-School Director... more »
  • Jindal outlines session priorities

    March 7, 2014 6:45 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal says aligning Louisiana's educational systems to state workforce needs will be his top priority for the legislative session that begins Monday. In an interview with The Associated Press, the Republican governor outlined items he's pushing with lawmakers. At the top of the list, he'll... more »
  • Appeals court reverses block of Jindal education policies

    February 25, 2014 12:06 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A ruling that blocked some of Governor Bobby Jindal's education policies has been reversed by a federal appeals court. In 2012, U.S. District Judge Ivan Lemelle blocked the implementation of new laws in Tangipahoa Parish on teacher tenure and state-funded vouchers in private schools. Opponents said... more »
  • Common Core panel criticizes standards Play Video

    February 20, 2014 10:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Challengers of the Common Core met Thursday night to discuss the academic standards that are affecting students across the nation. "I can tell you that my daughter wants to quit school," said parent Sara Wood. Common Core will take full effect in Louisiana this fall.... more »
  • Lawmakers seek higher ed funding boost Play Video

    February 17, 2014 4:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State lawmakers say they'll do their best to funnel more money into higher education. On Monday a handful of state legislators spoke to higher education leaders about what they plan to do to improve higher education this session. They expect to bring higher education to the... more »
  • College students to attend class on Saturdays

    February 5, 2014 11:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE- LSU has told students canceled classes due to winter storms in January will be made-up on Saturdays. It allows "other dates in the semester to stay as planned, such as Spring Break, final exams, graduation and Spring Intersession," the school wrote in a memo Wednesday. On... more »
  • Three area school districts leading way in technology Play Video

    February 5, 2014 6:00 PM

    PRAIRIEVILLE- Ascension Parish Schools are one of nine districts in the state and three in our area highlighted for their use of technology in schools Wednesday. In the past two years the state has increased technology in school districts, with 47 districts meeting the state's expectations of one computer... more »
  • Obama vows to improve education at all levels

    January 28, 2014 8:31 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is promising to improve American education from preschool to college in his State of the Union address. Obama promised to connect 15,000 schools and 20 million students with high-speed broadband in the next two years. It's part of the goal he announced last summer to... more »
  • Kids playing dangerous game while waiting for area school buses

    January 21, 2014 10:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE- School leaders are planning extra security at school bus transfer sites since kids are playing the "knockout game" while they wait for the bus. The violent game involves randomly punching someone else, and it has happened at the transfer location on Sherwood Forest. One student could... more »
  • Jindal proposes boost to higher education funding

    January 21, 2014 2:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - After six years of cuts, Louisiana's public colleges stand to gain $142 million in increased funding under Gov. Bobby Jindal's budget proposal to be unveiled later this week. Jindal on Tuesday announced his recommendations for financing Louisiana's colleges in the fiscal year that begins July 1. He... more »
  • New Main Library nearing soft opening Play Video

    January 11, 2014 5:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The new Main Library on Goodwood Boulevard won't officially open until mid-April, but you'll get the chance to get inside before then. The new $35 million environmentally friendly library is double the size of the old main library. It offers 140 computers and a half million... more »
  • Louisiana gets D- for K-12 education

    January 9, 2014 11:30 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana got a D minus for kindergarten to 12th grade education from the national publication Education Week. The state improved in its ranking after recieving an F in the annual "Quality Counts" report last year. The report gave Louisiana an overall grade of C plus,... more »
  • State launches investigation into EBR Schools over alleged cheating Play Video

    January 8, 2014 8:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE- State Superintendent of Education John White announced an investigation is underway concerning problems involving academic records within the East Baton Rouge Parish School System. It's a story the WBRZ News 2 Investigative Unit broke on Wednesday afternoon. Leaders within the East Baton Rouge Parish School System... more »
  • Sources: Cheating scandal rocks EBR schools Play Video

    January 8, 2014 4:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE - WBRZ confirmed Wednesday afternoon that state education officials are investigating allegations of cheating within the East Baton Rouge Parish School System. Sources told WBRZ News 2 Chief Investigator Chris Nakamoto that the Department of Education has learned "there may be discrepancies in academic records." WBRZ... more »
  • Self-reliance through special education Play Video

    December 12, 2013 4:56 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - Special education students in the Livingston Parish Public Education Community Program learn to live on their own and hold a job before graduating. The program allows students to get real life experience in one of 23 participating businesses, some of which even hire their students full... more »
  • OLOL opens new LSU medical education center

    December 9, 2013 3:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal, along with officials from LSU and Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center (OLOL) came together Monday to mark the opening of the new LSU Health Medical Education and Innovation Center on OLOL's main hospital campus in Baton Rouge. The new center... more »
  • Parents' intervention at issue in voucher case

    October 30, 2013 7:45 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The fight over government-funded private school tuition vouchers is back in federal court. At issue in a Wednesday hearing is whether parents voucher students should be allowed to intervene in a court case linking the voucher issue to desegregation orders. The U.S. Justice Department filed... more »
  • State releasing latest school, district grades

    October 24, 2013 7:31 AM

    BATON ROUGE - State education officials will release Thursday the latest evaluations of public schools and school districts - including letter grades that take into account student achievement on state standardized tests and additional measures of student success. State Superintendent of Education John White says the grading system has... more »
  • State voucher program grows

    October 21, 2013 11:56 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawsuits, funding concerns and questions of quality haven't stopped the growth of Gov. Bobby Jindal's voucher program. The program added more than 1,800 students this year, according to the first official tally for the current school year released Monday. The state education department said 6,751 students are... more »
  • State to review teacher evaluations

    October 18, 2013 6:28 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The state plans to do a review of a key part of Louisiana's controversial new evaluations for some public school teachers. The state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education directed Executive Director Heather Cope, in consultation with state Superintendent of Education John White, to come up... more »
  • Parents not giving Common Core education plan an A+ Play Video

    October 1, 2013 10:30 PM

    ASCENSION PARISH - An educational initiative has some Louisiana parents saying they have no voice when it comes to their child's education. "The nation itself doesn't understand our values here," said parent Crystal Matherne. The Common Core initiative defines what students need to learn in English and mathematics.... more »
  • Group claims Common Core hijacks local education Play Video

    September 27, 2013 5:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - New education standards called Common Core have become the latest cause for political controversy. One group plans a protest Saturday outside the state capitol over the issue. "This is an argument on global competition and economic development," said Cathryn Goppelt. "But I feel this is... more »
  • State won't apply for $44M federal education grant

    September 27, 2013 3:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana won't apply for $44 million in federal grant money available to the state for early childhood education programs. Superintendent of Education John White made the decision and notified Chas Roemer, who is the president of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. Several groups urged White to... more »
  • Baton Rouge private school gets Blue Ribbon recognition

    September 25, 2013 11:34 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The U.S. Department of Education has recognized six Louisiana schools as National Blue Ribbon Schools, including a private school in Baton Rouge. Most Blessed Sacrament School, a Catholic elementary school in Baton Rouge, was the only private school in Louisiana recognized. Three of the schools are... more »
  • Public records suit filed against superintendent

    September 10, 2013 3:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A college student from Baton Rouge has filed a public records lawsuit against Superintendent of Education John White. Zack Kopplin, who attends Rice University, says White and the Department of Education have refused to provide documents he's sought about the state's voucher program and a law that... more »
  • State asks for more time in federal voucher case

    September 5, 2013 4:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Education officials asked for more time today to respond to a Justice Department petition seeking a stop to Louisiana's voucher program. The state Department of Education's motion said they needed more time to prepare information about students who received vouchers for the 2013-2014 school year. ... more »
  • Most teachers pass new evaluations in first year

    September 3, 2013 11:09 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Most public school classroom teachers were graded effective in the first statewide year of Louisiana's new teacher evaluation system. Under data released Tuesday by the education department, 32 percent of classroom teachers were ranked as "highly effective" and another 4 percent were determined to be "ineffective." The... more »
  • White: Public schools make computer gains

    August 23, 2013 8:42 AM

    BATON ROUGE- State Superintendent of Education John White says 86 percent of public school students are attending schools that meet minimum computer requirements. In addition, officials say 38 school districts meet the new guidelines, up from five a year ago. Under new rules, all of Louisiana's 70 school districts are... more »
  • Local children are not cut under Head Start funding problem

    August 19, 2013 10:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE- There are few implications in the Capital City region from government cuts that are forcing thousands of children out of Head Start programs this school year. The federal government says 57,265 fewer children across the country will participate because of automatic cuts put in place after Congress... more »
  • Judge: Part of teacher tenure law unconstitutional

    August 16, 2013 5:30 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A north Louisiana judge has declared part of a 2012 law overhauling teacher tenure law in the state unconstitutional. State District Judge Benjamin Jones ruled Friday in a lawsuit against the Monroe City School Board. He said the constitutional rights of a teacher facing dismissal were violated... more »
  • Board says ineffective teachers are out Play Video

    August 15, 2013 10:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board deliberated for three hours, discussing ways to improve teacher effectiveness. Thursday night, the board approved a strategic plan for the 2013 school year that would mean the district's worst teachers could be fired. Under the plan, a teacher rated... more »
  • Board will give bad teachers one chance, out after that Play Video

    August 15, 2013 6:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The East Baton Rouge Parish School board is discussing ways to improve teacher effectiveness as part of their strategic plan for the 2013 school year. > UPDATE: Thursday night, the school system approved a plan that would mean the district's worst teachers could be fired. First, bad... more »
  • Parents say FIRST Student buses running too late

    August 14, 2013 10:22 AM

    CENTRAL- Parents in Central and Zachary say they're experiencing problems with the FIRST Student bus system. One Central parent told News 2 her child arrived home after 5 p.m. Tuesday. News 2's Adrian Pittman gets answers from the school system tonight on News 2 at 4. more »
  • Board to consider strategic plan for schools

    August 11, 2013 12:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board is considering a set of recommendations broadly aimed at lifting performance. The Advocate reports the 21-page strategic plan is expected to create controversy. It suggests giving principals more say in hiring teachers and more control of their school budgets. The... more »
  • Students back in school in Ascension Parish

    August 7, 2013 10:51 AM

    GONZALES - Kids returned to school in Ascension Parish today, though some won't stay in their classrooms all year. Work on the new G. W. Carver Primary School in Gonzales won't be completed until October, so students are starting the year still on the old campus. The district... more »
  • $3M gift will aid New Orleans teaching ranks

    August 4, 2013 12:06 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Teach for America, which trains high-achieving college graduates to enter troubled public school classrooms, is getting a $3 million donation to add 510 teachers in the New Orleans area. The Advocate reports the money will help to more than double the group's presence in New Orleans and... more »
  • White: Course Choice list 'cannot be ignored'

    July 29, 2013 5:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE - More than 1,000 students are on a waiting list for a state education department program offering courses to Louisiana students online. The "Course Choice" program was limited to a pilot program after a court ruling that the Legislature had illegally chosen to fund it through a program... more »
  • White: Continue some sort of student testing

    July 26, 2013 9:10 AM

    BATON ROUGE- While the high-stakes test called LEAP ends next year, state Superintendent of Education John White says some sort of measuring stick will likely remain for future students in key grades. White said Thursday what any such replacement will look like and other details will start being discussed by... more »
  • State touts first year of required ACT testing

    July 17, 2013 4:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The number of Louisiana public school students taking the ACT college admissions test has jumped by roughly 11,000, now that the state requires high school students to take the exam - and the number scoring high enough to attend college without remedial work jumped by 3,600 this... more »
  • Player taken away from football scrimmage via ambulance

    July 16, 2013 8:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A Southern Lab senior was taken from a scrimmage by ambulance after he was knocked out Tuesday evening. A coach told WBRZ News 2, the teen hit another player on the field at Parkview Baptist and lost consciousness. It was not clear which team the other teen... more »
  • La. teachers retiring in high numbers

    July 10, 2013 7:25 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana teachers are continuing to retire at higher-than-usual numbers - more than 7,500 in the last two years. The number of retirements in 2013 increased from the 24 percent increase last year. Dana Vicknair, assistant director at Teachers Retirement System of Louisiana, says the figure... more »
  • End-of-course exam scores: proficiency up 4 points

    July 2, 2013 4:07 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Education officials say the number of Louisiana high school students deemed "proficient" in subjects measured by end-of-course exams improved by 4 percentage points this year. The tests, which replaced the old Graduate Exit Exam, cover algebra I, geometry, English II, English III and biology, with U.S. history... more »
  • Lawsuit claims public school districts owed $200M

    July 2, 2013 12:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The St. John the Baptist Parish School Board and a teachers union are suing the state for $200 million, saying school funding formulas approved by lawmakers for three years were not passed properly. The lawsuit claims financing plans passed in 2010, 2011 and 2012 should have been... more »
  • High school diploma revamp to focus on careers

    June 20, 2013 1:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Superintendent of Education John White says Louisiana's current three-tier high school diploma system needs to be reworked to focus on career education and concrete outcomes. White said Thursday that the diploma should signal that students are either "credentialed" to work in a specific industry or fully prepared... more »
  • BESE to review student data storage and sharing

    June 19, 2013 5:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's top education board is reviewing how the state education department stores and shares public school student data. The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education agreed Wednesday to create a task force looking at the issue after concerns were raised about a state data-sharing agreement with an... more »
  • BESE to consider funds for 'Course Choice' program

    June 18, 2013 10:39 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The state education board is being asked to allocate $2 million for a pilot program to expand online high school course offerings to public school students. The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education considers Tuesday the funding plan for the "Course Choice" program to begin in the... more »
  • New strategy for breakaway schools: create new town

    June 13, 2013 9:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Legislators and citizens have been fighting 'for' and 'against' a breakaway school district in East Baton Rouge for two years. The group Local Schools for Local children, which favors the new district, is now thinking about creating a new town to up its chances of success. ... more »
  • Audit: Unreliable data used for tuition hikes

    June 10, 2013 5:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A new audit says 79 percent of community and technical colleges using a program that lets them raise student tuition didn't provide reliable data to gain that permission. The review by Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera's office was released Monday. It echoed findings from a year earlier, which... more »
  • Jindal seeks regulatory change, after bill fails

    June 9, 2013 10:13 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - Gov. Bobby Jindal's attempt to restructure early childhood education hit a roadblock in the Legislature. Unrelated disputes between the House and Senate stalled the bill that would have directly tied public dollars to student performance. Now, the Jindal administration is looking to make regulatory changes to... more »
  • Last minute budget deal funds school vouchers

    June 6, 2013 12:09 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The governor's hoping a gentlemen's agreement will solve issues among lawmakers, and get a budget approved in the final hours of the legislative session Thursday. The $25 billion spending plan includes funding for the controversial school voucher system, which pays private school tuition for students who are... more »
  • Lawmakers change rules for passing school formula

    June 5, 2013 4:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's lawmakers have agreed to change the process for handling the public school financing formula, to comply with a recent Louisiana Supreme Court ruling. The high court said the 2012-13 formula, called the Minimum Foundation Program or MFP, was unconstitutional because it didn't reach certain timeline and... more »
  • Breakaway school district amendment delayed

    June 3, 2013 10:34 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers in the state House delayed today a constitutional amendment required to create a breakaway school district in southeast Baton Rouge. Legislators returned Senate Bill 73 to the calendar without a vote after it was brought to the floor today. It could be rescheduled for debate... more »
  • Teacher quits instructing amid La. teaching controversy

    June 2, 2013 7:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Derrick Petit tells former LSU classmate Tanesha Craig. He broke the news to her today that he is leaving behind a profession they both dreamed of back in college. "I feel like I've done what I can for the students in the classroom," he says. Petit... more »
  • West Feliciana joining schools coop

    June 1, 2013 10:43 AM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE, La. - The West Feliciana Parish School Board will join a cooperative of school districts that hope to save money through bulk purchases of computers and software and by devising online courses. The Advocate reports the district will pay $1,500 to join the District Cooperative of Louisiana. The... more »
  • Community college construction bill goes to Jindal

    May 31, 2013 10:34 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's community colleges have won their dispute with other higher education leaders over construction spending. The Senate gave final passage Friday to a measure that will let the community and technical college system sidestep the construction budget process for $250 million in projects. The bill heads to... more »
  • Education officials clear up grading questions

    May 30, 2013 5:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Superintendent of Education John White admitted today that letter grades awarded to high schools in the past had been inflated, but denied accusations his office intentionally caused the changes and later covered them up. White told a Senate education committee today that a flaw in the... more »
  • Senators hear from public on next year's budget

    May 24, 2013 2:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - People who rely on the state for health care and educational programs traveled to the Louisiana Capitol to ask senators to pay for those services in next year's budget. For hours Friday, the Senate Finance Committee heard requests for cuts to be reversed, for programs to be... more »
  • Senate rejects move to stop Common Core standards

    May 23, 2013 2:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Senate has killed a resolution that sought to keep the state from using a set of uniform national standards for public school testing, called Common Core standards. The action Thursday came a day after the Senate Education Committee advanced the proposal without taking action. Senators... more »
  • Effort to stop Common Core standards advances

    May 22, 2013 6:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A tea party-backed attempt to keep Louisiana from using a set of uniform national standards for public school testing will be considered by the Senate. The Senate Education Committee on Wednesday advanced a resolution that calls on state education officials to stop implementation of the Common Core... more »
  • Audit: DOE skipped steps in monitoring charters

    May 20, 2013 11:20 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A new audit says the state education department had gaps in its monitoring of the academic performance of Louisiana's charter schools. The review, released Monday by the Louisiana Legislative Auditor's Office, looked at charter school monitoring activities during the 2011-12 budget year. The audit says the Department... more »
  • Zachary to farm out expelled students

    May 19, 2013 12:56 PM

    ZACHARY, La. - The Zachary Community School Board will hire a private academy to provide programs for middle- and high-school students who are expelled from their regular schools. The Advocate reports that the district's alternative school has been at the Port Hudson Career Academy. Board members have plans to expand... more »
  • 8 arrested, 2 at large in truancy crackdown

    May 16, 2013 10:44 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Police arrested eight women and are seeking two more in East Baton Rouge Parish after they said they failed to send their kids to school despite repeated warnings. The arrests were part of an effort by the new Family and Youth Services Center to target repeat... more »
  • Big Buddy wants to keep kids learning this summer Play Video

    May 15, 2013 5:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - When kids leave school for summer break, many are ready to put education completely out of their minds. That's why the Big Buddy organization started summer learning sessions called "Zula Patrol" to keep kids' minds active and prevent summer learning loss. Some "Little Buddies" joined... more »
  • Local schools owed $30M because of court ruling

    May 15, 2013 1:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Superintendent of Education John White says the state owes local school districts $30 million because the Louisiana Supreme Court threw out this year's public school funding formula. The Supreme Court ruled that lawmakers couldn't fund a voucher program to send children to private school through the formula... more »
  • Voucher supporters to rally at state capitol

    May 15, 2013 10:49 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Supporters of Louisiana's school voucher program will join Gov. Bobby Jindal this afternoon at a rally for the program. The state Supreme Court recently ruled that the method used to fund the program violated the state's constitution. Jindal swore the program would be funded by the... more »
  • Breakaway school district bill before committee

    May 14, 2013 10:45 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Supporters of a breakaway school district in southeast Baton Rouge gathered at the Capitol today for a committee hearing over the bills to create it. The House Education Committee scheduled a hearing for the two bills this morning. Both were approved in the Senate last week.... more »
  • LSU names dean of human sciences, education

    May 12, 2013 10:46 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Damon Andrew has been hired as dean of LSU's College of Human Sciences and Education. He had been serving as professor and dean of the College of Health and Human Services at Troy University in Alabama. He will join LSU on July 1. Andrew succeeds Laura Lindsay,... more »
  • Bills to revamp early childhood education advance

    May 10, 2013 8:45 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Proposals to tie public funding to student performance and issue letter grades to Louisiana's public and private early childhood education programs are finding easy passage through the Legislature. Two Senate bills are the cornerstones of Gov. Bobby Jindal's attempt to restructure early childhood education and to create uniform... more »
  • Voucher program needs funding Play Video

    May 8, 2013 6:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A day after a court ruled the funding source for the state's private school voucher program was unconstitutional, lawmakers at the Capitol are discussing how to fund the program. In previous years, funding for a similar program in New Orleans was allocated in the general budget, known... more »
  • Future of school funding in question

    May 8, 2013 10:39 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers working on next year's budget now have new questions to answer when it comes to school funding. The Louisiana Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that the state can't use its normal school funding formula for its voucher program. Critics of the program said doing so took... more »
  • Senate backs breakaway school district in Baton Rouge

    May 7, 2013 5:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Two proposed laws that would create a new, public school district in East Baton Rouge Parish cleared the Senate Tuesday. Both organizations connected to the push- one for and another against- posted the news on Facebook, alerting followers to the developments. People posted congratulatory comments on... more »
  • BR native passing on secrets of perfect test scores Play Video

    May 7, 2013 4:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge native Craig Gehring made perfect scores on the ACT and SAT. Now he's helping a new generation of students facing the same tests. Gehrig created a series of test prep books and camps passing along good test-taking tips and techniques for students preparing for... more »
  • La. Supreme Court rules voucher funding unconstitutional Play Video

    May 7, 2013 10:47 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The state's highest court ruled today that the funding formula for Gov. Bobby Jindal's key education reform, school vouchers, violates the state's constitution. Today's ruling was 6-1, with Justice Greg Guidry dissenting. It affects Act 2, which diverts per-student funding to private and parochial schools to... more »
  • Senate panel rejects election of education chief

    May 1, 2013 4:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A bid to make Louisiana's education superintendent elected by voters, rather than appointed by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, has failed to gain traction in the Senate. The Senate Education Committee voted 4-2 Wednesday against the proposal by Republican Sen. Bob Kostelka - but only... more »
  • Bill to repeal LSEA stalls in committee Play Video

    May 1, 2013 12:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE- After hours of testimony, lawmakers deferred a bill intended to repeal a law critics say allows creationism to be taught in public schools. Senate Bill 26, authored by Sen. Karen Carter Peterson, D-New Orleans, sought to repeal the Louisiana Science Education Act, which some say allows teachers... more »
  • Breakaway school district clears first hurdle Play Video

    April 29, 2013 6:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A proposed breakaway school district cleared an important hurdle after the Senate Finance Committee voted favorably for it to reach the Senate floor. The bill, authored by Senator Bodi White of Baton Rouge, would create a new school district in East Baton Rouge Parish between I-10... more »

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