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  • 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

    June 3, 2014 10:34 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers approved a $24.6 billion budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year that begins July 1. It will increase spending on services for the disabled, higher education and public schools, and give pay raises to rank-and-file state workers and state troopers. Gov. Bobby Jindal can strip... more »
  • $3.6B school funding plan receives final passage

    May 30, 2014 4:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A $3.6 billion financing plan to pay for Louisiana's public schools next year has received final legislative passage with a 95-2 House vote. The school formula for the 2014-15 school year was written by the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. It will increase spending for... more »
  • House lawmakers reject ethics exemption for BESE

    May 29, 2014 6:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers in the House refused to carve out an ethics exemption for members of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education that would have let them enter into contracts with state government. The proposal got tacked onto a separate Senate bill by a House committee. But the... more »
  • Education a hot topic throughout this legislative session Play Video

    May 29, 2014 8:52 AM

    BATON ROUGE - From common core to pay raises for teachers, Louisiana educators have kept a close eye on issues this legislative session. Just like school, the session is winding down for the summer. Louisiana Association of Educators President Debbie Meaux joined us on 2une In Thursday with her... more »
  • House refuses to loosen rules on school textbooks

    May 22, 2014 6:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana House has resisted efforts to give local public school districts more freedom to choose their teaching materials. The proposal by Republican Sen. Conrad Appel, of Metairie, would have let local districts decide which books and materials should be used in classrooms. The state education department... more »
  • Boosie attends high school graduation in Baton Rouge

    May 20, 2014 11:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Months after he was released from Angola, the rapper known as Lil Boosie returned to the city to attend a graduation and be honored for helping kids walk across the stage. Boosie, whose real name is Torrence Hatch, said he has changed since being in prison. He... more »
  • Central Freshman Academy construction to begin soon Play Video

    May 20, 2014 5:46 PM

    CENTRAL- A battle between two contractors to build the Central Freshman Academy will end quietly this week as the two companies agreed to binding arbitration. Buquet & Leblanc won the initial low bid for the estimated $5.2 million dollar construction, but Cangelosi Ward argued their slightly higher bid should... more »
  • St. Helena school to take part in arts program

    May 20, 2014 1:52 PM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - An elementary school in St. Helena Parish was one of three selected to take part in a nationwide program using art to turn around troubled schools. The St. Helena Arts and Technology Academy was selected along with two schools in New Orleans and Homer to receive... more »
  • House GOP bill would roll back school lunch rules

    May 19, 2014 10:37 AM

    WASHINGTON - House Republicans are proposing to let some schools opt out of healthier school lunch and breakfast programs if they are losing money. A GOP spending bill for agriculture and food programs released Monday would allow schools to apply for waivers if they are losing money on school lunch... more »
  • Parents frustrated over unavailable LEAP scores

    May 16, 2014 10:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Parents and educators appeared frustrated Friday after learning the state was not going to release results of the standardized tests, known as LEAP. The Department of Education projected to have results ready by Friday, May 16. The information is important since it decides if some kids can... more »
  • Taylor: Charter schools costing EBR too much Play Video

    May 15, 2014 10:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Parish School System is preparing for a round of budget cuts after recently announcing it is on track to spend nearly $29 million more than the amount of revenue it is expected to generate in the next year. Superintendent Bernard Taylor says... more »
  • Holden: parents are the problem with education Play Video

    May 14, 2014 10:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Mayor-President Kip Holden believes the problem with education in Baton Rouge isn't the schools or the teachers, but the parents. Throughout the St. George effort, schools and education have been the driving force behind the move to form a new city. In a speech to the... more »
  • Bill requiring sex education dies in committee Play Video

    May 14, 2014 1:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A bill to mandate sex-education in public schools was voted down Wednesday inside a House Education committee at the Capitol. Baton Rouge State Rep. Pat Smith gave an impassioned defense of her bill, that would mandate a curriculum for sex education in public schools. "In most... more »
  • Pew: Student loans often mean more overall debt

    May 14, 2014 11:20 AM

    WASHINGTON - A new Pew Research Center study says young adults who took out student loans while earning their college degree are taking on significantly more overall debt than those who didn't have to borrow for their education. The Pew analysis looked at households headed by people under 40. It... more »
  • Bill would allow survey on teen sex risk behavior

    May 13, 2014 3:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A measure to allow the state education department to survey students on sex-related risk behaviors has narrowly advanced to the Louisiana House for debate. The House Education Committee voted 7-6 Tuesday for the bill by Baton Rouge Rep. Pat Smith, a Democrat. Supporters say it would help... more »
  • West Feliciana schools moving on without property tax Play Video

    May 5, 2014 4:49 PM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE - West Feliciana Parish missed out on millions of dollars to improve its schools after voters in the parish shot down a new property tax. However, West Feliciana Schools Superintendent Hollis Milton says the top-ten ranked district will continue to do more with less. "Our hope... more »
  • Lawmakers reject bill to kill Common Core tests

    May 5, 2014 3:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A back-door effort to undermine Louisiana's use of testing tied to Common Core education standards has failed to win legislative support. Republican Rep. Brett Geymann of Lake Charles proposed to require legislative approval before the education department could spend money on the standardized tests tied to Common... more »
  • Senators shelve BESE school financing proposal

    May 1, 2014 12:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Senators have rejected the $3.5 billion school financing plan the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education proposed for next year. The Senate Education Committee shelved the proposal without objection Thursday. Committee Chairman Conrad Appel said he disagreed with BESE's inclusion of an automatic growth factor in... more »
  • Bill would delay implications of Common Core tests

    April 29, 2014 12:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The consequences of Louisiana's shift to Common Core education standards would be stalled for three years, if lawmakers agree to a bill moving in the Legislature. The proposal by New Orleans Rep. Walt Leger, a Democrat, would mean that public school letter grades, teacher evaluations and student... more »
  • Bill for more elected BESE members rejected

    April 23, 2014 4:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - An effort to make more of the state education board's members elected by the public, rather than appointed by the governor, failed to win support Wednesday in the House and Governmental Affairs Committee. Currently, eight members of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education are elected from... more »
  • Parents deliver signatures for Common Core

    April 23, 2014 11:19 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A group of parents delivered a petition signed by thousands of people supporting Common Core educational standards to the state Capitol today. The group hopes their signatures will dissuade legislators from delaying or even scrapping the new standards, which have drawn criticism from some in Louisiana.... more »
  • 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 »

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