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  • Important galactic announcement in Livingston Thursday is over all of our heads

    February 10, 2016 4:05 PM

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

    February 8, 2016 4:56 PM

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

    February 3, 2016 12:37 PM

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

    February 2, 2016 6:57 PM

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

    February 2, 2016 4:23 AM

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

    February 1, 2016 4:54 PM

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

    January 30, 2016 2:48 PM

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

    January 20, 2016 12:36 PM

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

    January 14, 2016 10:00 PM

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

    January 8, 2016 4:00 PM

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

    January 7, 2016 4:22 PM

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

    January 5, 2016 11:31 PM

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

    January 5, 2016 11:12 PM

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

    January 5, 2016 6:01 PM

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

    January 2, 2016 3:20 PM

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

    December 18, 2015 12:48 PM

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

    December 16, 2015 11:43 AM

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

    December 15, 2015 10:08 PM

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

    December 15, 2015 1:07 PM

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

    December 15, 2015 9:17 AM

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

    December 13, 2015 2:46 PM

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

    December 10, 2015 6:04 PM

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

    December 10, 2015 4:35 PM

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

    December 9, 2015 11:39 AM

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

    December 7, 2015 8:16 AM

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

    December 1, 2015 10:05 PM

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

    November 30, 2015 11:37 PM

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

    November 11, 2015 3:21 PM

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

    November 10, 2015 4:10 PM

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

    November 5, 2015 4:56 PM

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

    November 4, 2015 11:30 PM

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

    November 2, 2015 10:03 PM

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

    October 29, 2015 4:19 PM

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

    October 28, 2015 5:42 PM

    WATSON - Construction has started in Livingston Parish to renovate the old Live Oak High School campus to create a new school in the Watson area. The new Live Oak Junior High will take over the old, run down high school location in the Live Oak community. Contractors are working... more »
  • First lady to make solo visit to Middle East

    October 28, 2015 2:31 PM

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

    October 28, 2015 7:21 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Results from exams given to a cross section of fourth-and eighth-graders nationally showed Louisiana lagging the nation in terms of proficiency in subject matter - with improvements in some areas and declines in others. The Nation's Report Card figures released Wednesday show that, while Louisiana fourth-graders' performance improved,... more »
  • Common Core supporters hold onto BESE seats

    October 25, 2015 12:56 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Despite outcries from people opposed to Common Core, many members of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education who support the standards won back their seats. Six of the eight BESE races went to people who supported Common Core, and two people who lost their seats... more »
  • Old school transformed into hunting lodge; now it's for sale

    October 23, 2015 3:32 PM

    PECAN ISLAND - The kids are gone and there are no more tests being administered in classrooms, but one coastal school has a few more lessons to teach and they all deal with living the great life along the Gulf of Mexico. The 51-year-old Pecan Island School has been... more »
  • La. Common Core test results 'roughly comparable' to past

    October 12, 2015 3:19 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana's education chief says student performance on new, more rigorous standardized tests aligned to Common Core standards was "roughly comparable" to results from tests used in the past. However, math performance was lower. And the percentage of students who show what state officials currently consider "mastery"... more »
  • Board approves putting old school building up for sale

    October 6, 2015 10:05 PM

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

    October 6, 2015 12:17 AM

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

    October 2, 2015 11:51 AM

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

    October 2, 2015 11:23 AM

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

    October 2, 2015 11:21 AM

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

    October 1, 2015 10:12 PM

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

    September 23, 2015 6:46 PM

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

    September 17, 2015 11:51 PM

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

    September 17, 2015 9:27 PM

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

    September 16, 2015 6:02 PM

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

    September 16, 2015 1:21 PM

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

    September 10, 2015 8:58 AM

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

    September 8, 2015 11:11 AM

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

    September 8, 2015 8:56 AM

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

    September 1, 2015 10:58 PM

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

    August 31, 2015 9:12 AM

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

    August 24, 2015 5:35 PM

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

    August 20, 2015 8:54 PM

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

    August 18, 2015 4:21 PM

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

    August 11, 2015 8:16 AM

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

    August 11, 2015 7:53 AM

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

    August 6, 2015 11:23 PM

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

    August 6, 2015 10:30 PM

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

    August 5, 2015 10:46 PM

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

    August 5, 2015 3:24 PM

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

    August 4, 2015 5:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Students in East Baton Rouge Parish could have an easier time making the grades to participate in after school activities. Newly appointed Superintendent Warren Drake wants to lower the required grade point average from a 2.0 to a 1.5 to give more kids a chance to participate.... more »
  • Obama administration wants to give prisoners Pell grants

    July 28, 2015 3:02 PM

    WASHINGTON - Education Secretary Arne Duncan says the Obama administration wants to expand the Pell grant program to prisoners. He and Attorney General Loretta Lynch will visit the Maryland Correctional Institution in Jessup, Maryland, on Friday to announce the plans. In a speech Monday, Duncan said the administration wants to... more »
  • After complaints over heat, all students can wear shorts to school

    July 27, 2015 5:50 PM

    AMITE - As promised last week, public school leaders announced a uniform policy change because of concerns the temperature will be too hot to handle when school starts next week. Mark Kolwe, the Tangipahoa Parish Schools superintendent, said all students will be able to wear shorts. Previously, only kids... more »
  • Not this year, but board to talk about heat and school start dates

    July 21, 2015 10:42 PM

    AMITE - The start of school will not change for students in Tangipahoa Parish, despite pleas from some parents to delay the first day of classes because of the heat. A group created a Change.org petition, then presented their concerns and the petition - with thousands of signatures -... more »
  • Parents say it's too hot to start school in August

    July 21, 2015 12:54 AM

    AMITE - Parents will ask the public school system in Tangipahoa Parish to delay the start of the school year over heat concerns. "School is starting tin two weeks and this week, you looked up 'ten day forecast,' and it's still high temperatures with the kids going to school,"... more »
  • Louisiana Tech to end fee paid only by female students

    July 17, 2015 11:11 AM

    RUSTON - Louisiana Tech University will discontinue a fee paid only by full-time, female students that caused a student to file a Title IX complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Department of Education. Dave Guerin, executive director of university communications, says the university will restructure its fees.... more »
  • Higher numbers of La. students reach college-ready ACT score

    July 16, 2015 12:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's education department says the number of public high school seniors who scored well enough on the ACT standardized test to enter college without remedial work continues to grow. The department released updated data Thursday. Of the latest group of graduating seniors, 24,619 students earned an ACT... more »
  • WBRZ's Unstuff the Bus Play Video

    July 16, 2015 9:32 AM

    BATON ROUGE- WBRZ wants to thank everyone who participated in our annual Stuff the Bus Supply Drive! Thanks to your generosity we were able to fill five school buses with almost $40,000 in school supplies. This morning, News 2's Rebecca Buchanan was at Capitol Elementary helping volunteers sift through the... more »
  • Senate clears way for final vote on No Child rewrite

    July 15, 2015 1:33 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Senate has cleared the way for a vote by Thursday on a bipartisan bill to rewrite the Bush-era No Child Left Behind education law. Lawmakers have been considering the bill since last week. They voted Wednesday to limit additional debate on further changes to the legislation and... more »
  • WBRZ's Stuff the Bus Supply Drive Play Video

    July 15, 2015 10:11 AM

    BATON ROUGE- WBRZ is stuffing the bus! Today we're collecting school supplies for our annual Stuff the Bus campaign. This year we are helping students in both East and West Baton Rouge Parish. We have two locations collecting school supplies: 1. Walmart on College Drive in Baton Rouge (3132... more »
  • Iberville school board denies request for charter school

    July 14, 2015 11:13 AM

    ST. GABRIEL - After the Iberville Parish School Board denied its application to open a charter school, the group of North Iberville parents and community leaders pushing for the school will now have to appeal to the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. The Advocate reports the board's unanimous... more »
  • Breakfast with 2une In: Cecil J. Picard Educator Excellence Symposium Play Video

    July 10, 2015 10:46 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The state will be celebrating some of the best educators in the state this weekend in Baton Rouge. Hundreds of principals and teachers will gather to honor the "Superintendent of the Year," "Principal of the Year" and the "Teacher of the Year." The Louisiana Department of Education... more »
  • Lafayette considering common grading system for high schools

    July 10, 2015 7:17 AM

    LAFAYETTE- Lafayette Parish School System educators are working out a common grading system for high schools as part of a review of the parish's pupil progression plan. The school system's new chief academic officer, Annette Samec, informed school board members of the potential common grading system during Wednesday's board meeting.... more »
  • Expulsions for uniform violations barred for young students

    June 30, 2015 7:52 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana's public schools are prohibited from suspending or expelling elementary school students for violating school uniform rules. Gov. Bobby Jindal's office announced Monday that the Republican governor had signed into law the bill by Sen. Sharon Weston Broome, a Baton Rouge Democrat. The prohibition covers students in preschool... more »
  • Layoffs begin in Baker school district

    June 24, 2015 7:56 AM

    BAKER- Superintendent Herman Brister says some teachers and staff have already been laid off as part of a plan to save the Baker School District $1.2 million. Brister, who replaced outgoing superintendent Ulysses Joseph on May 28, could not confirm how many employees of the Baker School District have received... more »
  • Some Louisiana universities to test new admission standards

    June 18, 2015 7:46 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The state Board of Regents has agreed to test new admissions standards for some of Louisiana's universities. Under the new policy, four-year regional institutions will be able to admit students who require a developmental, or remedial course. Currently, a student who scores on the ACT below an 18... more »
  • New junior high school coming to Livingston Parish Play Video

    June 17, 2015 5:24 PM

    WATSON - The Livingston Parish School Board will open bids Thursday on a $4 million project to create a new school in the Watson area. The new Live Oak Junior High will take over the old, run down high school location in the Live Oak community. The new junior... more »
  • Superintendent: Major changes coming to Baker schools

    June 17, 2015 11:16 AM

    BAKER - Incoming Superintendent Herman Brister Sr. says laying off some non-tenured teachers is part of a plan to save $1.2 million for the Baker School District. Brister released his plan at Tuesday night's school board meeting. He says his goal is to present a balanced budget. Brister says some... more »
  • 4 South Louisiana organizations get New Markets Tax Credits

    June 17, 2015 7:22 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Four South Louisiana organizations have received a total of $220 million in federal New Markets Tax Credits, which they plan to invest in small businesses that create quality jobs and in projects that offer education and health care to poor people. AMCREF Community Capital, Capital One Community... more »
  • Ascension schools spending big for upgrades

    June 16, 2015 11:12 PM

    GONZALES - The Ascension Parish School Board decided to spend nearly $2 million to upgrade three schools over the summer. The school system will build an addition to the gymnasium at Donaldsonville High School, add five new classrooms at Galvez Middle School and upgrade utilities at St. Amant High... more »
  • BRCC losing president to Memphis college

    June 11, 2015 9:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge Community College leaders will have to selected a new president since Andrea Lewis Miller is leaving the college. Miller is taking the open president position at her Alma mater, LeMoyne-Owen College in Memphis. Miller's decision to leave Baton Rouge was confirmed by WBRZ News... more »
  • Dolores Spikes memorial service set for today

    June 9, 2015 9:04 AM

    BATON ROUGE- A memorial service for former Southern University system president, Dr. Dolores Spikes, will be held today in Baton Rouge. Spikes was the first woman in the United States to head a university system. She passed away last week. A memorial service will be held tonight at... more »
  • SU announces three finalists for chancellor-president post

    May 28, 2015 11:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The search committee overseeing the process of selecting the new chancellor-president of both Southern University in Baton Rouge and the Southern University System announced finalists for the combined position Thursday evening. System President Ronald Mason's contract expires June 30, and the Baton Rouge campus has been... more »
  • $3.7B school funding formula wins unanimous support in House

    May 28, 2015 12:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers in the Louisiana House have backed a nearly $3.7 billion financing formula for public schools that would boost funding $85 million next year. Nearly half of the increase - about $41 million - is because more students are expected to attend public schools in the upcoming... more »
  • House backs Common Core compromise as Jindal gets on board

    May 27, 2015 5:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana House has agreed to the main planks of a Common Core compromise, appearing to quiet the controversy over the education standards for the legislative session. Near-unanimous votes Wednesday for the two bills came as Gov. Bobby Jindal announced his support for the deal. One bill... more »
  • In unanimous vote, Baker selects Brister for superintendent

    May 26, 2015 8:43 PM

    BAKER - In a unanimous decision, the City of Baker School Board hired Herman Brister as its next superintendent. Brister is currently the Associate Superintendent for Instructional Support Services for the East Baton Rouge Parish School System. The Baker board made its decision to hire him away from the... more »
  • Teacher registers as sex offender after getting plea deal Play Video

    May 18, 2015 11:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A teacher took a plea deal that keeps her from going to jail, but requires she register as a sex offender following her arrest for having sex with a student earlier this school year. According to a sex offender database, Ashley Dowden registered Friday. Court documents... more »

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