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  • $56 million in budget gaps estimated for this year

    April 16, 2015 8:09 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - As if lawmakers didn't have enough budget worries with next year's $1.6 billion shortfall, state senators learned this year's budget is short an estimated $56 million. Sherry Phillips-Hymel, the Senate's chief budget analyst, gave the Senate Finance Committee a list Wednesday of outstanding financial gaps... more »
  • Livingston schools getting word out for tax renewal check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 15, 2015 4:44 PM

    LIVINGSTON - Livingston Parish Public Schools plan to be proactive to get voters to approve a tax renewal set for the May 2 ballot. Schools in the parish will send students home with fliers to get parents to vote for the tax. The school system will also make phone... more »
  • Public talks budget at the Capitol

    April 15, 2015 8:06 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Discussions on the budget will continue at the capitol today as day three of the legislative session gets underway. Several education items are also on the senate committee's agenda. Yesterday, the public got a chance to weigh in on the current financial fiasco that's facing the state.... more »
  • Livingston hopes to sway voters to approve school tax renewal

    April 14, 2015 8:48 PM

    LIVINGSTON - The school district is hoping to convince voters to renew a tax that has been on the books for sixty years. The district begged voters in a press release Tuesday, to renew the tax that funds maintenance projects for "every school building in the school district." ... more »
  • White says Jindal budget guts student testing

    April 7, 2015 3:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's education superintendent asked lawmakers to add money to his budget for standardized testing next year. Superintendent John White says Gov. Bobby Jindal's proposal to strip $23 million from his agency's main office operations would damage the state's ability to measure student performance. White told the House... more »
  • Despite pleas, board votes to close charter school

    April 2, 2015 10:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The school board voted to revoke the charter of the Career Academy. The school has been plagued with failing school performance grades each year it has been open. Supporters argued the school, geared toward teaching students an nontraditional path to the job market through certification in... more »
  • Board picks Warren Drake as new EBR Schools Superintendent check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 2, 2015 5:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge School Board tapped former Zachary superintendent Warran Drake Thursday night to lead the parish's school system. The board voted unanimously for Drake, who was picked over other finalist Charles Michel, the director of special education for Lafourche Parish Schools. Drake worked... more »
  • Cool Schools: Cedarcrest-Southmoor Elementary check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 31, 2015 8:40 AM

    BATON ROUGE- At Cedarcrest-Southmoor elementary school students are able to dance, sing, and learn...all at the same time! "Go Noodle" is a program that's offered to schools in East Baton Rouge parish for free by Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hospital. "It's something they look forward to,"... more »
  • Illness outbreak cancels school for early spring break

    March 30, 2015 10:17 PM

    CLINTON - Classes were canceled for the next two days, effectively starting spring break earlier than usual for students at Silliman Institute. As many as 18 students are exhibiting symptoms of diarrhea and vomiting and could have E. coli. This weekend , state health leaders said at least one... more »
  • Baker's superintendent plans retirement

    March 30, 2015 5:40 PM

    BAKER - The community school system here will be searching for a new leader. Two agenda items deal with the retirement of current superintendent Ulysses Joseph. Joseph is anticipating retiring on May 28. Joseph has been superintendent since January 2011. The board will meet in a special meeting... more »
  • Study criticizes Louisiana's preschool grading method

    March 30, 2015 4:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Two education groups say Louisiana's planned method for grading its preschool programs has "serious flaws." A study by the groups says the proposed grading plan fails to detail how programs can be improved, relies too heavily on a single grade to judge quality and lacks guarantees needed... more »
  • DHH investigating illness outbreak at school, possibly E. coli

    March 27, 2015 11:03 PM

    CLINTON - Silliman canceled school Friday and it was still unclear as to if school will resume Monday after an outbreak of an illness this week. The Department of Health and Hospitals told WBRZ as many as 18 students are exhibiting symptoms of diarrhea and vomiting. The department is... more »
  • Central HS apologizes for bizarre cloak incident check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 27, 2015 10:33 PM

    CENTRAL - A high school student at the city's public school was disciplined after appearing in a white cloak and making gun-like gestures during a baseball game. The incident happened Thursday when Central played Scotlandville High. Friday, the school district confirmed there were reports of the antics filed by... more »
  • LSU president issues dire warning about cuts check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 23, 2015 12:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE - LSU President F. King Alexander painted a grim picture at the Baton Rouge Press Club as he described what the worst-case budget scenario for higher education looked like. He said under the proposed budget LSU is facing an 70 percent cut, a reduction from $110 million... more »
  • Schools nationwide struggle with substitute teacher shortage

    March 20, 2015 1:57 AM

    SOUTH BEND, IN - A shortage of substitute teachers nationwide has school districts scrambling to fill positions, with some raising pay as they try to attract more applicants as the economy improves. School officials say the problem has forced schools to divide classes when teachers are absent, making it more... more »
  • A split on whether La. heading in right or wrong direction

    March 19, 2015 2:43 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - An annual poll by the LSU Public Policy Research Lab indicates residents are evenly divided over whether Louisiana is headed in the right or wrong direction, with 44 percent saying "right" and 45 percent saying "wrong." An analysis accompanying Thursday's poll release says the numbers reflect an... more »
  • Warren Drake could be next EBR Schools superintendent

    March 18, 2015 10:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board selected former Zachary schools superintendent Warren Drake as its lone finalist for its open superintendent position. Drake, who advances to a series of parent meetings and a school board vote, was chosen out of a pool of ten. ... more »
  • Report: Blacks, Hispanics doing better but lag behind whites

    March 18, 2015 4:52 PM

    WASHINGTON - A new report says African Americans and Hispanics have improved health care and are less frequently victims of violent crimes this year than last. But the State of Black America report also shows that these minorities still lag behind whites when it comes to most areas of social... more »
  • Jindal proposes bills to fight Common Core check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 18, 2015 1:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal proposed a trio of bills Wednesday which would strip the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education of some authority to handle the state's education and shift them to the Legislature, the latest step in his efforts to end Louisiana's involvement with the Common Core... more »
  • Central parents asked to reconsider opting kids out of PARCC tests

    March 13, 2015 10:49 PM

    CENTRAL - Parents received an automated phone call from the superintendent of the city's school system, asking them to reconsider opting kids out of controversial PARCC tests. The tests, affiliated with the Common Core teaching methods, begin next week. Parents have removed kids from the tests in protest of... more »
  • 10 apply for EBR superintendent post

    March 13, 2015 2:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Ten people submitted their applications by Friday's deadline to be the next superintendent for the East Baton Rouge Parish School System. The applicants are vying to replace Superintendent Bernard Taylor, whose contract ends this summer. Taylor and the system school board were often at odds with... more »
  • Anti-Common Core activist claims Arabs influenced it check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 5, 2015 12:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Anti-Common Core activists attending a Board of Elementary and Secondary Education meeting Thursday made outlandish claims about the standards, with one saying they were opposed due to believed "Muslim bias" in textbooks associated with assessment tests connected to the standards. Common Core and its assessment exam,... more »
  • Teacher accused in student sex case bonds out of jail

    February 25, 2015 12:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE - An East Baton Rouge Parish School System band instructor bailed out of jail a month after he was booked on forcible rape and prohibited sexual conduct between an educator and a student charges. Robert M. Lewis, 30, was fired the day after he was arrested. Lewis... more »
  • 3 of 4 candidates for governor bash Common Core in debate

    February 24, 2015 1:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Three out of the four contenders to be the state's next governor attacked Louisiana's use of Common Core academic standards in a gubernatorial debate Tuesday morning. The two-hour forum, held in Shreveport, saw comment from David Vitter, John Edwards and Scott Angelle concerning the divisive, multistate... more »
  • Cool Schools: CHANGE at Donaldsonville High Play Video

    February 24, 2015 7:22 AM

    DONALDSONVILLE - If you watched the Oscars Sunday night, you noticed plenty of political messages, including discrimination, bullying and violence. That same conversation is taking place everyday in an English class at Donaldsonville High School in Ascension Parish. "CHANGE" is an acronym symbolic of Donaldsonville High students. It stands... more »
  • East Feliciana closes school Tuesday check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 23, 2015 8:26 PM

    CLINTON - School officials said they were closing public schools over concerns with forecast winter weather Tuesday. East Feliciana Parish Public Schools will be closed Tuesday, February 24. The closure was also for parish school offices. Staff and students are told to stay home. The parish is under... more »
  • LSU could cut 2,000 classes in fall check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 23, 2015 6:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE- If Governor Jindal's proposed cuts to higher education go into affect, then LSU plans to lay off hundreds of instructors and cut 2,000 classes by next fall according to LSU System President King Alexander. The Jindal administration plans to reveal its budget plans Friday for the next... more »
  • Special ed overhaul still sparks controversy in state

    February 16, 2015 11:51 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Seven months after the Legislature overhauled the way special education students can earn a traditional high school diploma state leaders are still grappling with how to do so. The law was touted as a way to help some of the state's 83,000 students with disabilities, and start... more »
  • Mason: Southern can't survive proposed cuts check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 13, 2015 12:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Southern University's system president said proposed cuts to their budget could break the SU System next year. Dr. Ronald Mason said Friday the Baton Rouge campus was already working on plans for a projected $8 million in cuts in next year's budget, only to find out... more »
  • Common Core testing on schedule, discuss opt out consequences check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 12, 2015 6:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - As educators get ready to roll out the PARCC tests to students next month, school executives met to talk about what happens if parents opt their children out of taking them. State Superintendent John White says students will have to take the tests as federal law... more »
  • School board sets timetable for hiring new superintendent

    February 11, 2015 9:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE-The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board could name a replacement superintendent as early as April 2nd. The board met Wednesday and formed the groundwork for a search, which the board will spearhead. The school board does not plan to hire a firm to help find candidates. ... more »
  • Teacher evaluation system could change check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 10, 2015 4:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Some teachers do not want student test scores weighing heavily on whether they keep their jobs. A 26-member legislative subcommittee met Tuesday to finalize recommendations to the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education on how to improve the evaluation system. Right now standardized test scores count... more »
  • College requirement nixed for New Orleans police recruits

    February 9, 2015 1:54 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - In a move to beef up police ranks, the chief of the troubled police department has done away with a requirement for recruits to have 60 hours of college education or two years of military experience. Police Superintendent Michael Harrison on Monday made his case before the... more »
  • Special ed overhaul triggers new arguments

    February 6, 2015 10:17 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A task force has voted to form yet another panel to try to resolve problems plaguing a state law aimed at making it easier for students with disabilities to get a high school diploma. Thursday's decision followed nearly four hours of often pointed exchanges on who bears... more »
  • Board starts work on replacing superintendent

    February 5, 2015 11:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Thursday, the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board formed a search committee to begin the process of replacing Superintendent Bernard Taylor. Taylor's contract is up this summer and it has already been agreed upon that he will leave. The board chose not to renew his contract... more »
  • Republicans, Democrats jockey on changing 'No Child Left Behind'

    February 5, 2015 2:37 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Outnumbered by Republicans, Democratic lawmakers are jockeying to get their views heard as Congress moves ahead with plans to change the much-maligned No Child Left Behind education law. House Democrats plan their own Capitol Hill forum on Thursday in protest of a Republican bill that would strip... more »
  • Election dates changed to fill state education board seat

    February 3, 2015 2:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Two days before the candidate sign-up period was set to start, Gov. Bobby Jindal changed the election date to fill a vacant Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education seat. Jindal moved the election for the District 4 seat representing 10 north Louisiana parishes from March 28 to... more »
  • Bakerfield Elementary eligible for state take over check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 2, 2015 5:57 PM

    BAKER - Bakerfield Elementary school is eligible for takeover by the Recovery School District following four years of failing grades. The school has consistently achieved only an "F" rating with declining scores. Superintendent Ulysses Joseph said the Baker School District is in discussions with the RSD, but there... more »
  • Beyond Bricks EBR looks to recharge public schools Play Video

    January 28, 2015 6:57 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Education is a top priority this week with Catholic Schools Week and School Choice Week. Today, Beyond Bricks EBR will also begin a community conversation about public schools. The purpose of the program is to recharge the public school system and make it something to be... more »
  • School fires teacher in student sex case check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    January 22, 2015 10:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE - School administrators fired a Scotlandville band instructor Friday who's accused of having sex with one of his students. Deputies charged Robert M. Lewis, 30, with forcible rape and prohibited sexual conduct between an educator and a student Thursday night. Lewis has been on paid leave since... more »
  • Senate committee to examine testing in schools

    January 21, 2015 2:49 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Republican-controlled Senate education panel is beginning its revision of the landmark No Child Left Behind education law. It's focusing first on the thorny issue of federally mandated testing of America's schoolchildren. The law mandated that states annually test in reading and math for grades three to... more »
  • East Feliciana superintendent gets top job in Orleans Parish

    January 21, 2015 12:13 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - East Feliciana School System superintendent Henderson Lewis was named the new superintendent of the Orleans Parish School Board Tuesday night. Lewis' hiring comes more than two years after the process started. Lewis, 40, is also a member of the St. Bernard Parish School Board. ... more »
  • Feds warn La law might set HS grad bar too low for disabled

    January 19, 2015 6:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Federal officials have renewed warnings that a state law to help special education students may violate federal laws. A letter sent last week says authorities are worried the law will illegally set standards too low for disabled students. The law lets teachers and parents put together alternative... more »
  • BESE delays action on teacher retirement study

    January 14, 2015 2:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - In a turnaround, the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has delayed action on a study of Louisiana's $12 billion teachers' retirement debt. A $143,000 study to do the review cleared a BESE committee Tuesday 8-2. But final action was delayed Wednesday until the board's March... more »
  • Livingston Parish teachers aiming for engaging classes check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    January 9, 2015 3:35 PM

    WALKER - After cracking the top 10 districts in education this school year, Livingston Parish Public Schools are looking for even more ways to get better. All middle school teachers in the parish met with some of the nation's top educators Friday. With each lecture the teachers learned how... more »
  • La. edges up, but still near bottom in education rankings

    January 8, 2015 2:28 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- Louisiana is still ranked near the bottom in the annual "Quality Counts" survey released by the publication Education Week. But the state did edge up from 49th last year to 44th in the latest rankings, which were released Thursday. The Quality Counts survey this year gives the state... more »
  • Jindal names new members to higher education boards

    January 7, 2015 5:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal has named a former LSU basketball star and a state senator's wife among four new appointees to the state's top higher education policy board. The governor's office announced Wednesday the newest Board of Regents members: -Claudia Adley, of Benton, vice president and co-owner of... more »
  • State's top school system could cut teachers check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    December 29, 2014 5:56 PM

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

    December 23, 2014 10:27 AM

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

    December 11, 2014 5:20 PM

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

    December 11, 2014 12:16 PM

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

    December 10, 2014 9:55 AM

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

    December 8, 2014 5:51 PM

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

    December 2, 2014 1:56 PM

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

    December 1, 2014 10:03 AM

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

    November 20, 2014 11:53 AM

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

    November 19, 2014 10:48 AM

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

    November 11, 2014 3:19 PM

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

    November 10, 2014 12:28 PM

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

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