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  • Most teachers 'effective' or 'highly effective'

    October 22, 2014 3:39 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A new state report says 92 percent of public school teachers were rated either effective or highly effective in the second year of a statewide evaluation process. Last year, the figure was 89 percent. The latest figures were released Wednesday. The new system does not yet require... more »
  • Cassidy slams union lawsuit over charter schools

    October 6, 2014 11:46 AM

    BATON ROUGE - U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy is criticizing a teacher union for filing a lawsuit that could strip money for some charter schools from Louisiana's public school financing formula. Cassidy is the leading Republican candidate in Louisiana's U.S. Senate race. He called on Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu, who is... 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 »
  • New magnet programs in Baton Rouge schools include Mandarin Chinese, broadcasting Play Video

    July 29, 2014 8:33 AM

    BATON ROUGE - If you still have not decided where to send your child to school when class resumes this fall, there are some new magnet programs in Baton Rouge schools that could help you make up your mind. Polk Elementary School is offering a Mandarin Chinese Program for... more »
  • Education dept. working on student privacy changes

    June 17, 2014 3:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state education board is steering up to $1 million to an education department effort to create a new identification system for public school students that doesn't use social security numbers. The use of unique student identification numbers is required under a recently-passed bill seeking more protections... more »
  • Bill to allow nativity scenes in schools passes

    May 22, 2014 12:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's public schools will be given explicit authority to put up nativity scenes and Christmas trees as part of a holiday display, under a bill that received final passage with a unanimous Senate vote Thursday. "This bill allows for clarification," said Sen. A.G. Crowe, R-Slidell. "The Supreme... more »
  • Senate debate resubmitted school financing proposal

    May 19, 2014 12:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Senate will debate an updated $3.6 billion formula to pay for Louisiana's public schools next year, after the Senate's budget committee voted 10-1 Monday for the latest version submitted by state education leaders. The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education rewrote the 2014-15 school financing... more »
  • Senate approves public school switch bill

    April 16, 2014 4:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Students at poor-performing public schools could have the possibility of switching to higher-performing schools, under a bill that received the unanimous support Wednesday of the Senate. Sen. Ben Nevers, D-Bogalusa, said he proposed Senate Bill 61 to offer choice to public school students, like the state has... more »
  • La. public school funding short $55M this year

    April 8, 2014 3:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State lawmakers have learned that they face education financing gaps totaling $105 million over two years. Superintendent of Education John White told the House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday that his department is $55 million short of what is needed to cover the costs of this year's public... more »
  • BESE delays decision on $3.5B school funding plan

    March 7, 2014 12:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has stalled action on a $3.5 billion annual school funding formula due to state lawmakers by March 15. BESE members said Friday they wanted more time to work on the spending proposal, which would pay for the operations... more »
  • Mississippi enacting youth concussion law

    January 27, 2014 1:29 PM

    JACKSON, Ms. - Mississippi could enact a law requiring public and private schools to evaluate student athletes for concussion after they're shaken up during practice or competition. A player with a concussion would be banned from play until fully recovered. The House and Senate have passed House Bill 48 (http://bit.ly/1cWl94o... more »
  • Decisions on public school funding delayed

    December 13, 2013 9:01 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The final meeting of a task force considering changes to Louisiana's public school financing formula has been abruptly canceled. Friday's meeting had been planned for deciding which recommendations to forward to the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. The cancellation came as some task force members... more »
  • Most teachers pass new evaluations in first year

    September 3, 2013 11:09 AM

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

    July 10, 2013 7:25 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana teachers are continuing to retire at higher-than-usual numbers - more than 7,500 in the last two years. The number of retirements in 2013 increased from the 24 percent increase last year. Dana Vicknair, assistant director at Teachers Retirement System of Louisiana, says the figure... more »
  • Senators reject new school funding formula

    May 21, 2013 11:41 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Senators have killed a $3.5 billion public school funding proposal submitted to lawmakers by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. The Senate Education Committee voted Tuesday to reject the formula, because of concerns about proposed changes to special education and gifted student payments to schools. The... more »
  • State appeals voucher ruling in court Play Video

    March 19, 2013 10:03 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana Supreme Court justices will hear arguments this afternoon from state attorneys as they appeal the ruling against the controversial school voucher program. Supporters of the program gathered on the courthouse steps to hold a rally this morning. District Court Judge Tim Kelley ruled the... more »
  • State accepting school voucher applications

    February 13, 2013 10:58 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Applications are available for the Louisiana Scholarship Program for the 2013 - 2014 school year. Last year, more than 10,000 students applied for the controversial program. State Superintendent John White says they were only able to accommodate nearly 5,000 of those students and "that means we... more »
  • Appeal court: teacher furlough day illegal

    November 15, 2012 3:51 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A state appeal court says that the Jefferson Parish Public School System illegally cut teachers' pay by imposing an unpaid day of leave for every teacher in the district. The Jefferson Federation of Teachers sued the school board after it ordered the furlough. District Judge Steve Windhorst... more »
  • Some parents opting to homeschool their children Play Video

    May 9, 2012 5:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Due to frustrations with t Louisiana's public school system, dozens of parents in Baton Rouge have decided to home school their children. But the parents we spoke to aren't home schooling their children on their own, but instead paying someone else to do it. Terri... more »
  • Private school parents questioning state's plan to offer free ACT test Play Video

    April 19, 2012 10:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Some people are upset over a new initiative in Louisiana to use taxpayer dollars to pay for every high school junior to take a college entrance exam for free. The move, costing $2 million a year, will be paid for from the State Department of Education's budget,... more »
  • LSU students help spruce up EBR schools

    August 21, 2010 10:25 AM

    Hundreds of LSU students, faculty and staff members are working to spruce up 16 public schools in East Baton Rouge Parish. Community Bound is an annual day of service to public schools sponsored by several Louisiana State University organizations, including Volunteer LSU. Chancellor Martin will lead one group... more »
  • Enrollment period renews voucher debate

    March 23, 2010 6:27 PM

    More than a thousand new applicants for state-funded private school tuition in New Orleans pleases supporters of the voucher program. But it's a touchy subject for lawmakers in other areas of the state who fear the growth of the program means less moeny for public schools. Gov. Bobby... more »

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