March 4, 2014 7:31 PM
SAN FRANCISCO- A transgender teen who claimed to police on Monday he was savagely beaten and sexually assaulted at school recanted on Tuesday.
It came after further questions from detectives in Hercules, a suburb of San Francisco.
The 15-year-old first claimed three boys attacked him in a bathroom... more »
February 28, 2014 2:09 PM
BATON ROUGE- Mack "Bodi" White, a republican senator from Central, is reportedly pre-filing a bill to create four independent school districts in East Baton Rouge Parish.
The districts would be under an "umbrella" of schools in East Baton Rouge.
One of them would be the Southeast district that... more »
February 25, 2014 5:48 PM
BATON ROUGE - New regulations came today for healthier advertisements on school campuses.
The next step in First Lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" campaign to fight obesity is to make advertisements at schools follow the school nutrition standards. The new regulations prohibit ads for what's considered unhealthy foods on... more »
February 14, 2014 5:05 PM
BATON ROUGE- The father of two children, whose mother is wanted by police for letting the kids miss a combined 137 days of school, claims he hasn't abused their mother and wants the kids back in class.
When Ramon Odds learned his children had missed a large portion of... more »
February 12, 2014 6:29 PM
BATON ROUGE- Police are looking for a woman who they said let her kids skip a combined 137 days of school this year.
Kenyetta Criss, 33, is accused of letting her 8-year old and 11-year old children miss at least 60 days of school each without excuses.
The... more »
February 5, 2014 6:00 PM
PRAIRIEVILLE- Ascension Parish Schools are one of nine districts in the state and three in our area highlighted for their use of technology in schools Wednesday.
In the past two years the state has increased technology in school districts, with 47 districts meeting the state's expectations of one computer... more »
January 23, 2014 2:03 PM
UNDATED- The threat of potential winter weather in south Louisiana has caused schools across the region.
Here is a list of all schools that will be closed on Friday:
* St. James - Announce mid-morning they would close immediately because of declining weather conditions
* Alfred G.... more »
January 15, 2014 10:33 PM
NAPOLEONVILLE - Two schools are under attack from a termite that has eaten nearly half a gymnasium.
The gym at Napoleonville Primary has been shut down after a colony of Formosan Subterranean Termite infested the building. The termite is known for destroying homes and eating any untreated woods in... more »
January 8, 2014 2:50 PM
SHREVEPORT- A student at Youree Drive Middle School in Shreveport has been arrested after allegedly bringing a 9mm clip loaded with bullets to campus. The school was locked down for nearly two hours Wednesday as police searched for weapons after authorities discovered the gun magazine. Caddo Parish Schools System officials... more »
January 6, 2014 2:25 PM
MONROE- A Ouachita Parish School System spokeswoman says attendance appears normal in spite of an online hoax saying cold would close schools on Monday. Aline Smead says Superintendent Bob Webber and attorneys are discussing whether to ask police to investigate the fake notice posted Sunday on social media sites. She... more »
December 13, 2013 5:37 PM
GONZALES - The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office teamed up with Ascension Schools to initiate three surprise active shooter drills.
The drills simulated an intruder on campus and tested the readiness of teachers, students and staff.
During the drill, sheriff's deputies walked the halls to ensure every door was... more »
December 12, 2013 9:40 PM
BATON ROUGE - The federal government has had its eye on a charter school company at the center of an FBI raid since for at least two years, documents uncovered by the WBRZ News 2 Investigative Unit show.
Wednesday, federal agents stormed the Kenilworth charter school. They spent hours... more »
December 12, 2013 8:54 AM
ALEXANDRIA- More than 20 school buses in the Rapides Parish School District are older than the students they carry. Twenty-four of the local school district's fleet are from 1998 - most purchased used in 2003 - and are the oldest of those used for daily routes. Rapides' Director of Transportation... more »
December 10, 2013 4:12 PM
BATON ROUGE- A family is demanding answers after they claim their six-year-old was molested by another kindergartner at Audubon Elementary last week.
The incident occurred while the students were on a bathroom break using the buddy system.
"The young lady stripped completely naked, kissed my daughter and straddled... more »
December 5, 2013 11:08 PM
BATON ROUGE- Nelson Mandela's legacy is being remembered in the wake of his death. The icon is memorialized on the Southern University campus at the school for public policy.
"The story of his life reveals the fact that human capacity with a strong will can overcome any amount of... more »
December 5, 2013 6:16 AM
AMITE- The Tangipahoa Parish School Board has denied two charter school applications and tabled discussion on another. On Wednesday, the board shot down applications for Life Preparatory Academy and Hammond Charter Academy. It deferred a vote on Tangi Academy until later in December, when a special meeting is expected to... more »
December 4, 2013 2:36 PM
HARTFORD, Conn.- Recordings of 911 calls from the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting show town dispatchers calmly responding to a janitor, a teacher and others and assuring them help is coming. The operators urge the people inside the school to take cover as they reach out to town officials and... more »
December 3, 2013 7:11 AM
DONALDSONVILLE- The Ascension Parish School Board learned over the weekend that the organizers of a potential charter school have withdrawn their application for now, leaving only one applicant to make a presentation before the board. The news came before a public hearing on charter school applications set for Tuesday at... more »
November 20, 2013 6:01 PM
BATON ROUGE - A new policy endorsed by the East Baton Rouge Parish School System Central Office grants students at certain schools the right to re-do assignments and re-take tests regardless of their grade.
Belaire and Tara High Schools were the first to roll out the new policy defining... more »
November 18, 2013 7:52 AM
CENTRAL - Voters in Central approved a school proposition to allow the district to borrow $13.1 million and repay the bonds by extending an existing property tax for five years.
The measure passed with 59 percent of the vote.
The funds will be used to build a ninth-grade... more »
November 13, 2013 2:54 PM
PITTSBURGH - School officials say three people were shot in or near a Pittsburgh high school, and police are searching for a gunman. School officials say three students were shot outside Brashear High School on Wednesday afternoon as they walked to a vehicle they'd all taken to school earlier in... more »
October 31, 2013 9:43 AM
ST. FRANCISVILLE - School leaders in West Feliciana Parish say a student in their district will face disciplinary action for allegedly bringing a weapon on school grounds.
According to Superintendent Hollis Milton, someone alerted staff members Wednesday that a student had an unloaded firearm while participating in an extracurricular... more »
October 30, 2013 10:01 AM
NEW ORLEANS - Attorneys for the Justice Department are asking for more time to provide documents to the state over a case involving the state's private school voucher program.
The attorneys say the recent government shutdown has delayed their ability to compile the documents and have asked for a... more »
October 29, 2013 10:48 PM
BATON ROUGE- A community is planning a theoretical funeral, since the state-run school system is closing a nearly century old institution.
Closing Istrouma High School at the end of the school year will also cost dozens of teachers and staff their jobs. Tuesday, the Recovery School District announced Istrouma... more »
October 28, 2013 11:03 PM
CENTRAL- Enacting tougher requirements for attendance in Central City Schools was delayed Monday night.
The school board was scheduled to vote on changes that would have required parents show voter registration cards, utility bills, or proof of insurance of a primary residence inside city limits to get their kids... more »
October 24, 2013 7:31 AM
BATON ROUGE - State education officials will release Thursday the latest evaluations of public schools and school districts - including letter grades that take into account student achievement on state standardized tests and additional measures of student success.
State Superintendent of Education John White says the grading system has... more »
October 16, 2013 8:50 AM
SUNSET- The newly formed Louisiana High School Boxing Association is getting ready for its inaugural Hall of Fame Induction and Reunion. The event is set for Sunday afternoon in the city of Sunset at the Sunset Events Center. In a news release, the group says 33 former prep boxers and... more »
October 14, 2013 5:40 PM
CENTRAL - The Central School System recently proposed beefing up requirements to prove students who enroll in their schools actually live in the district.
Superintendent Michael Faulk was asked by the community and the school board to strengthen the residency requirements. The proposed rules would require parents to provide... more »
October 10, 2013 5:22 PM
GONZALES- The new GW Carver Primary School on Cornerview is just days away from welcoming its first students.
The school will replace the old campus, where renovations weren't cost effective.
Today, crews worked to pack up the last of the school as students continue to learn despite the... more »
October 9, 2013 2:03 PM
OPELOUSAS- Six students arrested after a disturbance at Opelousas High School will begin serving a month in the Opelousas jail Thursday. Judge Vanessa Harris dropped charges against two students, saying they had tried to break up the fight. The six students - four 17-year-olds and two 18-year-olds - will serve... more »
October 1, 2013 10:30 PM
ASCENSION PARISH - An educational initiative has some Louisiana parents saying they have no voice when it comes to their child's education.
"The nation itself doesn't understand our values here," said parent Crystal Matherne.
The Common Core initiative defines what students need to learn in English and mathematics.... more »
September 27, 2013 10:54 PM
CENTRAL- School leaders have disciplined a junior high school student after she took pictures, possibly video, of another student changing in the girls' locker room this week and then posted the footage on YouTube. It happened at Central Middle School.
Superintendent Michael Faulk said he could not discuss the... more »
September 27, 2013 10:18 AM
BATON ROUGE - Sheriff's deputies warned two East Baton Rouge Parish schools to heighten security while they searched for a suspect in connection with a series of burglaries today.
Sheriff's office spokesperson Casey Rayborn Hicks said Parkview Oaks Elementary and Middle School were placed on "Hold and Secure," which... more »
September 25, 2013 11:42 AM
NEW ORLEANS - The inspector general for the city of New Orleans can investigate the Orleans Parish School Board.
State District Court Judge Christopher Bruno made the ruling that was released today.
The School Board was denied a request to throw out a subpoena of the board's financial... more »
September 25, 2013 9:08 AM
TULSA, Okla. - A teenager has been convicted of plotting to kill students and teachers in a mass shooting at a northeastern Oklahoma high school.
The Washington County jury on Tuesday found 19-year-old Sammie Chavez guilty of planning to cause bodily harm and recommended a 30-month prison term. The... more »
September 23, 2013 3:04 PM
WATSON- A teenager has been booked into juvenile jail after being arrested with a hatchet, knife and pellet gun near schools in Livingston Parish Monday.
The sheriff's office did not release the name of the 15-year-old, because of his age.
Deputies said the teenager was stopped on Cecil... more »
September 17, 2013 9:15 AM
GREENSBURG- The St. Helena Parish School Board is appealing a federal judge's decision to deny the board a new trial after the judge rejected the parish's request to offer middle school grades to its students. U.S. District Judge James J. Brady shot down a request in August by the school... more »
September 15, 2013 12:10 PM
LAFAYETTE - Lafayette Parish schools need more computers and must upgrade current devices to keep pace with other Louisiana districts and adequately prepare for online standardized tests. In a recent report, state education officials said the parish does not meet minimum device standards or a minimum student-to-testing-device ratio of 7:1.... more »
September 12, 2013 5:59 PM
GONZALES - Increased tax revenue is fueling a plan to expand high schools in Ascension Parish.
The boost in tax money has already been promised to construction projects for the school system, and that could turn into freshman academies at East Ascension, St. Amant, and Dutchtown High Schools.
... more »
September 12, 2013 2:56 PM
BATON ROUGE- An eighth-grader at Beechwood Superintendent Academy in Baton Rouge has been arrested after an unloaded gun was found in his back pack. The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office says an on-campus deputy was notified by a school administrator who received a tip about a weapon at the... more »
September 11, 2013 6:06 PM
BATON ROUGE - Today, a class full of third graders in Baton Rouge heard about what happened in New York City, Washington and Pennsylvania 12 years ago.
Their textbooks don't have any lessons about the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, but teachers helped educate the... more »
September 5, 2013 4:38 PM
BATON ROUGE - Education officials asked for more time today to respond to a Justice Department petition seeking a stop to Louisiana's voucher program.
The state Department of Education's motion said they needed more time to prepare information about students who received vouchers for the 2013-2014 school year.
... more »
September 5, 2013 11:42 AM
BATON ROUGE - Hundreds of employees in the Southern University System may soon get raises.
On Friday, the Southern Board of Supervisors will consider across the board salary increases for faculty and staff at Southern's Law School, Ag Center and New Orleans campus.
The raises will be up... more »
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 »
August 30, 2013 2:30 PM
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Police say one student was wounded in a shooting at a North Carolina high school and that another student is in custody as a suspect A statement from police said officers responded to a shooting report about 2:30 p.m. Friday at Carver High School. It is on... more »
August 27, 2013 8:49 AM
NEW ORLEANS- An audit finds a Head Start contractor in New Orleans didn't enroll enough preschoolers to justify its federal grant. The report from the state legislative auditor's office says the nonprofit Total Community Action needed at least 2,510 students to comply with its grant but had enrolled only 1,951... more »
August 27, 2013 7:54 AM
MONROE, Conn. - Students at the Connecticut school where 20 first-graders and six educators were killed in December are returning to classes Tuesday in a neighboring town.
Newtown's first day of school is Tuesday. The Sandy Hook Elementary School students are being bused to the neighboring town of Monroe,... more »
August 22, 2013 3:55 PM
WHITE CASTLE - Sheriff's deputies said no one was hurt after a bus crash in Iberville Parish this afternoon.
Deputies said it happened around 3:40 on LA 1 south of Plaquemine near Random Oaks.
Witnesses said the bus ran off the road and into a ditch in that... more »
August 22, 2013 7:17 AM
DECATUR, Ga. - The 911 tapes from a standoff and shooting at an Atlanta-area school show how a school employee's calm demeanor and kind approach helped end the ordeal without any injuries.
Police said that school bookkeeper Antoinette Tuff was heroic in how she responded after being taken hostage... more »
August 21, 2013 1:56 PM
BONNER SPRINGS, Kan. - A school bus has overturned in northeast Kansas and some children have been injured. The accident occurred Wednesday afternoon in Bonner Springs. A spokeswoman for Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., says the hospital was preparing to receive at least eight children. Television images showed... more »
August 21, 2013 12:12 PM
DECATUR, Ga. - Students at an Atlanta-area elementary school are attending classes today at a nearby high school. They were evacuated yesterday from their elementary school because of gunfire at the school. Police say a man armed with an assault rifle and other weapons was able to slip into the... more »
August 20, 2013 3:47 PM
DECATUR, Ga. - A police chief says the suspect in a Georgia elementary school shooting fired from inside the school and officers returned fire. DeKalb County Police Chief Cedric L. Alexander said at a news conference that the gunman who had an assault rifle was able to get into Ronald... more »
August 15, 2013 10:24 PM
BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board deliberated for three hours, discussing ways to improve teacher effectiveness.
Thursday night, the board approved a strategic plan for the 2013 school year that would mean the district's worst teachers could be fired. Under the plan, a teacher rated... more »
August 15, 2013 6:08 PM
BATON ROUGE- The East Baton Rouge Parish School board is discussing ways to improve teacher effectiveness as part of their strategic plan for the 2013 school year.
> UPDATE: Thursday night, the school system approved a plan that would mean the district's worst teachers could be fired. First, bad... more »
August 14, 2013 10:22 AM
CENTRAL- Parents in Central and Zachary say they're experiencing problems with the FIRST Student bus system.
One Central parent told News 2 her child arrived home after 5 p.m. Tuesday.
News 2's Adrian Pittman gets answers from the school system tonight on News 2 at 4. more »
August 13, 2013 10:36 AM
LAFAYETTE - Officials say the Lafayette Parish School System will need millions of dollars over the next few years if schools are to improve. Besides using reserve funds, the only option is for the district to ask for more money from taxpayers, either in the form of higher sales taxes,... more »
August 12, 2013 5:53 PM
BATON ROUGE - Harmful contaminants found on school playgrounds have parents worried about their children's safety.
"I want to make sure my kids are safe at school," said Alham Saad. " And that this isn't going to affect their health."
In February, News 2's Investigative Unit tested soil... more »
August 10, 2013 6:23 PM
BATON ROUGE - It was announced only a couple of days ago, but word of the job fair still spread.
"I just graduated actually from Michigan, so I decided to come down here. I was physical education major and I graduated in may," says Taylor Turcott.
Dozens of... more »
August 9, 2013 12:04 PM
BATON ROUGE - School zones will be in effect across Baton Rouge and strictly enforced starting Monday morning.
School crossing guards will be out early in the morning and motorists are urged to exercise caution around schools and bus stops.
20 mph school zones will be in effect... more »
August 7, 2013 6:24 PM
GEISMAR- School is back in session in Ascension Parish and some students at Dutchtown Primary are facing the music.
It's part of a grant started by Kathleen Guedry, a PE teacher at the school, that incorporates music into Phys Ed classes to help teach students math and social studies... more »
August 7, 2013 1:24 PM
HAMMOND- School leaders in Tangipahoa Parish are trying to figure out how to handle the start of school at Hammond Eastside Elementary School after a fire there Wednesday morning.
Witnesses shared a picture of the inferno with news partner ActionNews17.com . It showed a glowing fire inside the school... more »
August 7, 2013 10:51 AM
GONZALES - Kids returned to school in Ascension Parish today, though some won't stay in their classrooms all year.
Work on the new G. W. Carver Primary School in Gonzales won't be completed until October, so students are starting the year still on the old campus.
The district... more »
August 6, 2013 5:51 PM
PRAIRIEVILLE - As students prepare to go back to school tomorrow, construction crews are scrambling to prepare the campus for nearly 900 new people at Prairieville Middle School.
The school is undergoing a $15-million dollar renovation, including a new cafeteria and new classroom building. The cafeteria is completed, but... more »
August 6, 2013 8:10 AM
GREENSBURG - A federal judge denied a request by the St. Helena Parish School Board to let the parish offer middle school grades to its students. Judge James J. Brady effectively upheld his May 2010 order that gave control over the poorly performing St. Helena Central Middle School to the... more »
July 31, 2013 5:47 PM
BATON ROUGE- A Baton Rouge voucher school is racing against time as they prepare for a significant increase in students. Hosanna Christian Academy is almost doubling its enrollment in voucher students. They'll have more than 500 this year, the largest amount in the parish.
There was doubt earlier in... more »
July 26, 2013 6:02 PM
NEW ROADS- John Cline, a Pointe Coupee Justice of the Peace, who also drives school buses for the parish, was sentenced to 30 days in jail alongside a five year suspended sentence for stealing from a Livonia grocery store in 2011.
Cline's attorney filed an appeal immediately after the... more »
July 26, 2013 9:10 AM
BATON ROUGE- While the high-stakes test called LEAP ends next year, state Superintendent of Education John White says some sort of measuring stick will likely remain for future students in key grades. White said Thursday what any such replacement will look like and other details will start being discussed by... more »
July 25, 2013 6:06 PM
GONZALES - The new G.W. Carver Primary school is nearly complete, but won't be ready for the first day of school. Weather delays during construction pushed the opening date back until October.
Across town, Ascension Schools are installing new temporary classroom buildings, known as 't-buildings,' at Central Primary School.... more »
July 23, 2013 6:31 PM
ST. FRANCISVILLE - Nearly a month after 80 iPads and a laptop were stolen from West Feliciana High School, investigators said five arrested suspects are cooperating.
Deputies arrested twin brothers Robert and Roderick Washington, 17, of St. Francisville along with three juveniles, ages 14, 15, and 16 on burglary... more »