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  • Skeet tournament raises money for graduating seniors

    March 23, 2018 5:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Students graduating from eleven area high schools will receive $30,000 in tuition assistance through Neighbors Federal Credit Union and its Sporting Clays Tournament. A recent tourney raised $19,535 for the fund. “We cannot be more excited for this tremendous impact on the lives of local... more »
  • School district: Nothing questionable in reporting of gun at school Play Video

    February 26, 2018 3:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Public relations officials with the East Baton Rouge Parish School System said Monday afternoon, all protocols were followed when a teacher found an unloaded gun in the backpack of a student at Wedgewood Elementary Friday. The gun was discovered as students were packing their bags for... more »
  • Current, former students call for new McKinley High School

    February 7, 2018 12:36 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The East Baton Rouge School Board hopes to spend about $35 million renovating McKinley High School, but many are not satisfied. "We've been forgotten is how we feel," said Dale Flowers with the McKinley Alumni Association. "We didn't complain when other schools received what they received, we... more »
  • Livingston Parish approves purchase of a dozen new school buses Play Video

    February 1, 2018 7:52 PM

    LIVINGSTON PARISH - It's been a long and expensive road to recovery for the Livingston Parish School District. The district purchased 57 new buses last year after more than 60 were lost to flood damage in 2016. Thursday night, the Transportation Department approved a proposal to buy a dozen... more »
  • Make-up snow days dip into Mardi Gras break in Pointe Coupee Parish

    January 26, 2018 8:02 PM

    NEW ROADS - We're barely a month in, but this winter is already a memorable one. Two snow storms and multiple road closures canceled school in several districts across the area. Now, schools are having to decide when they're going to make up those days. For some, the decision... more »
  • Glen Oaks High to be repaired Play Video

    January 26, 2018 12:04 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Students at Glen Oaks High School won't be going back to temporary buildings after this school year, according to East Baton Rouge School Superintendent Warren Drake. "I can assure you this school will be like brand new," Drake told an audience at the school Thursday night.... more »
  • School districts checking campuses Thursday, planning to announce plans for reopening soon Play Video

    January 18, 2018 12:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Area school districts checked buildings for possible issues related to the freeze. A few small issues were reported in various school districts related to ruptured pipes or water heaters. East Baton Rouge had a contractor going school-to-school. Ascension said it had crews, too, going to... more »
  • Scotlandville High athlete, one of the top in the nation, signs with LSU Basketball

    November 8, 2017 4:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - One of the most sought-after high school recruits in the country can be found right here in Baton Rouge, and he doesn't plan on moving away anytime soon. Scotlandville High School's Ja'Vonte Smart is a 5-star prospect, ranked No. 17 in the overall recruiting class according... more »
  • Traffic concerns at new Ascension school sites Play Video

    November 7, 2017 11:47 PM

    ASCENSION PARISH - The Ascension Parish School Board approved traffic studies Tuesday night for its four new school sites. "They'll help to make recommendations to us that would help improve traffic and flow," said Chad Lynch, Director of Planning and Building for the District. Lynch expects engineers to... more »
  • After WBRZ report, principal facing more allegations of locking kids in closet Play Video

    October 20, 2017 3:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The former principal and founder of a charter school faces additional charges of false imprisonment following a WBRZ report last month . Two, new arrest warrants were filed for Shafeeq Shamsid-Deen, 31, the WBRZ Investigative Unit learned Friday. WBRZ previously reported on Deen's arrest in September... more »
  • Two teens arrested after local high school student shot with BB gun Play Video

    October 13, 2017 1:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office says two teens were arrested after it received reports of a student being shot with a BB gun at Istrouma High School Friday morning. According to the sheriff's office, the EBRSO School Drug Task Force responded to the school around... more »
  • WATCH: Les Miles recalls LSU memories ahead of Saturday's Auburn game Play Video

    October 10, 2017 3:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The 'Mad Hatter' will make his return to Death Valley this weekend as LSU holds a ceremony to honor its 2007 National Championship team. According to a report from the Advocate , Miles will be joined by players from his national title-winning team during halftime of... more »
  • Report of gunshot prompts school lockdown Thursday

    October 5, 2017 11:12 AM

    BATON ROUGE – Sounds similar to a gunshot heard in woods near a school caused a scare Thursday morning. The Runnels School was on lockdown at the main campus after a sound was heard in woods near the school. The sheriff's office was called to investigate, the school said... more »
  • Child hit, injured at Baton Rouge bus stop Thursday morning Play Video

    September 21, 2017 11:20 AM

    BATON ROUGE – An elementary student was hit by a car while trying to get on a school bus Thursday morning. The East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office said the 11-year-old was crossing the street to board the bus when he was struck by a vehicle. The child suffered minor... more »
  • Teacher knocked out, hospitalized after altercation between students Play Video

    September 11, 2017 1:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A teacher at Tara High School was transported to the hospital with a head injury after getting involved in an altercation between two students Monday morning. Authorities say one female student charged at another during an argument. The teacher stood in the way of the attack... more »
  • Pointe Coupee authorities looking for church, school burglary suspects Play Video

    September 2, 2017 7:12 PM

    POINTE COUPEE - The Pointe Coupee Sheriff's Office is looking for those responsible for a series of burglaries over the past few weeks. Lieutenant Craig Dabadie says multiple churches and one school have been hit by the thieves. Items such as televisions and other electronics were taken from... more »
  • Two new charter schools coming to Baton Rouge in 2018

    August 23, 2017 4:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A network of public charter schools based out of Texas has announced plans for two new schools set to open in Baton Rouge next year. IDEA Cortana Academy and College Prep will serve students in Baton Rouge in Kinder through 2nd & 6th grade in its... more »
  • Two school buses collide at Woodlawn Middle; No injuries reported

    August 16, 2017 4:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Officials say two school buses loaded with students collided at an area middle school Wednesday. According to the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office, two buses carrying students from Woodlawn Middle were involved in a crash at the school around 3 p.m. Wednesday. The sheriff's office... more »
  • One year after flood, Park Forest Elementary reopens just in time for school year

    August 8, 2017 9:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The school bell will ring for thousands of students across the Baton Rouge area Wednesday. For some schools damaged by the flood, preparations will go right down to the last minute. Although final touches are being completed, Park Forest Elementary is more than ready to... more »
  • Hundreds turn out for funeral of high school football player

    August 6, 2017 1:59 PM

    ECRU, Miss. - Hundreds of people turned out to mourn a Mississippi high school football player who died after his team's first preseason practice. WTVA-TV reports that a funeral for Ty Rayford was held at noon Saturday at Friendship Baptist Church in Ecru. His friends and family, including... more »
  • Istrouma High marching band lacks instruments Play Video

    August 4, 2017 11:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Istrouma High School opens next week after a three year closure. The new band director, Reggie Jackson, is rebuilding the once great program from scratch. "The instruments are currently non-existent," he said. Jackson isn't sure where they went, he guessed some were destroyed in the August flood... more »
  • Completing your child's back-to-school health checklist Play Video

    August 3, 2017 8:42 PM

    There are only a few days left before kids go back to school and it's important to make sure they have all they need — including a clean bill of health. Students may need vaccinations or necessary physicals for extra-curricular activities, but little thing such as getting them in... more »
  • Statue of football great Billy Cannon coming to LSU campus

    August 3, 2017 7:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The LSU Athletic Hall of Fame Committee approved a proposal to honor football legend Billy Cannon with a statue on campus. The committee voted unanimously to approve the proposal. Funding for the statue, like others, will come from private donations through the Tiger Athletic Foundation. ... more »
  • Flooded Ascension Parish school gets ready to reopen Play Video

    August 3, 2017 6:17 PM

    ST. AMANT - The sparkling new hallways of St. Amant Primary are bustling with eager teachers getting their classrooms ready for the new school year. "Right now our teachers are unpacking," explains Assistant Principal Marguerite Guillot. "We have boxes coming in, we are just in unpacking mode trying to do... more »
  • Southern University obtains license to develop marijuana-based medicines

    August 2, 2017 2:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Southern University has been granted a cultivation license to develop pharmaceutical grade medicines from marijuana plants. Dr. Janana Snowden, Director of SIMP, stated that the Institute’s research will focus on natural product development and usage to address the major health issues. “Quality medicine is the... more »
  • Hundreds of children gifted free supplies at back-to-school event Play Video

    July 30, 2017 12:43 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Hundreds crowded under a covered picnic area at the Waddill Wildlife Refuge, trying to avoid the rain and grab some free school supplies Saturday. It's all a part of "Fishing for Backpacks", a back-to-school event that began four years ago. "From the first year we... more »
  • Basement flood closes LSU dental school in New Orleans

    July 24, 2017 8:54 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana State University's dental school in New Orleans is closed because the main building's basement flooded over the weekend, shutting down the computer network and phones. LSU Health Sciences Center spokeswoman Leslie Capo says in a news release that heavy rains Saturday left 1½ feet... more »
  • More police patrols wanted in Scotlandville after elementary school break-in Play Video

    July 14, 2017 7:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Residents are asking for more police patrols after a neighborhood school was burglarized in Scotlandville. Ryan Elementary is located in an old-established neighborhood in Scotlandville and is closed for the summer. However, the scene was busy on Thursday night when police, sheriff's... more »
  • Registration begins Monday for free school supplies, backpacks

    July 10, 2017 1:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Sign-ups for free school supplies and backpacks from Salvation Army begin on Monday. Sign-ups will run from July 10 through Wednesday, July 12 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at The Salvation Army Worship and Community Center... more »
  • Cursive writing requirement among Louisiana's new laws

    July 1, 2017 11:39 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's public school classrooms will be required to teach cursive writing to students starting with the new school year. That mandate, approved by lawmakers in 2016 but delayed a year so schools could prepare, is among more than two dozen new laws that take effect... more »
  • East Feliciana teacher accused of striking student found not guilty

    June 28, 2017 2:19 PM

    EAST FELICIANA PARISH - A teacher at an East Feliciana middle school has been found not guilty of simple battery after he was accused of striking a student during school hours. According to the East Feliciana Clerk of Court, Jaworski White had a bench trial Tuesday before Judge William... more »
  • Sunscreen won't require a doctor's note at Louisiana schools

    June 27, 2017 11:08 AM

    BATON ROUGE - When the new school year begins, Louisiana's public school students won't need permission from a doctor or their school to use sunscreen on campus. Gov. John Bel Edwards' office announced Monday the governor has signed into law a bill excluding sunblock from being categorized as... more »
  • 77 percent high school graduation rate in Louisiana for 2016

    June 23, 2017 1:45 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Seventy-seven percent of Louisiana high school students graduated on time last year - a half-percentage point dip from 2015 but still well above the roughly 65 percent rate 10 years earlier. The state Department of Education released the figures Friday. It noted that 43 percent of... more »
  • Schools closing due to Tropical Storm Cindy

    June 21, 2017 8:55 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A list of schools that are closed due to Tropical Storm Cindy are below: Saint Paul's Adult Learning Center (closed Wednesday) West Baton Rouge Parish summer school programs (closed Thursday) St. Michael High (closed Thursday) This list will be updated as information on... more »
  • School officials to break ground on new Broadmoor Elementary School

    June 19, 2017 5:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board will host a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Broadmoor Elementary School on Tuesday, June 20. The school will be open for students in the fall of 2018. Currently, Broadmoor Elementary is being housed at the Valley Park... more »
  • Person taken to hospital after incident near Dutchtown High School

    June 7, 2017 4:08 PM

    DUTCHTOWN – One person has been taken to the hospital after an incident near Dutchtown High School, according to the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office. The sheriff's office confirms that one person was airlifted from the parking lot of the high school following the incident. Further details have not... more »
  • Ban on paddling students with disabilities to become law

    June 6, 2017 12:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Public school students with disabilities will be shielded from paddling and spanking for misbehavior, under a bill that received final passage from Louisiana lawmakers. The corporal punishment prohibition measure by Rep. Franklin Foil, a Baton Rouge Republican, was sent to the governor with an 89-0 vote Tuesday.... more »
  • Friends say McKinley High student did not die in vain Play Video

    May 27, 2017 11:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Hundreds filled church pews at a service held for Bryant Lee, a McKinley High School student who was shot and killed earlier this month. Those in attendance Saturday said they don't believe Lee's death will be in vain. "There are pivotal moments in the life... more »
  • Hospital CEO brings $6M check to pay debts to budget hearing

    May 26, 2017 6:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The operator of two Louisiana state-owned hospitals is again in a dispute with Louisiana State University's medical school over unpaid debts. The disagreement spilled out into a Senate Finance Committee budget hearing Friday, with the CEO of the hospitals handing over a $6 million check to LSU... more »
  • House votes to increase TOPS GPA requirement

    May 23, 2017 7:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Lousiana House of Representatives has voted in favor of a bill that would raise the required grade point average for students looking to earn the TOPS scholarship. The house voted 53-32 in favor of the Bill 117, which would increase the GPA required for students... more »
  • Pregnant Maryland teen not allowed at graduation ceremony

    May 22, 2017 2:14 PM

    BOONSBORO, Md. - A Maryland high school senior has been barred from participating in her school's graduation ceremony because she is pregnant. Media outlets report 18-year-old Maddi Runkles discovered she was pregnant in January. The teen attends Heritage Academy, a small private Christian school in Hagerstown. Upon Runkles' pregnancy announcement,... more »
  • Parkview Baptist head baseball coach retiring

    May 19, 2017 6:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Parkview Baptist School's head baseball coach is stepping away from the plate. School officials announced Darron Mitchell is retiring from his role as head baseball coach. Mitchell led the Eagles to six district titles, two state runner up titles in 2012 and 2015, and one... more »
  • Flood-damaged school burglarized Play Video

    May 18, 2017 11:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police are looking for thieves who stole from a school recovering from the August flood. Glen Oaks Park Elementary students have been attending the old Banks School since the flood. Last week, someone broke into the school and stole dozens of tablets and laptops. "Whoever's... more »
  • Surgery successful for 7-year-old boy shot at Calcasieu Parish school

    May 16, 2017 7:04 PM

    MOSS BLUFF - The young victim who was accidentally shot in a Calcasieu Parish classroom Monday is on the road to recovery. Ronald Richard, the attorney for the boy's family, says that 7-year-old Gage Meche is awake and alert after what appears to be a successful surgery. While the... more »
  • Friends, family mourn McKinley High student killed just days before graduation Play Video

    May 14, 2017 11:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The family and friends of an 18-year-old high school student are still reeling after he was shot and killed Saturday . "Today's Mother's Day, and a mom's dealing with the loss of her son," said Herman Brister, the principal at McKinley High School. Brister had... more »
  • Louisiana K-12 education board tweaks public school formula

    May 11, 2017 2:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's top school board has redrafted its proposal for financing the state's public schools next year. Action Thursday from the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education came at the request of lawmakers. They wanted two provisions added to the $3.7 billion financing formula proposal for the... more »
  • Commissioners association OKs December football signing day

    May 8, 2017 8:51 PM

    High school seniors can now sign football letters of intent in December in addition to the traditional signing period in February. The Collegiate Commissioners Association on Monday announced its approval of the new signing period, which is part of a package of reforms passed by the NCAA in April. The... more »
  • House rebuffs corporal punishment ban for Louisiana schools

    May 8, 2017 5:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's local public school districts still will be allowed to paddle and spank students for misbehavior. The House overwhelmingly rejected a proposal to ban corporal punishment in Louisiana's public schools. Only 34 lawmakers Monday voted for the prohibition bill by Rep. Barbara Norton, a Shreveport Democrat. Sixty-one... more »
  • Threat closes Colorado school after Trump pinata allegation

    May 8, 2017 1:57 PM

    JOHNSTOWN, Colo. - A Colorado high school where a Spanish teacher is accused of allowing students to hit a piñata bearing a picture of President Donald Trump has been closed because of a threat against it on social media. The school district says classes and all activities were cancelled Monday... more »
  • Police: 14 students hurt in school bus crash in Las Vegas

    May 4, 2017 6:33 PM

    LAS VEGAS - Authorities say 14 middle school students received moderate injuries and a person in another vehicle was critically hurt in a crash that left a school bus on its side in Las Vegas. Clark County school police Lt. Darnell Couthen says about 40 children were on the full-sized... more »
  • Donaldsonville Primary School closed due to power outage

    May 4, 2017 8:15 AM

    DONALDSONVILLE – Donaldsonville Primary School will be closed Thursday due to a power outage in the area. Ascension Parish School officials say it is unclear when power to the school will be restored. Donaldsonville Primary employees should report and receive assignments from Principal Mary McMahan. more »
  • Sheriff's deputy breaks up carpool line fight among adults

    April 28, 2017 6:47 PM

    PRAIRIEVILLE – A sheriff's deputy had to settle a dispute among some angry adults stuck in the carpool line at an Ascension Parish school Wednesday afternoon. While no one was arrested or injured, the school district reported the issue to parents in the form of an email that was... more »
  • Destrehan woman not guilty in student-teacher sex case

    April 26, 2017 4:22 PM

    DESTREHAN - A former English teacher was found not guilty of carnal knowledge of a juvenile Wednesday. According to a report from WWL-TV, Shelley Dufresne faced up to 10 years in prison after she was accused of having sexual relations with a student. The mother of the teen... more »
  • Ban on corporal punishment in Louisiana schools advances

    April 26, 2017 4:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A push to ban corporal punishment in Louisiana public schools has edged forward in the state House. Republican Rep. Nancy Landry, chair of the House Education Committee, cast the tie-breaking decision Wednesday to move the bill out of committee. The 6-5 vote sends the proposal by Democratic... more »
  • Police respond to crash involving school bus on Airline Highway

    April 25, 2017 4:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Crews are responding to the scene of a crash involving a school bus in the 7000 block of Airline Highway near Bicentennial Place. The crash was reported on Tuesday around 3:20 p.m. According to BRPD, the crash involved a First Student school bus carrying passengers... more »
  • Former school employee arrested in non-school rape of 10-year-old

    April 19, 2017 1:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE – A 21-year-old woman who had worked for several months as a teacher's assistant at an area private school, was charged Tuesday with two 2015 rapes of a ten-year-old boy. Harlie Vanosdell was booked into jail overnight on two counts of first-degree rape. According to social... more »
  • EBRSO: Juveniles set fire at Glen Oaks High School Play Video

    April 18, 2017 8:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Crews responded to Glen Oaks High School after two juveniles reportedly started a fire on campus Tuesday. According to the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office, the fire was started by an 11-year-old and a 13-year-old who were setting electronic equipment on fire at the school. ... more »
  • Mississippi high school student killed on way to prom

    April 15, 2017 5:52 PM

    BROOKHAVEN, Miss. - A high school student has been killed on her way to prom. Lincoln County Deputy Medical Examiner Ricky Alford tells multiple media outlets that 18-year-old Brittney Hill, a Brookhaven High School student, was killed in a two-vehicle accident Friday about 6:30 p.m. Alford says Hill was driving... more »
  • Aide says San Bernardino shooter was 'out for blood'

    April 13, 2017 11:45 AM

    SAN BERNARDINO - A classroom aide who was just feet away during the fatal shootings of a teacher and a student at a San Bernardino elementary school says she believes the gunman was "out for blood." Jennifer Downing says she thinks Cedric Anderson would have killed others if he hadn't... more »
  • Authorities dispel threats at Denham Springs school

    April 11, 2017 5:13 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - The Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office and Livingston Parish Public School System responded to reported threats at a local school Tuesday. On Monday, several students and parents reported possible threats directed at the school on social media. The school system released a statement Tuesday saying that... more »
  • San Bernardino school closed following shooting

    April 11, 2017 12:03 PM

    SAN BERNARDINO - An elementary school in San Bernardino that was the scene of a murder-suicide is closed for the time being. School district officials say classes at North Park Elementary are canceled for at least Tuesday and Wednesday. Counselors are being made available at a nearby middle school for... more »
  • Ohio State to award posthumous degree to slain student

    April 8, 2017 4:46 PM

    COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio State University plans to award a posthumous bachelor's degree to a student who was abducted and slain in February. The Columbus Dispatch reports 21-year-old Reagan Tokes will get a degree posthumously during graduation May 7. Tokes was just three months from graduating with a psychology degree... more »
  • Police bust overnight food fight involving area high school students

    April 7, 2017 6:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE – High school students left a mess after an overnight food fight that police had to break up. A large group of guys and girls trashed parts of the Perkins Road Community Park with eggs, more food and other litter late Thursday. Police said when they arrived,... more »
  • Photos show vandalism at Runnels School

    April 6, 2017 3:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Runnels School administrators say someone spray painted vulgar images on its campus earlier this week. School officials say the vandalism happened on April 3 was confined to the high school. Photos show spray painted lockers and stairways including a slur. “It is painful and disappointing... more »
  • Audit finds pornography on Mississippi school-issued computers

    April 4, 2017 6:14 PM

    JACKSON, Miss. - Mississippi Auditor Stacey Pickering says his office has found pornography and other explicit material on computers that some public schools issued to middle school and high school students. In a report issued Tuesday, Pickering recommends that the state Department of Education require all school districts to monitor... more »
  • Democracy Prep announces late start due to weather

    April 2, 2017 10:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Democracy Prep has announced it will have a delayed start on Monday due to the threat of severe weather Sunday night. The school attributed the late start to an abundance of caution in respect to the severe weather threats. Buses will be running at 7 a.m.... more »

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