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  • Public school districts getting more control over books

    July 2, 2015 9:45 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Gov. Bobby Jindal has agreed to give local public school districts more freedom to choose their textbooks. The governor's office announced Wednesday that Jindal had signed a measure by Rep. Gene Reynolds, a Minden Democrat, that will let local districts decide which books and materials should be used... more »
  • EBRPSS Superintendent Warren Drake Play Video

    July 1, 2015 9:44 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The East Baton Rouge Parish School System has a new leader this morning. Warren Drake worked as a consultant in May, served as acting superintendent in June, and today he officially begins his term as superintendent. Before coming to Baton Rouge, Drake was the superintendent for the... more »
  • California governor signs strict school vaccine legislation

    June 30, 2015 1:15 PM

    SACRAMENTO - The governor of California has signed a contentious bill to impose one of the strictest school vaccination laws in the country. Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown says in a statement Tuesday that science clearly shows vaccines dramatically protect children against infectious diseases. The bill strikes California's personal belief exemption... more »
  • Layoffs begin in Baker school district

    June 24, 2015 7:56 AM

    BAKER- Superintendent Herman Brister says some teachers and staff have already been laid off as part of a plan to save the Baker School District $1.2 million. Brister, who replaced outgoing superintendent Ulysses Joseph on May 28, could not confirm how many employees of the Baker School District have received... more »
  • Drake wants 34 positions eliminated in EBR schools check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 17, 2015 7:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Acting Superintendent for East Baton Rouge Schools, Warren Drake, is proposing a $1 million in cuts to the school district. The cuts would in part come from reducing and eliminating a number of administrative jobs, 34 positions in all. Drake would also hire nine new... more »
  • New junior high school coming to Livingston Parish Play Video

    June 17, 2015 5:24 PM

    WATSON - The Livingston Parish School Board will open bids Thursday on a $4 million project to create a new school in the Watson area. The new Live Oak Junior High will take over the old, run down high school location in the Live Oak community. The new junior... more »
  • Proposed industrial park near school concerns residents Play Video

    June 15, 2015 7:35 PM

    DONALDSONVILLE - Some residents are concerned a proposed industrial park may be too close to a school. However, Ascension Parish leaders say the school is outside any danger zone. The industrial park is proposed near Lowery Middle and Elementary Schools. Part of the park would be zoned for heavy... more »
  • Lawmakers agree to loosen rules on school textbook selection

    June 9, 2015 12:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Local public school districts will have more freedom to choose their textbooks, if Gov. Bobby Jindal agrees to a bill backed by lawmakers. The measure by Rep. Gene Reynolds, a Minden Democrat, will let local districts decide which books and materials should be used in their classrooms.... more »
  • Louisiana school voucher program before US appeals court

    June 1, 2015 4:59 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- A federal appeals court in New Orleans is set to hear arguments on whether the state must report to the U.S. government about schools and families in Louisiana's program to provide some students with taxpayer-funded private school tuition vouchers. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear... more »
  • Fire investigators to look at other buses after one bursts into flames

    May 23, 2015 12:03 AM

    MORGANZA - Fire investigators will review the maintenance records and recall notifications for all 2009 International CE 200 school buses in the fleet that runs the streets of Pointe Coupee Parish after a bus mysteriously burst into flames last week . Investigators ruled the fire accidental Friday. The bus... more »
  • Mayor to hold conference on Summer Feeding Program check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 19, 2015 8:46 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Free lunches are getting started for children across East Baton Rouge Parish. The USDA Summer Feeding Program works to make sure kids are staying fed while they're out of school. The Summer Feeding Program has been in Baton Rouge for the past 30 years. In the last... more »
  • Too many As leads to GPA snafu check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 15, 2015 11:31 PM

    LIVONIA - Slight disgruntlement overshadowed Friday's graduation ceremony somewhat after the school decided to make two students valedictorians. The students, both girls, had a GPA difference of .0083%. At first, Rekeya Blackmore thought she had earned the title of top of her class. But, this week, she learned that... more »
  • East Baton Rouge: Beyond Bricks check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 15, 2015 9:13 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Community leaders are continuing their efforts to breathe new life into the public school system. The group, Beyond Bricks, spent months researching what the community wants and needs from their public schools. Now, they're sharing what they've found in an attempt to help move the system forward. ... more »
  • Livingston Parish school expanding cafeteria, classrooms Play Video

    May 14, 2015 6:18 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - Bids opened Thursday on the expansion of an elementary school in Livingston Parish. Southside Elementary School in Denham Springs will get an additional building on its campus that will bring in a new cafeteria and five new classrooms. The school's current cafeteria will be transformed into... more »
  • School funding gets $78M boost from House

    May 13, 2015 6:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A $3.6 billion public school financing formula that would boost spending by $78 million next year started moving forward in the Legislature, getting approval Wednesday from the House Education Committee. The formula was devised by Superintendent of Education John White and the Board of Elementary and Secondary... more »
  • Ex-New Orleans school official pleads guilty

    May 13, 2015 5:37 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A former New Orleans school board member has changed his plea to guilty in a federal bribery case. Ira Thomas pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of conspiracy to commit bribery and wire fraud. The hearing comes more than two months after U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite (poh-LEET')... more »
  • School bus fire under investigation

    May 12, 2015 11:55 AM

    MORGANZA - Investigators said they're looking into what happened to a school bus which caught fire in Pointe Coupee Parish overnight. Spokesperson Will Love with First Student confirmed one of their buses parked at the shuttered Pointe Coupee Central High School was burned sometime Monday evening. Love said an... more »
  • Police: student sold classmate drugs to assist with suicide

    May 8, 2015 11:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police arrested a teen boy after a classmate told a nurse at Belaire High School, she tried to commit suicide with drugs she bought from him in the cafeteria Friday. The girl, who was not identified in a police report obtained by WBRZ News 2, sought... more »
  • Board approves Baton Rouge school superintendent contract

    May 8, 2015 7:35 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board has voted unanimously to a three-year contract that will allow former Zachary Superintendent Warren Drake to take over as superintendent no later than July 1. Drake would make $235,000 a year in base salary, which is slightly less than what Superintendent... more »
  • Special education programs in Catholic schools check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 7, 2015 8:41 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Catholic schools in the capital area are known for their quality education. Now, seven of those Catholic schools are implementing brand new programs for students with special needs. The Catholic diocese performed a three year study on special education needs in our area, and beginning next semester,... more »
  • Baton Rouge school board, superintendent work out contract

    May 7, 2015 7:58 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Warren Drake and East Baton Rouge Parish School Board leaders say they have worked out a deal to allow the former Zachary superintendent to take the helm of the second-largest public school system in Louisiana. Drake's proposed employment contract is on Thursday's agenda for a School Board meeting.... more »
  • Bottom of the ninth; Redemptorist plays final home game check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 6, 2015 11:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Redemptorist High baseball team played its final home game Wednesday night at Emerald Park against Oak Grove. The game, more than just a match on the diamond; this was a goodbye for alumni and students. The last class will graduate this Friday and the school... more »
  • National Charter Schools Week check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 6, 2015 10:16 AM

    BATON ROUGE- May 3rd through May 9th is National Charter Schools Week, giving charter schools throughout the country the chance to become more prominent and highlight their success. In Louisiana there are over 134 schools serving over 70,000 students. This morning, State Representative, Steve Carter, and Sarah Broome stopped... more »
  • St. George petition approaching deadline

    May 5, 2015 8:26 AM

    ST. GEORGE- A last-ditch effort to create a new city in East Baton Rouge Parish is moving forward. Supporters of a new city of St. George say they're on track to have enough signatures on their petition by the May deadline. They have until the end of May to... more »
  • Voters around Louisiana OK 49 taxes, nix 10

    May 4, 2015 3:37 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Voters in 28 parishes around Louisiana considered nearly 60 tax measures, and the vast majority passed. New or renewed taxes include one for libraries in New Orleans, a $175 service charge for a Bastrop fire protection district, and four for Rapides Parish schools. Slidell-area voters turned down proposals... more »
  • Power restored to schools, all EBR public students return Thursday

    April 29, 2015 10:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - All East Baton Rouge Parish Public School System campuses will open for class Thursday. A spokesperson for the district said power was restored to all campuses Wednesday, allowing administrators to ready buildings for students Thursday. All students should report to their regularly scheduled classes Thursday morning.... more »
  • Power cancels classes at some EBR schools again Wednesday

    April 28, 2015 11:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Prolonged power outages will keep nine East Baton Rouge Parish public schools closed Wednesday. The school system announced late Tuesday that Belfair Elementary, Buchanan Elementary, Westminister Elementary, Keel Center, McKinley High, Southdowns, Glasgow Middle, and Melrose Elementary will not open Wednesday for classes. All other... more »
  • Since all schools have power, classes resume in Iberville Wednesday

    April 28, 2015 10:04 PM

    PLAQUEMINE - Students in Iberville Parish will return to school as scheduled Wednesday. The superintendent said Tuesday, all facilities had power restored and classes would resume. Some schools were closed Tuesday because power was out following a day of severe weather. As of this post, only about 1500... more »
  • Numerous schools closed Tuesday, due to damages

    April 27, 2015 7:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Sixteen East Baton Rouge School System public schools will be closed Tuesday, the system announced late Monday. The severe weather throughout the area has caused mass power outages, most of which are still being attended to. Here are the schools that are closed: Assumption Parish •... more »
  • Diocese to sell items from shuttered high school in online auction

    April 21, 2015 10:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Diocese of Baton Rouge will not change its decision about closing Redemptorist High School, but will sell school memorabilia as a fundraiser for scholarships. The diocese announced the details of the fundraiser by sharing an article in a recent Catholic Commentator that outlines the plan.... more »
  • New STEM academy program to come to Iberville Parish

    April 19, 2015 2:51 PM

    PLAQUEMINE - The Iberville Parish School System is starting a new academy this fall that will give parents and students yet another choice when it comes to education. Sources say the system's fifth themed academy, called the "Starship Program," will feature a curriculum focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics.... more »
  • Target practice by three individuals causes school lockdowns

    April 18, 2015 12:31 PM

    DEQUINCY, La. - Target practice by two juveniles and an adult behind a DeQuincy apartment building led to lockdowns at two nearby schools. Police Chief Mike Suchanek says police heard gunshots about 11:20 a.m. Friday. He says the officers arrested two people who had been shooting a 9mm handgun, and... more »
  • Food's out for Summer community festival and food drive check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 16, 2015 7:52 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Thousands of students in Baton Rouge receive as many as ten free meals a week at school. In the summer months, many low-income families struggle to keep them fed, so the Junior League is calling the community to action. The Junior League is holding a food drive... 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 »
  • School's charter on the line check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 1, 2015 9:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Supports of a charter school in East Baton Rouge Parish are working to keep the school open amid a proposal to revoke its charter due to failing school performance scores. Career Academy is unlike most traditional schools. Students can earn a certification in things like welding,... more »
  • Proposed law could end suspensions, expulsions check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 31, 2015 6:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - One state lawmaker is proposing a bill that would no longer kick kids out of school in the state. Senator Sharon Weston-Broome(D-Baton Rouge) filed SB54 , which would to prohibit any school from suspending or expelling children from kindergarten through third grade. "I firmly believe... more »
  • School bus, ambulance collide in Indiana; 15 hurt

    March 31, 2015 3:26 PM

    WHEELER, Ind. - Police say 12 students were among 15 people hurt when a school bus and ambulance collided in northwestern Indiana. Porter County police Sgt. Larry LaFlower says the students suffered only minor injuries in the crash Tuesday morning at an intersection along Indiana 130 near the town of... 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 School thefts lead to questions about superintendent check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 30, 2015 6:53 PM

    BAKER - Baker School System Superintendent Ulysses Joseph plans to retire in May. At the same time, questions have risen about his role in the alleged illegal purchases of a former employee. Emmitt Lee Whitfield was a maintenance supervisor for the school system until his original arrest in December... more »
  • Former Baker schools maintenance supervisor accused of over $127,000 worth in theft

    March 28, 2015 7:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A former maintenance supervisor for the Baker School District is accused of buying and stealing a total of $127,988.79 worth in equipment from the school district without permission. Police arrested Emmitt Whitfield Thursday. It's his second arrest after his first arrest in December 2014 caused him... more »
  • Superintendent candidate's playbook is almost like coaching notes check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 26, 2015 6:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Longtime educator Warren Drake is being considered as the next superintendent for East Baton Rouge Parish School System. Drake was the superintendent for the Zachary Community School System from 2002 to 2012, a school system that has been ranked number one in the state. Drake said... more »
  • Zachary taxpayers vote on sales tax to help fund school programs Play Video

    March 26, 2015 6:34 PM

    ZACHARY - The Zachary school board is asking taxpayers for an additional one percent in sales tax to fund school programs. Residents will vote Saturday on the sales tax, which would help fund programs like the arts, music, foreign language, and athletics department. "We're asking the public which... more »
  • Alexandria boy kicked out of school for long hair

    March 26, 2015 10:02 AM

    ALEXANDRIA - Ashton Bodiford has missed more than two weeks of school because his hair is too long for a boy's. That's according to Rapides Parish School Board policy. The Town Talk reports his hair falls past the middle of his back. School board policy requires male students to keep... more »
  • School Choice Expo in BR this weekend check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 26, 2015 8:02 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The School Choice Expo is a one stop shop to learn about all the choices Baton Rouge schools have to offer. The expo will allow parents to see what sort of programs schools in Baton Rouge have to offer, so they can assess which school would be... more »
  • School board, public to interview EBR Superintendent candidate tonight check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 26, 2015 7:39 AM

    BATON ROUGE- East Baton Rouge is making progress in the search for a new superintendent. Warren Drake, the former superintendent in Zachary is the man they want for the job. Tonight, the board is expected to interview him. At last week's meeting the board narrowed the field of... more »
  • Concert to benefit EBR Schools check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 26, 2015 7:06 AM

    BATON ROUGE- You can watch people of all ages present the gift of music coming up at the Music in our Schools Benefit Concert Friday night. "The purpose of this concert is to let the community know what's going on in our schools," said Wayne Talbot, the East Baton... more »
  • BRPD: Shooting victim ran to school for help

    March 24, 2015 8:35 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Police said the victim of a shooting in Baton Rouge Tuesday morning ran to a nearby elementary school for help, which prompted a lockdown at the school. Cpl. Don Coppola said then 18-year-old male victim said he was walking to a restaurant to get breakfast when... more »
  • Small schools worried about PARCC opt-out check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 16, 2015 12:41 PM

    CENTRAL - Thousands of children in Louisiana sat down Monday to take a test which stirred controversy among opponents of the multi-state Common Core initiative. It's the students who aren't taking the test, though, which worry administrators in small school districts like Central. Administrators with the community school... 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 »
  • Make the Right Choice for your kid's education check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 11, 2015 9:00 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The best way to know you are making the right choice when it comes to educating your kids is to know your options. That's why more than 28 East Baton Rouge Parish elementary, middle and high schools will have interactive displays at a fair to showcase... more »
  • Historic French Settlement school building getting new roof

    March 5, 2015 3:11 PM

    FRENCH SETTLEMENT - A school building at French Settlement High School in Livingston Parish with a rich history is set for a new roof. Despite the building's flaws, people in the French Settlement community hold it close to their hearts. School librarian Connie McNabb went to school at French... more »
  • La. education chief seeks $44M increase in school funding

    March 4, 2015 1:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's education department wants to ask lawmakers for a $44 million increase in the public school funding formula next year above Gov. Bobby Jindal's request. Education Superintendent John White released the proposal Wednesday. It will be considered Thursday by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, which... 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Bus-jacker found guilty by federal judge

    February 23, 2015 3:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The U. S. Attorneys Office in Baton Rouge said a federal judge found a man guilty Monday of kidnapping a school bus driver and stealing her bus last year. U. S. Attorney Walt Green said 38-year-old Jock Jones pleaded guilty on Feb. 2 to a federal... more »
  • Dozens arrested in WBR drug roundup check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 19, 2015 11:54 AM

    PORT ALLEN - Authorities accused a former school worker of selling prescription narcotics Thursday and arrested her as part of a drug warrant roundup. Deputies accused Keashu King-Wright of selling drugs such as oxycodone, diazepam, morphine, xanax, and valium among others. A sheriff's office spokesperson said King-Wright used... more »
  • Teens arrested after fight at Tara High

    February 10, 2015 12:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Sheriff's deputies charged two teens with felonies after investigators said the pair jumped a 15-year-old boy at Tara High School this week. Deputies arrested 18-year-old Johnny Moore and 17-year-old Darius Watts after the fight Monday. Investigators said on Monday a deputy working extra duty for... more »
  • Parents outraged after daughter's hair was set on fire at school check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 6, 2015 10:16 PM

    ZACHARY - Friday, an 8th grader at Northeast High left school early after her hair was singed when another student flicked a lighter behind her head. The girl, who WBRZ has decided not to identify, had her hair set on fire. Her parents, who spoke to WBRZ on... more »
  • College freshmen partied less in high school than their parents

    February 5, 2015 2:03 AM

    SAN FRANCISCO, CA - A new survey of the nation's college freshmen shows that teenagers across the United States are spending much less time partying and socializing with friends during their last year of high school than their parents' generation did. The annual survey released Wednesday, conducted by the Higher... more »
  • 15 students hurt after bus, car head-on wreck Play Video

    February 3, 2015 9:03 AM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - Sheriff's deputies said a head-on collision between a car and a school bus sent more than a dozen people to the hospital Tuesday morning in Livingston Parish. Deputies said it happened around 8 a.m. on Brown Road and Brandon Street near Denham Springs. They said 15... 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 »
  • Animals, science and more at LSU Vet School Open House check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    January 26, 2015 7:30 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The highly anticipated LSU School of Veterinary Medicine Open House is coming up this weekend. The them is One World, One Health. Vet school students Marylynn Waddle and Melissa Lepuma joined us on 2une In this morning along with Rigby the Hedgehog with all the details. ... more »
  • Principal, wife accused of having gun on campus

    January 23, 2015 3:58 PM

    AMITE - Sheriff's deputies accused a Christian academy principal and his wife in Livingston Parish of bringing an unloaded gun onto the school campus. Deputies charged 46-year-old Frank Mons and 47-year-old Caroline Mons with carrying a firearm on school property Friday. Frank Mons is the principal of Amite Christian... 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 »
  • Officials set Feb. 27 application deadline for voucher program

    January 14, 2015 3:35 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The application period has opened for parents interested in sending their students to private school next year through Louisiana's taxpayer-funded voucher program. The state education department says applications for the 2015-16 school year are due Feb. 27. They're available at participating schools or online at www.louisianabelieves.com .... more »
  • Child dies after being hit by car

    January 9, 2015 3:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police said a 14-year-old boy hit by a car while walking to a school bus stop in Baton Rouge Wednesday has died. Investigators said Daytron Edwards was hit while walking on Evangeline Street near North Foster. Police said it appears the car suffered a mechanical problem,... more »
  • Livingston Parish teachers aiming for engaging classes 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 »
  • Redemptorist supporters want to break away from diocese check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    January 8, 2015 10:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Students, alumni and parents held a candlelight walk and rally Thursday night as they try to sway the Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge to give them control of the school, which will close its junior and senior high school at the end of the academic year. For... more »
  • Districts prepare school buses for freezing ride to school check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    January 7, 2015 8:23 PM

    ZACHARY - School bus technicians will be getting up extra early Thursday morning to prepare buses for freezing routes. Low temperatures can wreak havoc on bus batteries. First Student technicians in Zachary will be on the job at 5 a.m. to make sure every bus is working properly. While... more »

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