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  • Groundbreaking set for Walker High School upgrades

    June 19, 2016 11:29 PM

    WALKER – Workers will soon get started on million dollar improvements to Walker High School later this month. Officials are set to break ground on a $25 million capital improvement during a ceremony on June 27. The construction is part of a plan approved by voters in 2014. ... more »
  • Murdered school board member's brother selected to take his place

    June 13, 2016 11:40 PM

    CLINTON - The East Feliciana Parish School Board selected the brother of a murdered school board member to take his place. East Feliciana Parish School Superintendent Carlos Sam told News 2 Edward Brooks, Jr. will take Broderick Brooks' seat on the board. Broderick Brooks was found shot to... more »
  • Ascension Schools to re-advertise superintendent's job

    June 7, 2016 11:39 PM

    GONZALES - The Ascension Parish School Board was expected to announce finalists for the vacant Superintendent position Tuesday night, but instead the board decided to start their search over again. The board interviewed four candidates for the position last week , and met Tuesday expecting to narrow that list... more »
  • Removing the "Robert E." from "Robert E. Lee High School" Play Video

    May 31, 2016 10:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Before the new Lee High School opens, there's some controversy over the origin of its name. At a meeting Tuesday evening, a committee came up with recommendations for new names in an attempt to distance the school from its confederate namesake, Robert E. Lee. ... more »
  • Lawmaker shelves Declaration of Independence in schools bill

    May 26, 2016 12:36 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A Denham Springs lawmaker shelved her bill requiring Louisiana public school students to recite the Declaration of Independence daily, under pressure from her African-American colleagues. Republican Rep. Valarie Hodges pulled her bill from House debate Wednesday before lawmakers could vote on the proposal. The measure would have... more »
  • Central schools crack down on residency requirements Play Video

    May 24, 2016 7:53 PM

    CENTRAL - With just a day away until school is out for the summer, the central school board is cracking down on what some call "education freeloaders." "We have a responsibility to the taxpayers ... to ensure that the children we are educating live in Central," Central Superintendent Michael Faulk... more »
  • Mom convicted over Facebook post to get new trial

    May 14, 2016 2:59 PM

    ROSWELL, N.M. - A New Mexico woman convicted of creating a public nuisance by posting an online comment about the possibility of a shooting at her son's school will get a new trial. The Roswell Daily Record reports (http://bit.ly/1shygtF) that Jeanette Garza Alvarez of Roswell will have a jury trial... more »
  • EBR schools say equipment in compliance after player's injury Play Video

    May 5, 2016 11:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A high school football player remains in the hospital after a serious injury incurred during a practice Wednesday afternoon . Sources said Marcus Thomas, number 37, is in ICU at an area hospital. Thomas, who will be a junior in the fall at Scotlandville High, is... more »
  • Videos of school yard brawls cause concerns about student safety Play Video

    May 5, 2016 6:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Videos of teens in Baton Rouge brawling at school have been posted on the internet and are raising concerns about school safety. The head of the East Baton Rouge Parish School System told The Investigative Unit the videos are "unacceptable". The videos have all been uploaded... more »
  • Deputies say drunk man stole school bus

    May 4, 2016 2:41 PM

    CHACKBAY - A man from Thibodaux was arrested Wednesday and charged with stealing a school bus and driving it while intoxicated. Jordan Molaison, 21, is charged with theft of a motor vehicle, simple criminal damage to property and 2nd offense DWI. The Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office says a... more »
  • Driver arrested for hitting school crossing guard

    May 2, 2016 9:51 PM

    SLIDELL - A school crossing guard was hurt after she was intentionally hit by a vehicle. Slidell Police say it happened Monday about 8:15 a.m. near Abney Elementary School. Witnesses say a man, later identified as 33-year-old Francis Gras, disobeyed the guard's instructions and began to argue with her. During... more »
  • Student hospitalized after fight at school Friday

    April 29, 2016 3:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A fight at a school required emergency personnel and police Friday afternoon. First responders were called to McKinley High School around 2:30 for a brawl involving students. The fight involved multiple people who were hurt, those who reported the incident advised authorities. Police cars and fire... more »
  • Florida school board votes to restrict transgender bathroom choices

    April 23, 2016 3:45 PM

    OCALA, Fla. - A school board in north Florida plans to restrict access to school bathrooms based on a person's biological gender. The Ocala Star-Banner reports that the Marion County School Board reached a consensus on Thursday on a resolution to ban transgender students from using bathrooms for the gender... more »
  • Senators reject school funding formula amid budget concerns

    April 14, 2016 12:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Senators have rejected the public school financing formula proposed by the state education board for next year, at the request of Gov. John Bel Edwards. Lawmakers in the current budget year boosted funding for K-12 public schools by $44 million outside of the annual financing formula. The... more »
  • EBR Head Start Program to hold Recruitment Fun Day Play Video

    April 8, 2016 4:28 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Now is the time to sign your children up for the 2016-2017 East Baton Rouge Head Start Program. The Head Start Program helps children develop through comprehensive activities relating to health, education, disabilities and family services. It offers services for all children, including many of those with special... more »
  • Major expansion at Walker High moving forward Play Video

    April 4, 2016 5:28 PM

    WALKER - A major expansion is coming to Walker High School in Livingston Parish as the project is set to go out for bids this week. The $20 million project will add more than 30 new classrooms along with career and technology classrooms, a new band room, a new... more »
  • Squirrel hunters cause lockdown at Arkansas primary school

    March 30, 2016 3:02 PM

    HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - A report of armed men near an Arkansas elementary school led to a campus lockdown before police confirmed the three were actually pest control employees chasing squirrels. A teacher at Gardner STEM Magnet School in Hot Springs saw the men about 8 a.m. Wednesday and notified... more »
  • UPDATE: No foul play suspected in Friday morning fire at Capitol High

    March 18, 2016 7:57 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Fire investigators responded to an early morning fire on Friday at Capitol High School. According to Mark Miles with the Baton Rouge Fire Department, emergency crews responded to the scene and found classrooms on the second floor of the building on fire. Miles said the rooms suffered... more »
  • Livingston Parish residents brace for Amite River crest

    March 14, 2016 5:22 AM

    LIVINGSTON- Residents in Livingston Parish are bracing for more flooding Monday morning. Officials are telling people to prepare for high water that will be moving through the area sometime early this week. The Amite River has not yet crested near French Settlement and Port Vincent. People in the Springfield area... more »
  • Safety priority when considering closing school Play Video

    March 10, 2016 11:01 PM

    WEST BATON ROUGE - Several school systems and universities across the area have canceled class Friday. Ascension, Livingston, Saint Helena, Tangipahoa, East Feliciana and Saint James Parish public schools are all closed. East Baton Rouge Parish is closed, but the closure was already scheduled as a workshop day for... more »
  • In superintendent selection process, Ascension to hire search firm

    March 8, 2016 10:12 AM

    DONALDSONVILLE- Wednesday, the school board in Ascension Parish will hear from search firms hoping to get the contract to find the system's next superintendent. Earlier this year, current superintendent Patrice Pujol announced she would be retiring in the spring after working in the district for more than three decades.... more »
  • Principal issues apology for text some parents find offensive Play Video

    February 29, 2016 9:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A school principal issued an apology letter to parents after sending a text message last week that some found offensive . The letter was sent home with students who attend Redemptorist Elementary in Baton Rouge, Friday. The text message, which was sent out to students two... more »
  • Parents take issue with school text message; call it offensive Play Video

    February 25, 2016 10:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Parents and guardians of Redemptorist Elementary students say a text message sent Wednesday by the school's principal is offensive and inappropriate. The text message, intended for all parents of students in K-7th grade said, "I understand that the boys want to follow the latest fashion trend,... more »
  • Need a tissue? School mocks 'whiners' in email to parents

    February 18, 2016 11:52 AM

    WILMINGTON, Del. - A Delaware school district has apologized after a staff member inadvertently sent parents a sarcastic "Hurt Feelings Report" that makes fun of "whiners." The News Journal of Wilmington reports that the form is structured like a bullying report and was attached to an email sent Wednesday... more »
  • EBRSO: Crash reveals school bus driver didn't have valid license Play Video

    February 17, 2016 12:29 AM

    BATON ROUGE - An East Baton Rouge Parish school bus driver has been fired after rear-ending a parked car Monday afternoon. She was issued two tickets by EBRSO deputies. One suggests she shouldn't have been driving at all. The accident happened Monday around 4 p.m. on North Flannery, near Delores,... more »
  • Former teacher of the year enters no contest plea to student sex charges Play Video

    February 16, 2016 10:45 AM

    PLAQUEMINE - In a solemn manner, former teacher Keavin Keith pleaded no contest to five counts of carnal knowledge of a juvenile and 30 counts of prohibited sexual conduct between an educator and a student Tuesday morning. #BREAKING Keith even fathered a child with one of his students.... more »
  • Istrouma High renovation costs more than anticipated Play Video

    February 10, 2016 11:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - At a community event Wednesday night, the East Baton Rouge Parish School System discussed a rough plan to get students back in classrooms at Istrouma High. Superintendent Warren Drake said the price to make all the renovations necessary is between $17 and $20 million. The district... more »
  • The Pledge of Allegiance: Most Blessed Sacrament Play Video

    February 1, 2016 10:59 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Today's Pledge of Allegiance comes from the Kindergarten class at Most Blessed Sacrament. Be sure to watch The Daily Pledge every weekday on 2une In at 5:58 a.m. to see if your child's school is featured! more »
  • Ascension School superintendent leaving to take national position

    January 27, 2016 1:29 PM

    DONALDSONVILLE - Superintedent Patrice Pujol is leaving the Ascension Parish School District this spring after working for the system for more than three decades, according to a spokesperson for the school. Jackie Tisdale said Pujol has accepted a position as President of the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching,... more »
  • Reopening of Istrouma High School could be delayed

    January 25, 2016 7:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - There could be a delay in the reopening of Istrouma High School after the school board encountered a snag trying to regain control of the school from the state and the Recovery School District. School board members are hoping to open the north Baton Rouge school in... more »
  • Bipartisan bill revises healthier meal standards in schools

    January 18, 2016 3:27 PM

    WASHINGTON - A bipartisan Senate bill released Monday would revise healthier meal standards put into place over the last few years to give schools more flexibility in what they serve. School nutrition directors and first lady Michelle Obama could be headed for a truce on healthier meal standards for the... more »
  • Man accused of selling synthetic THC for vaping Play Video

    January 12, 2016 11:24 AM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - Police arrested a Denham Springs gas station owner after narcotics detectives said they seized hundreds of bottles of vaporizer liquid which had synthetic THC in it which were being sold at the station. Police charged Essam Farhat on Dec. 7 with one count of distributing drugs,... more »
  • Amite Warriors watch fellow alum become governor Play Video

    January 11, 2016 6:16 PM

    AMITE CITY - Juniors at Amite High School watched fellow Amite Warrior, John Bel Edwards, take his oath as Louisiana's new governor today. "(It) gives me a lot of inspiration to think that someone who's the governor of Louisiana, came from the small town of Amite," said Kristen Good,... more »
  • Heat goes out at Baker High School

    January 11, 2016 1:33 PM

    BAKER - Administrators at Baker High School said classes are continuing even though their heaters aren't working. The school reported the problem midday Monday after a night of freezing temperatures, and said they're not sure what caused it. Superintendent Herman Brister said crews should fix the heaters by... more »
  • Photo released of bank robbery suspect

    January 11, 2016 12:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police released a photo of the man who detectives said robbed a Baton Rouge bank Monday and left behind a suspicious device. Baton Rouge Police said the man went into the Chase Bank at 3012 Government Street around 9:40 a.m. and went to a teller's window,... more »
  • Plans for Cortana anchor stores could include education, office space

    January 8, 2016 3:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The owners of Cortana Mall say they were "taken aback" by Macy's recent announcement to close the Cortana location, but say it will only give them a "greater opportunity to explore some larger concepts for the shopping center." Cortana Mall, located at the corner of Florida... more »
  • Students evacuated after gas line ruptures at school

    December 22, 2015 3:55 PM

    PRAIRIEVILLE - School administrators said a gas line break at Oak Grove Primary in Prairieville forced them to shelter students for a time until they could evacuate them from the campus. The school said the break in the gas line happened during construction on the campus Tuesday afternoon. Nobody... more »
  • Parents get report cards, not for students, but for schools

    December 17, 2015 2:41 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - It's report card time in Louisiana - not for students, but for public schools and school districts. Louisiana's education department on Thursday posted report cards that include letter grades. State Education Superintendent John White said the report cards are a tool for parents, allowing them to see... more »
  • New York dismisses threat that closed Los Angeles schools

    December 15, 2015 1:41 PM

    NEW YORK - Officials in New York say Los Angeles school officials overreacted today when they shut down every school in the nation's second-largest school district because of an emailed threat. The threat, sent to a school board member, raised fears of another attack like the deadly shooting in nearby... more »
  • WBRZ hosts Pat's Coats for Kids distribution day Play Video

    December 11, 2015 10:07 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Friday is distribution day for this year's Pat's Coats for Kids. This year's coat drive helped bring in thousands of jackets for children in Baton Rouge as we get into the coldest part of the year. Pat's Coats for Kids is an annual event that helps keep the... more »
  • Albany could get new school and upgrades Play Video

    December 10, 2015 6:04 PM

    ALBANY - The Livingston Parish School Board plans to ask Albany voters to approve a bond to pay for a new school and several upgrades across the area. The school board will call an election in April for the $13.5 million bond that would build a new $7 million elementary... more »
  • School, community mourn death of 14-year-old student Play Video

    December 10, 2015 1:29 PM

    GEISMAR - Flags at Dutchtown High School were lowered to half-staff the day after State Police said a 14-year-old student was hit by a pickup and died while riding his bike. Authorities said Brennan Rube was riding his bike south on LA 73 around 6 p.m. Wednesday when a... more »
  • Bakerfield elementary school on 'fire watch' Play Video

    December 9, 2015 6:14 PM

    BAKER - Administrators who are over the 175 students at Bakerfield Elementary School are all on alert. The school is under a fire watch because the fire alarm system is broken. The discovery was first made in August, during a routine fire drill. Every since then, the two... more »
  • Police: Boy arrested after shooting students with pellet gun

    December 2, 2015 11:02 AM

    KENNER - Kenner police arrested a 14-year-old boy after they say he shot two students with an Airsoft pellet gun. Lt. Brian McGregor said in a news release the teen shot two 12-year-old students Monday at Roosevelt Middle School in Kenner. McGregor says one girl was hit in the leg... more »
  • Stolen credit cards used at multiple stores in Glen Oaks area

    November 30, 2015 2:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Sheriff’s deputies are looking to identify a man and a woman seen using a credit card that was stolen from a Baton Rouge area school last month. Reports indicate the victim told detectives that her purse was stolen on Oct. 21, and both of her credit/debit... more »
  • Kids have bumps, bruises after school bus wreck

    November 20, 2015 6:10 PM

    PORT VINCENT - State Police are investigating a wreck near Port Vincent involving a loaded school bus and a pickup truck Friday afternoon. State Police said the accident happened on LA 42 north of LA 16 in Livingston Parish. Police said the pickup truck tried to pass and struck... more »
  • School no longer on lockdown after reports of nearby bank robbery Play Video

    November 17, 2015 12:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Administrators said a private school was locked down Tuesday morning after law enforcement responded to reports of an armed robbery at a Baton Rouge bank. Sheriff's deputies said a bank robbery was reported just before 11 a.m. at the Capitol One Bank on Bluebonnet across from... more »
  • Police say armed teen forced mom to drive him to school Play Video

    November 13, 2015 5:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police said they arrested a teen whose mother told officers he got a gun and forced her to drive him to a Baton Rouge high school Friday afternoon. Cpl. L'Jean McKneely said 18-year-old Jarreau Simmons was taken into custody at Scotlandville High, and officers later found... more »
  • EBR schools plan for peak of flu season Play Video

    November 12, 2015 6:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - With flu season getting started in October, the East Baton Rouge Parish School System is trying to get a grip on it before it peaks. Thursday, nurses were at Claiborne Elementary School to give vaccinations to 142 students. Consent forms were sent to the parents of all... more »
  • Truancy center cracking down on parents Play Video

    November 10, 2015 4:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A 42-year-old mother was arrested in Baton Rouge for failing to send her son to school. It's one example of the many cases handled by the Family and Youth Service Center in Baton Rouge. Stephanie Hicks with the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office says Tanya Green has... more »
  • More than 1,100 places deemed 'WellSpots' in Louisiana

    November 6, 2015 10:03 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana has given more than 1,100 small businesses, schools and higher education institutions a special designation designed to show they're making healthy choices. The state health department announced this week that a little more than a year after launching the initiative, 1,166 places have been named "WellSpots" across... more »
  • Springfield could get new high school campus Play Video

    November 5, 2015 4:56 PM

    SPRINGFIELD - The town of Springfield in Livingston Parish will get a new high school campus if voters in the area approve a $14 million bond issue. The Livingston Parish School Board will announce plans to call an election in April Thursday night. Most buildings on the current Springfield High... more »
  • Power outage to end charter school classes early

    November 5, 2015 1:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Administrators at a Baton Rouge charter school said a power outage forced them to end classes early and call parents to pick up their children Thursday. Director Diana Haynes of JK Haynes Elementary said the outage was expected to last through the rest of the school... more »
  • Applicants solicited for open school board seat Play Video

    November 2, 2015 6:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board will appoint someone to serve as an interim board member until there is an election early next year. The board made discussed the procedure at its meeting Monday night since Tarvald Smith resigned. Smith was elected to serve as... more »
  • Livingston Parish school site getting second chance at life Play Video

    October 28, 2015 5:42 PM

    WATSON - Construction has started in Livingston Parish to renovate the old Live Oak High School campus 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. Contractors are working... more »
  • Sheriff fires school officer after class arrest Play Video

    October 28, 2015 12:18 PM

    COLUMBIA, S.C. - A South Carolina sheriff says he has fired a school officer after video showed him flipping a teen backward out of her desk and tossing her across a classroom. Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said Wednesday that Senior Deputy Ben Fields has been fired. He had... more »
  • 'Nation's Report Card' a mixed bag for Louisiana

    October 28, 2015 7:21 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Results from exams given to a cross section of fourth-and eighth-graders nationally showed Louisiana lagging the nation in terms of proficiency in subject matter - with improvements in some areas and declines in others. The Nation's Report Card figures released Wednesday show that, while Louisiana fourth-graders' performance improved,... more »
  • 14-year-old to face terrorizing charges for Hammond school threat Play Video

    October 27, 2015 9:49 AM

    HAMMOND - Authorities said Tuesday that a 14-year-old in Hammond will face terrorizing charges for a threatening social media post. Hammond Police Chief Roddy Devall and Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards said they believe the boy made the post as a prank, but will have to face the consequences... more »
  • School bus crunches car near Glen Oaks HS

    October 23, 2015 4:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Authorities said nobody was hurt after a car collided with a school bus in East Baton Rouge Parish Friday afternoon. The collision happened around 3 p.m. near Glen Oaks High School, at the intersection of Oak Side Drive and Glen Oaks Drive. Authorities said students... more »
  • Loaded gun found in 4-year-old's bookbag

    October 23, 2015 2:30 PM

    AMITE - Police said a 4-year-old boy brought a loaded handgun to school in Amite Friday, and both his parents were arrested as a result. Amite City Police Chief Jerry Trabona said nobody was hurt or threatened by the gun, which was taken by a teacher. According to... more »
  • Authorities: 1 killed, 2 wounded in Tennessee State shooting

    October 23, 2015 5:02 AM

    NASHVILLE, TN.- Authorities say one person was killed and two others hospitalized in a shooting at Tennessee State University in Nashville. According to the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department's verified Twitter account, the fatal shooting Thursday night was apparently prompted by a dispute over a dice game in an outdoor courtyard.... more »
  • Judge grants injunction for teen to attend Central

    October 9, 2015 4:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A judge granted a temporary injunction Friday ordering Central Schools to allow a young girl to attend classes while a lawsuit over her residency status continues through the court system. Billy and Tonya Burkette sued the school district after administrators said their 14-year-old daughter had to... more »
  • 1 dead, 3 wounded in university shooting in Ariz.

    October 9, 2015 7:26 AM

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.- Officials say one person is dead and three others are wounded following an early morning shooting at Northern Arizona University. Police say the shooting began as a fight between two groups. University police chief JT Fowler identified the suspect as 18-year-old Steven Jones. He is believed to be... more »
  • Students learn about digital and broadcast media

    October 2, 2015 11:51 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Students at Galvez Middle School learned from WBRZ chief investigator Chris Nakamoto and sports anchor Chris Price about how the news industry works Friday morning. Nakamoto and Price told the students about what it's like gathering news, filming and editing stories, and putting them online as... more »
  • Harmless snake causes stir at high school volleyball game Play Video

    September 21, 2015 10:29 PM

    GONZALES – Sheriff's deputies called for assistance from the Galvez Lake Fire Department in dealing with a snake that was stuck in the rafters of a high school gym. Parents posted pictures and videos to social media accounts of the snake situation at Ascension Christian High School. The parents... more »
  • Police reviewing response to Muslim boy with clock at school

    September 18, 2015 6:01 PM

    DALLAS - Police in suburban Dallas are reviewing how officers responded to a 14-year-old Muslim boy who brought a homemade clock to school that was mistaken for a possible bomb. Irving Police Chief Larry Boyd said Friday that officers were justified Monday in questioning and handcuffing Ahmed Mohamed at MacArthur... more »
  • White House says Texas teen 'failed' by teachers

    September 16, 2015 3:59 PM

    IRVING, Texas - The White House says a 14-year-old Muslim boy was "failed" by his Texas teachers who thought a clock made by the teen was possibly a bomb. White House press secretary Josh Earnest called the episode involving Ahmed Mohamed a "teachable moment." Earnest's comments followed a... more »
  • Police: DSU shooting suspect is dead

    September 14, 2015 12:05 PM

    CLEVELAND, Miss. - The suspect in two shooting deaths in Mississippi was returning from Arkansas when a license plate reader scanned his plates on a bridge over the Mississippi River. Police began tailed Shannon Lamb's car, but did not try to pull him over. The suspect eventually pulled the... more »

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