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  • 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 »
  • Student arrested after social media threats closed New Orleans school

    March 30, 2017 11:56 AM

    NEW ORLEANS – A 15-year-old student has been arrested after police say he posted threats on social media that caused the closure of Isidore Newman School in New Orleans. According to a report from WWL , the teen was arrested on Thursday afternoon at his home. According to... more »
  • Student enrollment decrease following flood to impact Livingston teachers Play Video

    March 28, 2017 7:31 PM

    LIVINGSTON – Some teachers will not be returning to Livingston Parish following the August flood, due to a decline in student enrollment. Parish schools got back to their campuses following the flood just weeks ago and more changes are coming for the staff. "Some schools, they lose populations... more »
  • Governor Edwards pushes education package

    March 28, 2017 7:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Closing loopholes for some voucher students and eliminating corporal punishment for disabled children are some of Governor John Bel Edwards' proposals for the upcoming legislative session. The administration released its education package in a news release Tuesday afternoon. Edwards is supporting a bill by State Representative Franklin... more »
  • Police: Maryland teen planned shooting at school

    March 27, 2017 1:44 PM

    THURMONT, Md. - Authorities in Maryland say a shotgun, ammunition and bomb-making materials were found at the home of an 18-year-old student planning an attack at her high school. The Frederick County sheriff's office said in a statement Monday that one of the teen's parents notified Catoctin High School officials... more »
  • Tennessee school bus driver pleads not guilty in deaths

    March 24, 2017 1:06 PM

    CHATTANOOGA - A Tennessee school bus driver has pleaded not guilty to six counts of vehicular manslaughter in a crash last November that killed six children. WTVC-TV reports that Johnthony Walker was arraigned via video Friday morning in Hamilton County Criminal Court. Walker is also charged with four counts of... more »
  • 19-year-old accused of sexually assaulting two on Kentucky school bus

    March 22, 2017 1:44 PM

    STANFORD, Ky. - Authorities say a 19-year-old Kentucky high school student is facing charges, accused sexually assaulting two younger students on a school bus. Local news organizations report 19-year-old Ryan Rayburn was arrested Friday on two counts of sodomy involving a 14-year-old girl and 11-year-old boy on a bus in... more »
  • Court: Student prayers OK at school board meetings

    March 20, 2017 8:53 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal appeals court says a Texas school board can continue to let students offer public prayers at its meetings. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans upheld a lower court ruling dismissing a lawsuit against the Birdville Independent School District. It was filed... more »
  • Employee on paid leave following incident with Bernard Terrace Elementary student

    March 14, 2017 5:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE – An employee is on paid administrative leave following an incident with a student at Bernard Terrace Elementary School. According to East Baton Rouge Parish School System officials, the incident caused an injury to the mouth of a student. However further details about the incident have not... more »
  • 8-year-old left on school bus for hours after falling asleep Play Video

    March 14, 2017 11:27 AM

    ASCENSION – An eight-year-old boy was left on a school bus Monday for five hours after he fell asleep on his way to school, Ascension Parish School District confirms. The child was a second grade student at Donaldsonville Primary. The boy's aunt told News 2 that she was not... more »
  • Galvez Middle School opens temporary campus Monday Play Video

    March 12, 2017 11:09 PM

    ASCENSION - Students of Galvez Middle School are ready to return to class Monday morning. The students and staff have been displaced since the floods last August, and the temporary campus is finally ready for 500 students to fill its halls. "The Galvez Pirates are coming home. All... more »
  • Mishap forces Michigan college team's plane off runway

    March 8, 2017 4:30 PM

    YPSILANTI, Mich. - The plane carrying the Michigan men's basketball team slid off a runway during an aborted takeoff Wednesday, causing extensive damage. The team said everyone aboard was safe. Team spokesman Tom Wywrot emailed reporters describing the incident at Willow Run Airport, about 15 miles from the campus in... more »
  • Graffiti threatens 'Sandy Hook 2017' at East Jefferson High

    March 8, 2017 1:24 PM

    METAIRIE - The Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office is investigating spray-painted threats that appeared at East Jefferson High School Wednesday morning. Graffiti reading "#Sandyhook2017" and "Shooting the school up - Crazy white boy" were found on walls of the school as students arrived for class. Classes were not canceled,... more »
  • Science standards rewrite wins support, with evolution tweak

    March 7, 2017 8:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's top school board is poised to back a rewrite of the state's science standards for public schools, the first revamp of the teaching benchmarks in two decades. The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education gave preliminary support Tuesday to the standards. They were drawn up by... more »
  • On Louisiana's public schools' fees, report urges caution

    March 5, 2017 12:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's public school districts charge fees for everything from uniforms and school supplies to lockers and parking. A new report prepared for the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education urges districts to use "extreme caution" in enacting such fees in a state where many students come from... more »
  • Mississippi teacher charged with sexual battery

    February 26, 2017 12:09 PM

    PURVIS, Miss. - A teacher is behind bars in Forrest County for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a high school student. WDAM-TV reports that Amy Gore was arrested Friday for an incident that allegedly occurred when the 41-year-old worked last year at Hattiesburg High School. Gore is charged with... more »
  • Racist video draws condemnation, is removed from YouTube

    February 21, 2017 5:27 PM

    NORFOLK, Va. - A civil rights group and officials at Old Dominion University are condemning a racist video that was circulating online until YouTube removed it. The Virginian-Pilot reports that the video shows a white woman in an ODU sweatshirt using expletives and racial slurs in a rap rant against... more »
  • Baton Rouge area Catholic school responds to student's racist essay about Black History Month

    February 20, 2017 4:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Parents and students of a Catholic high school received a letter, apologizing after a student's essay that chastised African Americans circulated on the internet. The essay, assigned to a class at St. Michael the Archangel in Baton Rouge, was about Black History Month. Instead of writing... more »
  • Troopers: Wrong way South Carolina school bus driver charged with DUI

    February 20, 2017 2:44 PM

    NEWBERRY - South Carolina troopers say a bus driver has been charged with driving under the influence after officers saw him drive a school bus the wrong way down a highway. Highway Patrol Sgt. Bob Beres said that 50-year-old Brent Carter was driving the Goose Creek High School bus east... more »
  • No classes for funeral after teen killed in weekend crash

    February 19, 2017 10:28 PM

    NEW ROADS – False River Academy in New Roads will cancel classes Wednesday to allow faculty and students to attend the funeral of a senior student. Louisiana State Police say 17-year-old Clayton Jarreau was killed while traveling southbound on LA 417 early Sunday morning. Troopers say he was not... more »
  • St. Amant High reopens for the first time since flood Play Video

    February 12, 2017 10:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - St. Amant High School is ready to open its doors for the first time since the August floods. The school has been shut down for six months. In that same time, Principal Mia Edwards and much of the faculty have also been displaced by the flood.... more »
  • Shreveport student arrested, accused of having gun at school

    February 11, 2017 8:48 PM

    SHREVEPORT - A teen is facing charges after he was reportedly found with a gun at a Caddo Parish high school. KSLA-TV reports Shreveport police were called to C.E. Byrd High School just after noon Thursday on a tip in the investigation into the shooting death of 15-year-old Antonio Newsom.... more »
  • St. Amant High School to reopen February 13

    February 9, 2017 6:38 PM

    ST. AMANT - St. Amant High School will reopen on Monday, following months of repairs after the August flood. Ascension Parish School Board officials said the move-in date comes after a successful Fire Marshal inspection, completed Monday. "We are very excited that the Gators will get back to... more »
  • Student arrested, accused of bringing loaded gun to Baker High School

    February 7, 2017 11:06 PM

    BAKER – Police have arrested a 17-year-old Baker High School student accused of bringing a loaded pistol to class. Baker Police got a call from the school around lunchtime Tuesday. Chief Carl Dunn tells News 2, Trelvis Everson caused a ruckus in a classroom but when Everson was sent... more »
  • Temporary campus for Denham Springs Elementary to open on Feb. 6

    February 2, 2017 12:15 PM

    LIVINGSTON – Livingston school officials, teachers, staff and volunteers are working to ready the new temporary campus for Denham Springs Elementary to welcome students on Monday, Feb. 6. The new temporary campus is located next to the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church on Hatchell Lane. It will serve as the... more »
  • Dad: drive-by victim was to join Army Reserves

    February 1, 2017 9:19 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The father of an 18-year-old killed in a drive-by shooting in front of a New Orleans high school says his son was in Tulane University's culinary catering program and was planning to join the Army Reserves. Lawrence Williams Jr. said Lawrence Williams IV had never been in... more »
  • Drive-by near New Orleans school kills two; packed ball game locked down

    February 1, 2017 1:09 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans police say a drive-by shooting killed two men in front of a high school during a basketball game. WWL reports that Edna Karr High School's auditorium was at capacity and was locked down for more than an hour Tuesday night. Police Superintendent Michael Harrison said... more »
  • Justice Department reaches agreement to desegregate St. James schools

    January 31, 2017 12:27 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Department of Justice has reached an agreement with the St. James Parish School District that will end court supervision of the district’s schools. The consent order, approved Monday by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, addresses all remaining issues in the school... more »
  • School shootings rise when economy struggles, study suggests

    January 30, 2017 12:10 PM

    WASHINGTON - A new study finds that school shootings rise when the economy tanks, even as violent crime in general appears to be unaffected. Researchers analyzed data from 379 shootings in schools between 1990 and 2013 and found a link between changes in national and local unemployment rates and the... more »
  • Report shows number of voided standardized tests down

    January 28, 2017 12:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - A Jefferson Parish middle school threw out 145 of its students' state standardized LEAP tests in the 2015-16 school year, the highest number of tests tossed at a single school. Those were among the findings of the state education department's annual testing irregularity report. Overall, 186... more »
  • Unhinged man escapes ambulance, causes disturbance at school Wednesday Play Video

    January 25, 2017 11:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police and paramedics had to deal with a patient that caused a disturbance near a school and then escaped from an ambulance Wednesday evening. A state trooper at St. Thomas More Catholic School was on the scene by coincidence at a time when some parents were picking... more »
  • Juvenile arrested for threatening to bomb East Iberville High School

    January 25, 2017 3:33 PM

    ST. GABRIEL – A juvenile was arrested on Wednesday after he threatened to bomb East Iberville High and Elementary School. The incident happened around 9 a.m. on Wednesday when a caller stated that he was coming to blow up the school. The students and teachers were evacuated while the... more »

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