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  • Teachers prepared for Common Core despite turmoil Play Video

    July 18, 2014 5:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Despite a dispute at the state level over who will provide the year-end testing assessment for Louisiana students, teachers are ready for the school year and think the best path forward is Common Core. "Common Core is a good thing," said Sandra Guilbeau, a teacher at Scotlandville... more »
  • NFL to restrict evaluations of underclassmen

    July 18, 2014 11:56 AM

    NEW YORK - The NFL will limit the number of underclassmen who can receive evaluations for the draft to five from a single school, although special exceptions will be allowed. Concerned about the record 107 underclassmen who applied for this year's draft, and with 37 of them not selected, the... more »
  • Buses are stuffed, time to unpack Play Video

    July 17, 2014 7:48 AM

    BATON ROUGE - We raised $67,000 worth of school supplies yesterday for students in Ascension and Baton Rouge Parishes during our annual Stuff the Bus drive. Now it's time for the hard part: unpacking all those buses. Volunteers will Unstuff the Bus today. 2une In's Rebecca Buchanan visited... more »
  • Charter group out amid scandal

    July 16, 2014 10:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A national charter school organization won't be in charge of Dalton Elementary when the school opens this fall. The group, FUSE, gave up the charter amid a scandal at its home office on the East Coast recently. The CEO resigned after it was unveiled he did not... more »
  • Increase in vouchers raises questions Play Video

    July 15, 2014 6:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE - This upcoming school year nearly 7,000 students will use vouchers to attend private schools paid for by the state and your tax dollars. The program was originally set up to provide options for low-income families as an opportunity for kids in failing schools to attend a... more »
  • Stuff the Bus begins tomorrow Play Video

    July 15, 2014 6:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The 7th annual Stuff the Bus event begins tomorrow at 6 a.m. as WBRZ and the community work to bring in needed school supplies for area students. Volunteers in Public Schools knows the need first hand and has seen how students respond to a full backpack. ... more »
  • La. school bus law could add costs and travel time

    July 5, 2014 11:32 AM

    MONROE, La. - Officials are warning that a new state law could cause a big increase in school bus costs and travel times across Louisiana. The law, which takes effect in August, prohibits bus drivers from picking up or dropping off students in locations where they would have to cross... more »
  • Pointe Coupee School Board delays Central High opening Play Video

    June 27, 2014 6:45 PM

    MORGANZA - A school closing in Pointe Coupee Parish has many parents extremely frustrated because now there is just one public high school, and parents worry it will not be enough for their kids. For more than two decades Pointe Coupee Central High School has struggled to compete with... more »
  • New charter school opening in Baker Play Video

    June 26, 2014 9:52 AM

    BAKER - We might be in the heat of summer, but it's already time start thinking about heading back to school. A $7 million charter school is now in the works for Baker. Impact Charter Elementary will be the first new school in the city in several decades. Principal... more »
  • Ferry survivors return to school amid tears, grief

    June 25, 2014 2:05 AM

    ANSAN, South Korea - More than 70 teenagers who survived a ferry sinking that killed hundreds of their schoolmates walked in a somber procession Wednesday to their first classes since the April disaster. Some of the 74 students, wearing white and black uniforms and carrying book bags, bowed their heads... more »
  • Prepare your kids for fall classes at Back to School Expo Play Video

    June 24, 2014 7:56 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Summer just started, but it is never too early to start preparing your kids to go back to school. Amerigroup and Lex Lee's Kids can help you do that at their Back to School Expo. It's on Saturday, June 28th from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.... more »
  • Board decides not to keep Taylor as superintendent Play Video

    June 19, 2014 9:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board voted Thursday night not to renew Superintendent Bernard Taylor's contract. It was set to expire at the end of June 2015 and the board chose not to keep him on as the head of the public school system once it... more »
  • We asked a teacher to explain Common Core lessons Play Video

    June 18, 2014 10:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A public school teacher explained Common Core as a method to encourage students to take control of the conversation when it comes to solving problems and developing their critical thinking skills. "We really become facilitators. We facilitate questions to them and they are the ones that are... more »
  • School spending, state worker pay gets budget boosts

    June 3, 2014 10:34 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers approved a $24.6 billion budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year that begins July 1. It will increase spending on services for the disabled, higher education and public schools, and give pay raises to rank-and-file state workers and state troopers. Gov. Bobby Jindal can strip... more »
  • $3.6B school funding plan receives final passage

    May 30, 2014 4:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A $3.6 billion financing plan to pay for Louisiana's public schools next year has received final legislative passage with a 95-2 House vote. The school formula for the 2014-15 school year was written by the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. It will increase spending for... more »
  • Delete the nude selfies

    May 29, 2014 7:35 PM

    BRIDGEWATER, NEW JERSEY- A school superintendent in New Jersey warned students to delete nude pictures of themselves on cell phones or face the consequences. The school wasn't named but its a high school in the Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District. The superintendent sent a letter to parents saying it... more »
  • Schools to decide on driving while talking cell phone ban

    May 21, 2014 6:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE- School districts and its schools will decide whether or not restrictions in specific school zones should include a ban on using handheld cell phones while driving through the area. A watered down version of the law was approved by lawmakers and heads to the governor's desk for... more »
  • Central Freshman Academy construction to begin soon Play Video

    May 20, 2014 5:46 PM

    CENTRAL- A battle between two contractors to build the Central Freshman Academy will end quietly this week as the two companies agreed to binding arbitration. Buquet & Leblanc won the initial low bid for the estimated $5.2 million dollar construction, but Cangelosi Ward argued their slightly higher bid should... more »
  • St. Helena school to take part in arts program

    May 20, 2014 1:52 PM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - An elementary school in St. Helena Parish was one of three selected to take part in a nationwide program using art to turn around troubled schools. The St. Helena Arts and Technology Academy was selected along with two schools in New Orleans and Homer to receive... more »
  • Board, BRAC at odds over legislation dealing with principal powers

    May 15, 2014 9:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Public school system leaders denounced a legislative plan to give more power to principals and slash the power of school boards. The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board approved a resolution opposing Senate Bill 636. Two board members, David Tatman and Barbara Freiberg, abstained. Essentially, the bill... more »
  • Lawmakers reject bill to kill Common Core tests

    May 5, 2014 3:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A back-door effort to undermine Louisiana's use of testing tied to Common Core education standards has failed to win legislative support. Republican Rep. Brett Geymann of Lake Charles proposed to require legislative approval before the education department could spend money on the standardized tests tied to Common... more »
  • BRAVE goes to school to talk to students Play Video

    April 17, 2014 5:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Students at Capitol High got a first hand look at the major players in the fight against crime, including the top law enforcement officials involved in the BRAVE program. The students held an open forum to discuss the best ways to escape street violence and lead a... more »
  • Parents, students, and faculty respond to school's abrupt closure Play Video

    April 16, 2014 10:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Career Academy Public Charter High School in Baton Rouge is closing because there is no building to accommodate the students. The building is rented out by East Baton Rouge Parish Schools and it is asking for the building back for a new magnet middle school... more »
  • Career Academy closing, parent meeting tonight

    April 16, 2014 5:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Administrators for the Career Academy Charter High School in Baton Rouge announced they would close at the end of May because they had to move facilities and there were no buildings to house their 243 students. A spokesperson for the charter school said the EBR Parish... more »
  • Student in Calcasieu arrested for bringing gun to school

    April 11, 2014 12:11 PM

    SULPHUR - Sheriff deputies in Calcasieu Parish have arrested a middle school student for bringing a gun to school. The 14-year-old was arrested Thursday. Officials at W. W. Lewis Middle School in Sulphur say students told the assistant principal about a student who brought a gun to school... more »
  • School where stabbings occurred may reopen Monday

    April 10, 2014 6:39 AM

    MURRYSVILLE, Pa. - Officials say a western Pennsylvania high school where 21 students and a security guard were stabbed or slashed by a student is no longer being treated as a crime scene and will likely reopen Monday. Murrsysville police Chief Thomas Seefeld and Superintendent Gennaro Piraino (pih-RAH'-no) announced those... more »
  • The new Lee High

    April 4, 2014 10:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Construction could begin soon on a new school sitting on a giant, rolling plot of land in the heart of the city. Milton Womack, Inc. will build the $49 million Lee High School where the former complex stood on Lee Drive between Highland Road and Perkins.... more »
  • Truancy roundup leads to drug arrest Play Video

    March 26, 2014 5:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police are finishing up a two day roundup of parents who haven't been sending their children to school. The truancy roundup focused on handing out summons to parents whose children have missed more than ten days of school and have shown a history of absences. ... more »
  • School bus driver, two students injured in accident with dump truck

    March 24, 2014 8:48 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Police are investigating an accident Monday morning involving a school bus and dump truck. The accident happened this morning at the intersection of Airway Dr. and Choctaw Dr. According to EMS, the bus was rear-ended by the dump truck. The bus driver and two students were... more »
  • St. George calls for school superintendent to resign

    March 18, 2014 3:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The organization behind the incorporation of the City of St. George asked for leaders of the East Baton Rouge Parish School System to apologize and resign amid a state audit of the education system in the parish. Tuesday, the group asked board member Belinda Davis, State Representative... more »
  • Mom arrested after teachers witness beating

    March 14, 2014 10:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A mother faces charges after school administrators told an East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's deputy she beat her child in front of them. Akilah Finley, 32, faces cruelty to a juvenile charges. According to her arrest report, witnesses saw her smash her son's head into a... more »
  • Police point to discipline problems for teacher arrest Play Video

    March 14, 2014 6:29 PM

    BAKER- Police are pointing to discipline problems at Baker Middle School as a reason one teacher may have taken discipline into her own hands. Deborah Anderson was arrested and charged with simple battery after police say she grabbed a student's shirt and 'yanked' him into the hallway because his... more »
  • Bill approved to overhaul school textbook review process

    March 12, 2014 2:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Lawmakers are considering an overhaul to Louisiana's process for reviewing textbooks to give school districts more freedom to decide which instructional materials they want to use. The Senate Education Committee agreed Wednesday without objection to the proposal. Sen. Conrad Appel, the committee's chairman, says he's trying to address... more »
  • BESE delays decision on $3.5B school funding plan

    March 7, 2014 12:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has stalled action on a $3.5 billion annual school funding formula due to state lawmakers by March 15. BESE members said Friday they wanted more time to work on the spending proposal, which would pay for the operations... more »
  • Transgender student says he lied

    March 4, 2014 7:31 PM

    SAN FRANCISCO- A transgender teen who claimed to police on Monday he was savagely beaten and sexually assaulted at school recanted on Tuesday. It came after further questions from detectives in Hercules, a suburb of San Francisco. The 15-year-old first claimed three boys attacked him in a bathroom... more »
  • Senator files bill for more EBR school districts

    February 28, 2014 2:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Mack "Bodi" White, a republican senator from Central, is reportedly pre-filing a bill to create four independent school districts in East Baton Rouge Parish. The districts would be under an "umbrella" of schools in East Baton Rouge. One of them would be the Southeast district that... more »
  • School ads to reflect nutritional values Play Video

    February 25, 2014 5:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE - New regulations came today for healthier advertisements on school campuses. The next step in First Lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" campaign to fight obesity is to make advertisements at schools follow the school nutrition standards. The new regulations prohibit ads for what's considered unhealthy foods on... more »
  • Father claims he never abused "truant mom"

    February 14, 2014 5:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The father of two children, whose mother is wanted by police for letting the kids miss a combined 137 days of school, claims he hasn't abused their mother and wants the kids back in class. When Ramon Odds learned his children had missed a large portion of... more »
  • Mom wanted for letting kids skip 137 school days Play Video

    February 12, 2014 6:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Police are looking for a woman who they said let her kids skip a combined 137 days of school this year. Kenyetta Criss, 33, is accused of letting her 8-year old and 11-year old children miss at least 60 days of school each without excuses. The... more »
  • Three area school districts leading way in technology Play Video

    February 5, 2014 6:00 PM

    PRAIRIEVILLE- Ascension Parish Schools are one of nine districts in the state and three in our area highlighted for their use of technology in schools Wednesday. In the past two years the state has increased technology in school districts, with 47 districts meeting the state's expectations of one computer... more »
  • SU employees should still report, other schools closed

    January 23, 2014 2:03 PM

    UNDATED- The threat of potential winter weather in south Louisiana has caused schools across the region. Here is a list of all schools that will be closed on Friday: * St. James - Announce mid-morning they would close immediately because of declining weather conditions * Alfred G.... more »
  • Super termite eating school; building collapse feared Play Video

    January 15, 2014 10:33 PM

    NAPOLEONVILLE - Two schools are under attack from a termite that has eaten nearly half a gymnasium. The gym at Napoleonville Primary has been shut down after a colony of Formosan Subterranean Termite infested the building. The termite is known for destroying homes and eating any untreated woods in... more »
  • Shreveport student brings loaded gun clip to school

    January 8, 2014 2:50 PM

    SHREVEPORT- A student at Youree Drive Middle School in Shreveport has been arrested after allegedly bringing a 9mm clip loaded with bullets to campus. The school was locked down for nearly two hours Wednesday as police searched for weapons after authorities discovered the gun magazine. Caddo Parish Schools System officials... more »
  • Cold hoax doesn't cut Ouachita school attendance

    January 6, 2014 2:25 PM

    MONROE- A Ouachita Parish School System spokeswoman says attendance appears normal in spite of an online hoax saying cold would close schools on Monday. Aline Smead says Superintendent Bob Webber and attorneys are discussing whether to ask police to investigate the fake notice posted Sunday on social media sites. She... more »
  • Ascension Schools practice active shooter drills Play Video

    December 13, 2013 5:37 PM

    GONZALES - The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office teamed up with Ascension Schools to initiate three surprise active shooter drills. The drills simulated an intruder on campus and tested the readiness of teachers, students and staff. During the drill, sheriff's deputies walked the halls to ensure every door was... more »
  • Documents uncovered show questions about charter group Play Video

    December 12, 2013 9:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The federal government has had its eye on a charter school company at the center of an FBI raid since for at least two years, documents uncovered by the WBRZ News 2 Investigative Unit show. Wednesday, federal agents stormed the Kenilworth charter school. They spent hours... more »
  • Rapides school district to purchase up to 50 buses

    December 12, 2013 8:54 AM

    ALEXANDRIA- More than 20 school buses in the Rapides Parish School District are older than the students they carry. Twenty-four of the local school district's fleet are from 1998 - most purchased used in 2003 - and are the oldest of those used for daily routes. Rapides' Director of Transportation... more »
  • Kindergartner accused of molesting child Play Video

    December 10, 2013 4:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A family is demanding answers after they claim their six-year-old was molested by another kindergartner at Audubon Elementary last week. The incident occurred while the students were on a bathroom break using the buddy system. "The young lady stripped completely naked, kissed my daughter and straddled... more »
  • Mandela remembered in Baton Rouge Play Video

    December 5, 2013 11:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Nelson Mandela's legacy is being remembered in the wake of his death. The icon is memorialized on the Southern University campus at the school for public policy. "The story of his life reveals the fact that human capacity with a strong will can overcome any amount of... more »
  • Tangipahoa board rejects 2 charter applications

    December 5, 2013 6:16 AM

    AMITE- The Tangipahoa Parish School Board has denied two charter school applications and tabled discussion on another. On Wednesday, the board shot down applications for Life Preparatory Academy and Hammond Charter Academy. It deferred a vote on Tangi Academy until later in December, when a special meeting is expected to... more »
  • Newtown releases 911 calls from school shooting

    December 4, 2013 2:36 PM

    HARTFORD, Conn.- Recordings of 911 calls from the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting show town dispatchers calmly responding to a janitor, a teacher and others and assuring them help is coming. The operators urge the people inside the school to take cover as they reach out to town officials and... more »
  • Group removes bid for charter school in Ascension

    December 3, 2013 7:11 AM

    DONALDSONVILLE- The Ascension Parish School Board learned over the weekend that the organizers of a potential charter school have withdrawn their application for now, leaving only one applicant to make a presentation before the board. The news came before a public hearing on charter school applications set for Tuesday at... more »
  • School memo promotes do-overs on tests Play Video

    November 20, 2013 6:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A new policy endorsed by the East Baton Rouge Parish School System Central Office grants students at certain schools the right to re-do assignments and re-take tests regardless of their grade. Belaire and Tara High Schools were the first to roll out the new policy defining... more »
  • Central voters agree to extend school tax

    November 18, 2013 7:52 AM

    CENTRAL - Voters in Central approved a school proposition to allow the district to borrow $13.1 million and repay the bonds by extending an existing property tax for five years. The measure passed with 59 percent of the vote. The funds will be used to build a ninth-grade... more »
  • 3 shot near Pittsburgh high school, gunman loose

    November 13, 2013 2:54 PM

    PITTSBURGH - School officials say three people were shot in or near a Pittsburgh high school, and police are searching for a gunman. School officials say three students were shot outside Brashear High School on Wednesday afternoon as they walked to a vehicle they'd all taken to school earlier in... more »
  • Official: Student brought firearm on campus

    October 31, 2013 9:43 AM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE - School leaders in West Feliciana Parish say a student in their district will face disciplinary action for allegedly bringing a weapon on school grounds. According to Superintendent Hollis Milton, someone alerted staff members Wednesday that a student had an unloaded firearm while participating in an extracurricular... more »
  • Justice Dept. asks for delay in voucher case

    October 30, 2013 10:01 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Attorneys for the Justice Department are asking for more time to provide documents to the state over a case involving the state's private school voucher program. The attorneys say the recent government shutdown has delayed their ability to compile the documents and have asked for a... more »
  • Good bye Istrouma; community not ready for state's closure Play Video

    October 29, 2013 10:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A community is planning a theoretical funeral, since the state-run school system is closing a nearly century old institution. Closing Istrouma High School at the end of the school year will also cost dozens of teachers and staff their jobs. Tuesday, the Recovery School District announced Istrouma... more »
  • Vote on residency delayed

    October 28, 2013 11:03 PM

    CENTRAL- Enacting tougher requirements for attendance in Central City Schools was delayed Monday night. The school board was scheduled to vote on changes that would have required parents show voter registration cards, utility bills, or proof of insurance of a primary residence inside city limits to get their kids... more »
  • State releasing latest school, district grades

    October 24, 2013 7:31 AM

    BATON ROUGE - State education officials will release Thursday the latest evaluations of public schools and school districts - including letter grades that take into account student achievement on state standardized tests and additional measures of student success. State Superintendent of Education John White says the grading system has... more »
  • La. High School Boxing Hall of Fame inductions set

    October 16, 2013 8:50 AM

    SUNSET- The newly formed Louisiana High School Boxing Association is getting ready for its inaugural Hall of Fame Induction and Reunion. The event is set for Sunday afternoon in the city of Sunset at the Sunset Events Center. In a news release, the group says 33 former prep boxers and... more »
  • Central could change school requirements Play Video

    October 14, 2013 5:40 PM

    CENTRAL - The Central School System recently proposed beefing up requirements to prove students who enroll in their schools actually live in the district. Superintendent Michael Faulk was asked by the community and the school board to strengthen the residency requirements. The proposed rules would require parents to provide... more »
  • New Ascension school ready Play Video

    October 10, 2013 5:22 PM

    GONZALES- The new GW Carver Primary School on Cornerview is just days away from welcoming its first students. The school will replace the old campus, where renovations weren't cost effective. Today, crews worked to pack up the last of the school as students continue to learn despite the... more »
  • 6 students to serve jail time after school brawl

    October 9, 2013 2:03 PM

    OPELOUSAS- Six students arrested after a disturbance at Opelousas High School will begin serving a month in the Opelousas jail Thursday. Judge Vanessa Harris dropped charges against two students, saying they had tried to break up the fight. The six students - four 17-year-olds and two 18-year-olds - will serve... more »
  • Parents not giving Common Core education plan an A+ Play Video

    October 1, 2013 10:30 PM

    ASCENSION PARISH - An educational initiative has some Louisiana parents saying they have no voice when it comes to their child's education. "The nation itself doesn't understand our values here," said parent Crystal Matherne. The Common Core initiative defines what students need to learn in English and mathematics.... more »
  • Teen in trouble for recording other girls changing at school

    September 27, 2013 10:54 PM

    CENTRAL- School leaders have disciplined a junior high school student after she took pictures, possibly video, of another student changing in the girls' locker room this week and then posted the footage on YouTube. It happened at Central Middle School. Superintendent Michael Faulk said he could not discuss the... more »
  • Schools warned as deputies pursue suspects

    September 27, 2013 10:18 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Sheriff's deputies warned two East Baton Rouge Parish schools to heighten security while they searched for a suspect in connection with a series of burglaries today. Sheriff's office spokesperson Casey Rayborn Hicks said Parkview Oaks Elementary and Middle School were placed on "Hold and Secure," which... more »
  • Judge rules IG can investigate N.O. School Board.

    September 25, 2013 11:42 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The inspector general for the city of New Orleans can investigate the Orleans Parish School Board. State District Court Judge Christopher Bruno made the ruling that was released today. The School Board was denied a request to throw out a subpoena of the board's financial... more »
  • Oklahoma teen found guilty in school shooting plot

    September 25, 2013 9:08 AM

    TULSA, Okla. - A teenager has been convicted of plotting to kill students and teachers in a mass shooting at a northeastern Oklahoma high school. The Washington County jury on Tuesday found 19-year-old Sammie Chavez guilty of planning to cause bodily harm and recommended a 30-month prison term. The... more »
  • Teen arrested w/ hatchet, knife and pellet gun near schools

    September 23, 2013 3:04 PM

    WATSON- A teenager has been booked into juvenile jail after being arrested with a hatchet, knife and pellet gun near schools in Livingston Parish Monday. The sheriff's office did not release the name of the 15-year-old, because of his age. Deputies said the teenager was stopped on Cecil... more »
  • St. Helena board seeks to regain control of school

    September 17, 2013 9:15 AM

    GREENSBURG- The St. Helena Parish School Board is appealing a federal judge's decision to deny the board a new trial after the judge rejected the parish's request to offer middle school grades to its students. U.S. District Judge James J. Brady shot down a request in August by the school... more »
  • Louisiana schools lag in technology

    September 15, 2013 12:10 PM

    LAFAYETTE - Lafayette Parish schools need more computers and must upgrade current devices to keep pace with other Louisiana districts and adequately prepare for online standardized tests. In a recent report, state education officials said the parish does not meet minimum device standards or a minimum student-to-testing-device ratio of 7:1.... more »

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