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  • Ascension Public Schools summer classes, camps canceled for Wednesday

    June 20, 2017 5:31 PM

    ASCENSION – Ascension Public Schools summer classes and camps are canceled for Wednesday, June 21 as Tropical Storm Cindy approaches. All administrative services for Ascension Public Schools shall remain open with 12-month employees reporting to work as scheduled. Any employees who feel they cannot safely travel to or... more »
  • States test worksite charter schools for company kids

    June 17, 2017 11:23 AM

    RALEIGH, N.C. - A rarely applied experiment in education enabling companies to host taxpayer-funded charter schools for their employees' children may be about to spread. Florida is the only state bringing business-backed charter schools to work sites so far. Louisiana and Connecticut laws also encourage these charters. ... more »
  • Lawmakers: Louisiana students should get to carry sunscreen

    June 6, 2017 12:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Students shouldn't need a doctor's permission or their school's blessing to bring sunblock to Louisiana public schools. That's the decision of state lawmakers, who sent a bill authorizing Louisiana's public school students to carry sunscreen at school, to the governor for consideration. The House gave final passage... more »
  • EBR school officials considering school bus tracking technology Play Video

    May 18, 2017 7:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Parents may soon be able to track their child's school bus in East Baton Rouge Parish. School officials are looking into equipping school buses with tracking technology. About 35,000 students ride the bus every day and officials are trying to find ways to help answer... more »
  • More states allow sunscreen at schools without doctor's OK

    May 14, 2017 2:00 PM

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. - More states are letting kids use sunscreen at school without a doctor's note. Arizona, Washington and Utah have become the latest states to enact laws freeing students to bring sunscreen to school without special paperwork. Similar legislation is moving forward this spring in Rhode Island, Louisiana and... more »
  • East Baton Rouge Parish schools get an extra $1.1M from FEMA

    May 12, 2017 7:47 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Parish School System is getting an additional $1.1 million in help from the Federal Emergency Management Agency following the August flood. The disaster funding will help with demolition, cleaning, remediation costs of classrooms, offices, bathrooms and storage areas at four facilities. The additional... more »
  • Student enrollment on the rise as Livingston Parish recovers from flood Play Video

    May 9, 2017 8:59 PM

    LIVINGSTON PARISH - As schools finally recover from flooding in Livingston Parish, another problem has reared its head. Student enrollment numbers have taken a considerable dip after last year's flood. "The flood element brings a lot of anxiety, because there are a lot of unknowns," Superintendent Rick Wentzel... more »
  • Deputy superintendent of EBR Parish School District to resign

    May 8, 2017 6:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Parish School District announced the resignation of its deputy superintendent, Dr. Michelle Clayton, Monday. The announcement came late in the afternoon, along with a statement from Superintendent Warren Drake. "On a personal level, Michelle and I have worked together for over... more »
  • Supreme Court , including Gorsuch, to hear church-state case

    April 17, 2017 7:45 AM

    WASHINGTON - An important case about the separation of church and state comes up in Justice Neil Gorsuch's first week on the Supreme Court bench. The outcome could make it easier to use state money to pay for private, religious schooling in many states. The justices on Wednesday will hear... more »
  • New Jersey School district under fire over slave auction reenactment

    March 22, 2017 3:02 PM

    MAPLEWOOD - Parents at a New Jersey school are outraged after white students held a reenactment of a slave auction of a black child during class. A spokeswoman for the South Orange Maplewood school district outside New York says the assignment was not authorized by the district. Spokeswoman Suzanne Turner... more »
  • One Ascension school returns, another moves to temporary site after flood Play Video

    March 3, 2017 4:08 PM

    ST. AMANT – Two Ascension schools displaced from the historic August flooding finally moved from their temporary sites Monday morning. Lake Elementary moved from host sites Duplessis Primary, Prarieville Middle and the old RPCC campus to temporary buildings on its home campus. St. Amant Primary moved its PreK through... more »
  • Institute outlines challenges still facing Orleans schools

    February 15, 2017 2:00 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A think tank studying New Orleans public schools says the city's school board faces challenges as it prepares to take back governance of close to 50 schools from the state. All of those schools are now operated by independent charter organizations. And Tulane University's Cowen Institute says... more »
  • Denham Springs Elementary reopens after being closed by flooding Play Video

    February 5, 2017 9:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Thousands of schools destroyed in the August flood, thousands of families displaced, and thousands of students scattered around at different campuses. It has been months of hard times and hard work for the Livingston Parish School Board, but t he wait is finally over for Denham... more »
  • Ascension public schools delay installation of temporary buildings

    January 31, 2017 10:51 AM

    DONALDSONVILLE - Weather delays have officially pushed back Ascension Parish public schools' plans for temporary buildings. The buildings were intended to help schools cope with heavy flooding that occurred in 2016. According to Supertintendent David Alexander, the buildings originally slated for installation on Feb. 3, 2017 were delayed... more »
  • Board could create more charters, despite funding questions

    January 24, 2017 11:13 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's top school board is poised to create new public charter schools, despite questions about how the state would pay for them. Ongoing litigation has put financing for more than 30 similar schools in doubt. A committee of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education approved applications... more »
  • Maryland school employee fired for tweet aimed at student's spelling

    January 14, 2017 5:23 PM

    FREDERICK - A school system employee in Maryland who had a lighthearted quarrel with a student on Twitter over the student's spelling has been fired. Katie Nash tells The Frederick News-Post that she was fired on Friday afternoon from her $44,000-a-year job. A Frederick County Public Schools spokesman confirmed that... more »
  • Full list of school closures ahead of winter weather

    January 5, 2017 5:37 PM

    WEST FELICIANA PARISH – Public schools in St. Helena and East and West Feliciana parishes will dismiss students early Friday due to the upcoming cold weather. School officials in St. Helena Parish say schools will close at 2 p.m. to avoid the cold weather threat and ensure students'... more »
  • Two Central schools receive $4.2 million in assistance

    January 3, 2017 6:06 PM

    CENTRAL – Two Central schools have received about $4.2 million in federal disaster assistance to return students to the classroom after last year's flood caused damage to their campuses. FEMA announced Tuesday that Central Private School and Tanglewood Elementary School would recieve the aid. Central Private School was... more »
  • Livingston Parish public schools will remain open 21 minutes longer

    January 3, 2017 11:58 AM

    DENHAM SPRINGS – Students in Livingston Parish will have to stay in school an extra 21 minutes longer this spring semester. School officials announced Tuesday that all public schools will add 21 minutes of instructional time to their master schedules. This time will be divided between the start and... more »
  • Livingston schools impacted by flood to return to campuses by end of January

    December 12, 2016 1:21 PM

    LIVINGSTON – Livingston Parish Public Schools announced that all students displaced from the August flood will be back to their original campuses or on new temporary campuses by the end of January 2017. Students at Denham Springs High School and Denham Springs Freshman High will be on their original... more »
  • Public school report cards under renewed scrutiny by panel

    December 6, 2016 10:13 AM

    BATON ROUGE - An influential state panel is spending time wrestling with how to change public school report cards, including the all-important issue of rewarding annual academic gains. The effort is part of the state's plan to revamp public school policies to comply with a 2015 federal law called the... more »
  • Baker schools and BR to receive more than $6 million in flood recovery grants

    December 5, 2016 5:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The City of Baton Rouge and the Baker School System will receive more than $6 million in grants for flood recovery. Representative Cedric Richmond announced the availability of the federal funds on Monday afternoon. The Baker School System will receive $3.9 million for cleaning, damage... more »
  • East Feliciana schools to dismiss early due to severe weather approaching

    November 28, 2016 12:58 PM

    EAST FELICIANA – School officials have announced that East Feliciana parish schools will be dismissed earlier today due to severe weather approaching. Officials say that schools will dismiss at 2:15 p.m. instead of 3:15 p.m. There are currently two severe weather threats . The first first is expected for Monday... more »
  • sLocal app allows users discounts while giving back to schools Play Video

    November 25, 2016 8:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE – sLocal, an app dedicated to giving money back to education, launched in Baton Rouge just three weeks ago and the team hopes it will benefit several schools locally, statewide and even nationally. The sLocal app, with more than two years of development, allows businesses to sign... more »
  • Commission approves money to rebuild damaged Baker schools

    November 17, 2016 4:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Bond Commission approved $310 million for state projects and approved more than $12.5 million in interest savings Thursday, according to State Treasurer John Kennedy. Baton Rouge area projects include bonds for the Baker School District to finance rebuilding schools damaged by August's historic... more »
  • Ascension Public Schools remain fourth ranked public school district in the state

    November 17, 2016 10:31 AM

    ASCENSION – Ascension Public Schools remain ranked as the fourth top performing public school district in the state according to the 2015-2016 school report cards released Thursday by the Louisiana Department of Education. Ascension has maintained its "A" ranking for the fifth consecutive year with an overall performance score... more »
  • All St. Landry schools offering free lunch until end of year

    October 30, 2016 1:32 PM

    OPELOUSAS - Effective Tuesday, all schools in St. Landry Parish will offer breakfast and lunch at no charge to all students. The school system has been in the Community Eligibility Provision for the 2016-2017 school year. At the beginning of the school year more than 20 schools were included in... more »
  • Ascension school district moves forward on temporary building

    October 19, 2016 9:59 AM

    GONZALES - Bids go out this week for suppliers of temporary buildings for the campuses of four flood-damaged schools in Ascension Parish. School officials said arrangements made after the August flood - to send displaced students to host campuses and split the school day, in the case of two high... more »
  • Department of Education awards up to $1.5 million to restore flood-impacted schools

    September 16, 2016 10:43 AM

    The U.S. Department of Education has awarded Louisiana's Department of Education a grant up to $1.5 million to support education-related services in school districts hit the hardest by last month's flood. The grant, titled the Project School Emergency Response to Violence (SERV) grant, was awarded by the department's Office... more »
  • City-Parish & Waste Connections collecting school supplies for flood impacted students

    September 8, 2016 11:51 AM

    BATON ROUGE – Mayor-President Kip Holden announced that the City-Parish and Waste Connections have partnered to collect school supplies for schools in East Baton Rouge Parish and surrounding parishes impacted by last month's flooding. Suggested supply donations include pencils, pens, paper, notebooks, crayons, markers, dry erase markers, highlighters, calculators,... more »
  • Twin Oaks Elementary works to repair damage from flood Play Video

    August 31, 2016 7:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Major restoration is under way at 12 East Baton Rouge schools that were impacted by the recent flood, but Twin Oaks Elementary is on the fast track to get students back as soon as possible. The elementary school received a foot and a half of flood... more »
  • Damage to Central school district $6 to $8M

    August 30, 2016 11:20 AM

    CENTRAL - Officials say public schools in Central school district sustained between $6 million and $8 million in flood damage, the bulk of which stems from flooding at Tanglewood Elementary school. While Central does not carry flood insurance on its schools, Superintendent Michael Faulk told the school board Monday night,... more »
  • Livingston school officials surveying parents before announcing return date

    August 25, 2016 11:20 AM

    LIVINGSTON – Livingston Parish Public School officials are close to announcing a date for students to return back to school since last week's flood, however officials are still trying to locate students. Officials say that in order for them to decide a start date, they need to know if their... more »
  • Ascension Parish releases plan to accommodate students affected by flooding

    August 24, 2016 5:23 PM

    ASCENSION PARISH - Ascension Parish Public Schools released their temporary education plan for schools that are currently under remediation due to flood waters so that students can continue their education at alternate locations. The plan is available in detail at www.apsb.org/page/flood-recovery-temporary-education-plan . Galvez Primary -Kindergarten, 1st &... more »
  • Central school students to return Sept. 6; employees Sept. 1

    August 24, 2016 1:42 PM

    CENTRAL – Central Community School System officials announced that students will return to school on Sept. 6 and employees will return on Sept. 1. According to school officials, the school calendar will be adjusted to compensate for the missed days. School officials say that some schools will be have... more »
  • In some US schools, resistance to ending corporal punishment

    August 24, 2016 11:33 AM

    The message from the U.S. Education Department to schools has been to work toward positive school climates and less punitive approaches to school discipline. While much of the focus has been on reducing suspensions, another punishment is regularly debated - corporal punishment. It remains legal in 19 states despite... more »
  • Ascension Schools release temporary education plan

    August 23, 2016 9:06 PM

    The Ascension Public Schools Temporary Education Plan for Impact Schools is now available online . The website includes a graphic outlining the temporary placements for students in the parish, and also includes important messages regarding transportation, counseling, school uniforms and other important information. You can also view more... more »
  • Some Ascension Parish students to return to school on Wednesday

    August 22, 2016 6:17 PM

    DONALDSONVILLE - Ascension Public Schools are set to reopen in two phases as the surrounding community continues to recover from catastrophic flooding. All APS employees are to report to work on Wednesday, Aug. 24. Students attending schools in Donaldsonville will also return on that day. All other students in... more »
  • Baker schools return with strong numbers after flooding

    August 22, 2016 12:30 PM

    BAKER – City of Baker school officials say a large number of its students returned on Monday, just days after what some say is the worst storm since Hurricane Sandy. Baker High Principal Traci Morgan said that she was surprised by how many students showed up on Monday's school... more »
  • When will schools reopen? - Updated closure list

    August 19, 2016 6:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE – As Baton Rouge area communities begin to rebuild and recover, public schools are set to reopen in most parishes next week. The following schools are scheduled to open on these days: Parish Reopen Date ... more »
  • School uniform and supply drive to be held this weekend at Bluebonnet library

    August 19, 2016 4:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE – A drive will be held on Saturday for school supplies and uniforms for students who have been impacted by the recent severe weather and flooding. Donations for the drive will be held on Saturday, Aug. 20 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Bluebonnet Regional... more »
  • EBR students to return on Wednesday; some schools relocate

    August 18, 2016 6:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE – East Baton Rouge Parish superintendent and school officials gave an update on the status of multiple schools in the area on Thursday afternoon following the recent flooding. Superintendent Warren Drake announced that East Baton Rouge parish students were to report to school on Wednesday, Aug. 24... more »
  • Updated school closures list

    August 15, 2016 11:12 AM

    The following schools are scheduled to open on these days : Public schools by parish Parish Closure Ascension (includes Donaldsonville public and private schools) Closed through Friday East... more »
  • List of school, government offices, facility closures for Monday and Tuesday

    August 14, 2016 4:52 PM

    The following schools and government offices will be closed next week: State Government offices closed Monday in following Parishes: Acadia, Assumption, Beauregard, Cameron, Calcasieu, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Evangeline, Iberia, Iberville, Jefferson Davis, Lafayette, Livingston, Pointe Coupee, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. James, St. Landry, St. Martin, St.... more »
  • All St. James Parish schools closed on Friday due to weather

    August 11, 2016 2:04 PM

    ST. JAMES – The St. James Parish School System has announced that all of the schools within the parish will be closed on Friday due to the severe weather in the area. The school system announced early dismissal all of its West Bank schools on Thursday afternoon. However,... more »
  • La. education superintendent gets 'favorable' job evaluation

    August 10, 2016 2:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's top school board has given state Superintendent of Education John White a positive job evaluation, but no more job security than the month-to-month deal he's had since the new board's term began in January. The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education reviewed White's performance in a... more »
  • School zones go in effect Wednesday

    August 9, 2016 5:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Police are warning drivers that all school zones across the city will be in full effect and strictly enforced starting Wednesday. The 20 mph school zones will be in effect between 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. then again from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. unless otherwise... more »
  • Ascension Parish schools welcome students back on first day Play Video

    August 8, 2016 8:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Over 20 Ascension Parish schools welcomed 22,000 students on Monday. For Dutchtown Principal, Carli Francois, the beginning of school this year was something she has been waiting for. "I miss them terribly, the first couple of weeks, and we appreciate the quiet, while we analyze... more »
  • Ascension public schools fight bullying with new campaign

    July 28, 2016 8:29 AM

    GONZALES - The Ascension Parish school district is partnering with the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office to give students a simple, anonymous way to report bullying. In the coming school year, students will be able to text 847411, type in APSO and their message about a bullying incident and send it... more »
  • Lafayette schools mull changing pledge of allegiance policy

    July 2, 2016 3:13 PM

    LAFAYETTE - Instead of every student having to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance, students in Lafayette may be allowed to meditate in silence or recite the pledge. The Lafayette Parish School System is reviewing its policy after a civil rights advocacy group alleged an Acadiana High teacher mistreated a... more »
  • Search for Ascension Superintendent starts over Play Video

    June 24, 2016 6:15 PM

    ASCENSION PARISH - Finding a new superintendent hasn't been easy for school board members in Ascension Parish. After narrowing the search down to four finalists, board members decided to advertise the position again. "We have big shoes to fill," said Patricia Russo, president of the school board. ... more »
  • Edwards agrees to new restrictions on drones in Louisiana

    June 22, 2016 1:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards has signed into law new limits on drone use in Louisiana. A bill by Rep. Stephen Dwight, a Republican from Lake Charles, will restrict drone use near schools, school property or correctional facilities. It includes exceptions for police, situations where the landowner grants... more »
  • Charter school restriction headed to House floor for debate

    May 18, 2016 10:55 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards' effort to remove an unused method for creating charter schools has passed its first hurdle in the House, after earlier winning Senate support. The House Education Committee voted 7-5 Tuesday to advance the bill to the House floor for debate, after previously rejecting... more »
  • Livingston educators regrouping after new taxes fail

    April 11, 2016 5:57 PM

    LIVINGSTON - Livingston Parish educators are regrouping after two, new tax proposals failed Saturday in Albany and Springfield. Livingston Parish Public Schools Superintendent John Watson says he respects the wishes of the voters. Watson says passing two new taxes was tough to sell to voters, but it still comes as... more »
  • Livingston voters reject funding for school upgrades

    April 9, 2016 10:48 PM

    SPRINGFILED – Voters in Livingston Parish rejected a proposal Saturday that would have funded a new high school in Springfield and upgrades to schools in Albany. One proposal would have approved a $14 million dollar bond issue that would go toward building a new school on land already owned... more »
  • Three area school districts reopen Tuesday

    March 14, 2016 2:15 PM

    LIVINGSTON - Public schools resume classes Tuesday in Livingston, Tangipahoa and Ascension parishes. The school district closed schools last Friday and Monday because of severe weather and flooding. High water made it difficult for students, teachers and bus drivers to move around the parish. District... more »
  • Schools in several parishes closed Friday

    March 10, 2016 4:17 PM

    With several roads closed due to heavy rainfall and storms still rolling through, multiple parishes have announced their public schools will be closed on Friday. St. Helena, Livingston, Ascension, St. James, East Feliciana, West Feliciana and Tangipahoa parishes have announced they'll remain closed due to flooding. Private schools... more »
  • Ascension Schools cancel Friday classes

    March 10, 2016 3:10 PM

    GONZALES – School leaders in Ascension Parish announced that all after school activities scheduled for Thursday and classes Friday will be canceled. The schoolboard’s decision to cancel activities follows Jay Dardenne’s announcement that state offices in 36 parishes will close early Thursday and remain closed Friday. This is... more »
  • Assumption Parish schools to reopen Thursday

    February 24, 2016 7:05 PM

    ASSUMPTION PARISH - Schools in Assumption Parish are set to reopen Thursday after they were closed Wednesday behind a series of strong storms. All schools in parish will be back open with classes resuming as regularly scheduled. School administrators said if anyone is in need of assistance due... more »
  • Edwards education board appointees noncommittal on White

    January 9, 2016 11:22 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - New members of the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education take office Tuesday but it remains unclear what types of changes may be in store for Louisiana schools. Gov.-elect John Bel Edwards, who takes office Monday, said during the campaign that he wants to replace... more »
  • School systems concerned about nonprofits authorizing charter schools Play Video

    January 7, 2016 4:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Several school systems in the Baton Rouge region are speaking out against the possibility of a nonprofit having authority to approve charter schools. New Schools for Baton Rouge, a local nonprofit, applied for authority to approve charter schools with the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.... more »
  • LA students returning to school after threat

    December 16, 2015 11:33 AM

    LOS ANGELES - Students are heading back to class a day after an emailed threat triggered a shutdown of the vast Los Angeles Unified School District. School buses are rolling Wednesday morning and parents are dropping off children at campuses in the nation's second-largest school district. The decision Tuesday to... more »
  • In schools, on streets and TV, children feel Muslim backlash

    December 14, 2015 11:28 AM

    The backlash against American Muslims is leaving a mark on some of the nation's youngest minds. Muslim parents say their children hear disparaging remarks in their own communities, see hateful bumper stickers and T-shirts, and have had friends abandon them because of their faith. After seeing presidential candidate Trump on... more »
  • Walker leaders pushing for more sidewalks Play Video

    December 3, 2015 5:19 PM

    WALKER - Leaders in Walker are on a mission to have more sidewalks, and grant money from the state is making that a reality. Walker is already in phase three of its sidewalk project to create safer routes to and from schools. The third phase will cost $684,000 and will... more »
  • BESE BOARD APPROVES TWO CHARTER SCHOOLS FOR EBR PARISH

    December 2, 2015 4:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education gave the final approval for two charter schools for the parish at a meeting on Wednesday. The President of BESE, Chas Roemer told News Two that most of the discussion happened at a committee meeting Tuesday. The vote... more »
  • 'School choice' community wary of new governor Edwards

    November 23, 2015 4:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov.-elect John Bel Edwards' alliances with education unions and traditional public school leaders are drawing concern. "School choice" groups worry that Louisiana's next governor will seek to revisit legislative battles over charter schools and the state's voucher program. In a sign of the strength of Edwards'... 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 »

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