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  • LSU professor fired for profanity, plans court fight

    June 29, 2015 9:36 AM

    BATON ROUGE- An LSU associate professor has been fired for using curse words and telling sexually-themed jokes to undergraduate students. However, Teresa Buchanan, says she is the victim of a "witch hunt." She plans to fight her dismissal in court. The dismissal of Buchanan, who specializes in early childhood education... more »
  • Teacher resigns amid sexual misconduct investigation check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 10, 2015 6:14 PM

    PLAQUEMINE- A high school teacher at St. John Catholic High School resigned as an investigation into alleged misconduct with another student began. Documents obtained by the Investigative Unit show the complaint was first filed by the principal at the school last December. We're told the principal received a tip... more »
  • House backs pension hike for retired teachers, state workers

    May 27, 2015 6:42 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Retired state employees, public school workers and teachers would get a boost to their pension checks, under a bill advancing to the state Senate for consideration. The House voted 80-20 Tuesday for the proposal by Rep. Sam Jones, a Democrat from Franklin. The measure would provide a 1.5... more »
  • Teacher accused of passing pot brownies to students

    May 22, 2015 5:28 AM

    COVINGTON - A former Archbishop Hannan High School teacher turned herself in after being accused of passing out brownies laced with marijuana to two girls. Multiple news outlets report 29-year-old Camille Brennan turned herself in Thursday, one day after the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office obtained a warrant for her... more »
  • Teacher accused in sex crimes wanted to be a pastor check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 20, 2015 12:08 AM

    PLAQUEMINE - The baptist ministry won't be helping a teacher accused of having sex with his students become an ordained minister, religious leaders said Tuesday. The Baptist Association of Greater Baton Rouge was vetting Keavin Keith. Keith, a teacher at the Math Science and Arts Academy West, was filling... more »
  • Teacher accused of sleeping with students posts bond check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 19, 2015 6:43 PM

    PLAQUEMINE - A teacher at the Math Science and Arts Academy West in Iberville Parish posted a $100,000 bond this afternoon, following his arrest on 37 counts of inappropriate behavior with students. Keavin Keith allegedly met his victims in the ninth grade classroom where he taught Geography and Civics.... more »
  • Teacher of the year faces 30 charges of sex with students

    May 19, 2015 11:03 AM

    PLAQUEMINE- A teacher at the Math Science and Arts Academy West in Iberville Parish posted a $100,000 bond this afternoon, following his arrest on 37 counts of inappropriate behavior with students. Keavin Keith allegedly met his victims in the ninth grade classroom where he taught Geography and Civics. Sheriff... more »
  • Teacher registers as sex offender after getting plea deal Play Video

    May 18, 2015 11:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A teacher took a plea deal that keeps her from going to jail, but requires she register as a sex offender following her arrest for having sex with a student earlier this school year. According to a sex offender database, Ashley Dowden registered Friday. Court documents... more »
  • East Baton Rouge: Beyond Bricks check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 15, 2015 9:13 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Community leaders are continuing their efforts to breathe new life into the public school system. The group, Beyond Bricks, spent months researching what the community wants and needs from their public schools. Now, they're sharing what they've found in an attempt to help move the system forward. ... more »
  • Teacher accused of sex with student posts bond check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 21, 2015 2:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A former Christian Life Academy teacher accused of having sex with one of her students posted a $25,000 bond and was released from jail Wednesday. Sheriff's deputies arrested 27-year-old Amber Anderson Tuesday on charges of felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile. Detectives said the student's... more »
  • Schools nationwide struggle with substitute teacher shortage

    March 20, 2015 1:57 AM

    SOUTH BEND, IN - A shortage of substitute teachers nationwide has school districts scrambling to fill positions, with some raising pay as they try to attract more applicants as the economy improves. School officials say the problem has forced schools to divide classes when teachers are absent, making it more... more »
  • Teacher accused in student sex case bonds out of jail

    February 25, 2015 12:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE - An East Baton Rouge Parish School System band instructor bailed out of jail a month after he was booked on forcible rape and prohibited sexual conduct between an educator and a student charges. Robert M. Lewis, 30, was fired the day after he was arrested. Lewis... more »
  • Cool Schools: Lewis Vincent Elementary check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 3, 2015 8:12 AM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - A volunteer at Lewis Vincent Elementary in Denham Springs is opening the eyes of her third graders In more ways than one. Mary Haupt is blind, but she doesn't let that slow her down. She says teaching is what she was born to do and credits... more »
  • Teacher accused of hitting student surrenders

    February 2, 2015 1:30 PM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE - Sheriff's deputies said a teacher accused of slapping and kicking a student in West Feliciana Parish surrendered Monday to an arrest warrant. Deputies said 31-year-old Chanel Lemelle arrived at the jail with her attorney Monday morning and was booked on the charge. She immediately posted a... more »
  • Okla. teacher accused of sex with student in teacher's lounge

    January 23, 2015 11:49 AM

    WAYNOKA, Okla. - An Oklahoma teacher has been suspended with pay after admitting to having sex with a male student, including inside the school teacher's lounge. An anonymous tip led investigators to question and arrest 32-year-old Daresa Poe Tuesday on charges of sexual battery and second-degree rape. Investigators... more »
  • School fires teacher in student sex case check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    January 22, 2015 10:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE - School administrators fired a Scotlandville band instructor Friday who's accused of having sex with one of his students. Deputies charged Robert M. Lewis, 30, with forcible rape and prohibited sexual conduct between an educator and a student Thursday night. Lewis has been on paid leave since... more »
  • St. Thomas More teacher accused of sex with student

    January 22, 2015 6:00 PM

    LAFAYETTE - A St. Thomas More High School teacher has been arrested, accused of having sex with a student. The Advertiser reports 27-year-old Joshua Krieg, of Lafayette, was booked Wednesday for carnal knowledge of a juvenile. Bond was set at $40,000. It was unknown if he has an attorney. Lafayette... more »
  • BESE delays action on teacher retirement study

    January 14, 2015 2:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - In a turnaround, the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has delayed action on a study of Louisiana's $12 billion teachers' retirement debt. A $143,000 study to do the review cleared a BESE committee Tuesday 8-2. But final action was delayed Wednesday until the board's March... more »
  • Abbeville High teacher accused of sex with student

    January 7, 2015 4:03 PM

    KAPLAN - An Abbeville High School teacher has been arrested after allegedly having an inappropriate relationship with a student. The Advertiser reports Nicholas Willis has been charged with carnal knowledge of a juvenile. Kaplan Police Chief Boyd Adams says Willis is in in the Kaplan City Jail on a $200,000... more »
  • Dufresne pleads not guilty in group sex case

    November 25, 2014 1:39 PM

    HAHNVILLE - A 32-year-old Destrehan High School teacher accused of having sex with a 16-year-old student has been charged in St. Charles Parish with carnal knowledge of a juvenile. Shelley Dufresne's attorney, Deanne Williams, entered a not guilty plea to the felony charge at her arraignment Tuesday. Dufresne remains free... more »
  • Natchitoches teacher arrested for sending student nude photos

    November 20, 2014 2:13 PM

    NATCHITOCHES- A Natchitoches Central High School teacher is free on $2,000 bond following her arrest for sending nude photos to a 17-year-old student. Police arrested 27-year-old Nickol Smith after the city's High Tech Crime Unit found the pictures in the cell phones for her and the boy. Police say... more »
  • Teacher takes plea after gun discharges at school

    November 5, 2014 1:52 PM

    SALT LAKE CITY - A Utah schoolteacher whose gun accidentally went off in an elementary school bathroom is agreeing to pay a fine and take a firearm-safety class as part of a plea deal. Authorities say Michelle Montgomery has already paid $200 to replace a toilet that exploded when her... more »
  • Cool Schools: Copper Mill Elementary check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 4, 2014 7:53 AM

    ZACHARY - This week's Cool School is Copper Mill Elementary in Zachary where a teacher is using inspiration from his travels across the world to help students in 5th and 6th grade. Darryl Allelo is a professional artist who is teaching elementary students art technique and history they normally... more »
  • Teacher arrested for alleged lewd comments

    October 27, 2014 5:58 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A Lee High School teacher turned himself in to law enforcement authorities after one of his former students accused him of making inappropriate comments to her at school on several occasions. East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff's deputies arrested 50-year-old Oscar C. Mays, Friday on accusations of... more »
  • Lawsuit: Ala teen used as bait in school sex sting

    October 12, 2014 10:23 AM

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The Justice Department is asking that a lawsuit be revived that says Alabama school district officials are responsible for a sexual attack on a 14-year-old girl a teacher's aide used as bait for 16-year-old with a history of sexual harassment. The lawsuit says the aide asked the... more »
  • Bond set for coach accused of sexual assaulting student

    October 11, 2014 6:09 PM

    NEW ROADS - Bond was set at $75,000 for the volleyball coach and biology teacher at Pointe Coupee Parish high school accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a student. Nick Domingue, 27, was booked into the Pointe Coupee Parish prison and has not bonded out yet. His lawyer... more »
  • State Supreme Court hears arguments on teacher tenure

    September 5, 2014 3:09 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A law toughening teacher tenure requirements in Louisiana is up for arguments before the state Supreme Court. Friday's high court hearing deals with a Baton Rouge judge's decision that the 2012 legislation that included the tenure changes was unconstitutional. State District Judge Michael Caldwell ruled that the... more »
  • Appeals court says school workers improperly fired

    September 4, 2014 3:38 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana's Supreme Court is set to hear arguments in the case of thousands of New Orleans public school employees who were fired after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Lower courts have ruled that the employees were denied due process rights by the New Orleans school board and the... more »
  • Former teacher faces child pornography charge

    June 20, 2014 10:23 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Federal prosecutors say a grand jury has indicted a former New Orleans teacher with being in receipt of child pornography. In a news release, U.S. Attorney Kenneth Allen Polite Jr.'s office said 43-year-old Don Francis Jr., of Metairie, was indicted on Thursday. Authorities say Francis has been... more »
  • We asked a teacher to explain Common Core lessons check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 »
  • Bond increased for teacher accused of AIDS exposure

    May 30, 2014 10:43 AM

    HOUMA - A judge gave a million-dollar bond Friday to a teacher accused in Terrebonne Parish of exposing someone to AIDS. Sheriff's deputies charged Derrick Nesby, 37, of New Orleans with intentional exposure to the AIDS virus Thursday. Deputies arrested him the day before on suspicion of sleeping... more »
  • Teacher accused of intentional exposure to AIDS

    May 29, 2014 11:38 AM

    GRAY - Sheriff's deputies upgraded charges against a Terrebonne Parish teacher Thursday to include intentional exposure to AIDS. Deputies arrested Derrick Nesby, 37, of New Orleans Wednesday evening on suspicion of felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile. On Thursday, detectives upgraded his charges to include intentional exposure to AIDS.... more »
  • Parents frustrated over unavailable LEAP scores

    May 16, 2014 10:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Parents and educators appeared frustrated Friday after learning the state was not going to release results of the standardized tests, known as LEAP. The Department of Education projected to have results ready by Friday, May 16. The information is important since it decides if some kids can... more »
  • Student trapped lawsuit

    May 9, 2014 8:01 PM

    DETROIT- The parents of a boy with Asperger's syndrome who was filmed trapped in a chair at school say they may file a lawsuit over a teacher seen taunting the boy. Their lawyer says they have no recourse since the Goodrich School District did not follow through on its... more »
  • Accused steroid-pushing coach bonds out of two jails

    April 3, 2014 9:55 PM

    DONALDSONVILLE- A coach, accused of pushing steroids on at least one high school athlete, bonded out of two jails by Thursday night. Curtis Tsuruda was arrested Tuesday after parents of a Donaldsonville High School athlete reported their son was given steroids. When he talked with deputies, Tsuruda confessed to... more »
  • Deputies: coach wanted to win, pushed steroid use check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 1, 2014 10:33 PM

    DONALDSONVILLE - Investigators believe a coach's hunger to win drove him to give his high school student athlete steroids. Tuesday, Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Tony Bacala said what happened at Donaldsonville High is no joke. Aphysical education teacher was arrested for distributing steroids to a student. ... more »
  • Donaldsonville High teacher arrested for steroids Play Video

    April 1, 2014 2:40 PM

    DONALDSONVILLE- A teacher and coach at Donaldsonville High School has been arrested for giving steroids to a student athlete. Curtis Tsuruda served as a strength and conditioning coach at the school since August of 2013. Detectives say Tsuruda had given the student athlete steroids after he led the... more »
  • Police point to discipline problems for teacher arrest check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 »
  • Student talks about incident that got teacher arrested check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 13, 2014 8:12 PM

    BAKER - A mom is concerned about where her son will attend school after a teacher was arrested for "yanking" him by his clothes. "I don't even want him to go back to school," said mom Charity Schofield. "I don't want him back there because I feel like what... more »
  • Teacher tenure back before B.R. judge

    December 20, 2013 11:46 AM

    BATON ROUGE - State teacher tenure and salary laws are back in the hands of a Baton Rouge judge. Judge Michael Caldwell heard new arguments Friday on the revamp of the laws he had ruled unconstitutional. He said there were too many items bundled together in one law. ... more »
  • Documents detailing Mass. teacher's slaying sought

    November 22, 2013 6:57 AM

    SALEM, Mass. - More details may be released in court in the death of a popular Danvers teacher who police say was killed by one of her students. The Associated Press, The Boston Globe and other media organizations have asked a Salem District Court judge to lift an order... more »
  • Teachers retirement fund earns $1B

    November 12, 2013 8:24 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Hefty investment earnings increased the Teachers Retirement System of Louisiana's assets more than $1 billion during the past fiscal year ending June 30. TRSL Executive Director Maureen Westgard says the investment return was 13.8 percent. System assets jumped from $13.5 billion to $14.66 billion, according to the... more »
  • State to review teacher evaluations

    October 18, 2013 6:28 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The state plans to do a review of a key part of Louisiana's controversial new evaluations for some public school teachers. The state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education directed Executive Director Heather Cope, in consultation with state Superintendent of Education John White, to come up... more »
  • Teacher caught cursing students check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    October 15, 2013 6:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A substitute teacher is no longer lecturing students after a profanity-laced tirade which parents called a verbal assault on their children. A student captured the rant on his cell phone Monday morning at Glasgow Middle School. Terri Mclendon's son, who she says was one of the... more »
  • Teacher tenure law under renewed fire

    August 30, 2013 10:51 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The president of a teachers' union says his group will again ask a district judge to toss out a state law that makes it harder for public school teachers to earn and retain tenure. Steve Monaghan, president of the Louisiana Federation of Teachers, says the group's original... more »
  • Judge: Part of teacher tenure law unconstitutional

    August 16, 2013 5:30 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A north Louisiana judge has declared part of a 2012 law overhauling teacher tenure law in the state unconstitutional. State District Judge Benjamin Jones ruled Friday in a lawsuit against the Monroe City School Board. He said the constitutional rights of a teacher facing dismissal were violated... more »
  • Lesbian teacher settles with Catholic Diocese

    August 15, 2013 7:46 PM

    COLUMBUS, OHIO- A lesbian Catholic school teacher who challenged her firing will not get her job back as part of a settlement with the Diocese of Columbus. Instead, lawyers say Carla Hale will receive "acknowledgement" for her years of service at Bishop Watterson High School. Both parties would not disclose... more »
  • Teachers line up for last minute job fair in Baton Rouge check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    August 10, 2013 6:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE - It was announced only a couple of days ago, but word of the job fair still spread. "I just graduated actually from Michigan, so I decided to come down here. I was physical education major and I graduated in may," says Taylor Turcott. Dozens of... more »
  • DOE names 2014 teacher, principal of the year

    July 15, 2013 2:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Two St. Charles Parish educators are taking the state's top honors for teachers and principals. The Department of Education named Ajit "AJ" Pethe (PEH-thay), principal of Luling Elementary, as the 2014 Louisiana Principal of the Year, while La'Keisha McKinney, a reading and math teacher at R. J. Vial... more »
  • Alleged 'sexting' teacher may face upgraded charge

    June 19, 2013 1:52 PM

    EUNICE, La. - The "sexting" case against former Eunice High School teacher Jackie Fruge, originally filed in Eunice Municipal Court, is likely to be upgraded to a felony and moved to the state district court. The Daily World reports both prosecutors and defense attorney Laura Rougeau have agreed to the... more »
  • Science camp experiment sends 3 to hospital

    June 17, 2013 4:21 PM

    COVINGTON - Two boys and a teacher were injured when a science camp experiment went wrong. Elaine Simmons, an official at St. Scholastica Academy, says 911 was called after two boys and the teacher were injured. At St. Tammany Parish Hospital, spokeswoman Melissa Hodgson says both boys were sent to... more »
  • HS teacher accused of having child pornography

    June 12, 2013 9:01 AM

    METAIRIE- School officials say a 43-year-old Grace King High School teacher accused of child pornography has been placed on indefinite leave from his job. The Jefferson Parish public school system disclosed the employment status of Walter Sologaistoa, of Kenner, but did not say whether the Spanish teacher is still being... more »
  • Body is missing teacher, drowning cause of death

    June 10, 2013 3:31 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Orleans Parish coroner's office says the body found inside a car pulled from a New Orleans bayou this weekend has been identified as missing teacher Terrilynn Monette, and that the cause of her death was drowning. Coroner's investigator John Gagliano said Monday that dental records were... more »
  • Jury finds for Ohio teacher fired while pregnant

    June 3, 2013 4:15 PM

    CINCINNATI - A jury has sided with a teacher who sued a Catholic archdiocese in Ohio, saying it violated anti-discrimination laws by firing her after she became pregnant via artificial insemination. The federal jury found the Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati discriminated against Christa Dias by firing her in 2010. The... more »
  • Teacher tenure lawsuit sent back to district court

    May 31, 2013 4:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Supreme Court has asked a Baton Rouge district judge to review his decision to throw out Gov. Bobby Jindal's revamp of teacher tenure and salary laws. Judge Michael Caldwell had ruled that the legislation was unconstitutional because it bundled together too many items spanning Louisiana's... more »
  • Senate panel rejects delay for teacher evaluations

    May 30, 2013 4:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Senators killed House-backed education bills that sought delays in the disciplinary effects of a new teacher evaluation system and the use of ACT scores in calculating high school performance grades. The Senate Education Committee rejected both bills Thursday, after facing opposition from Gov. Bobby Jindal and Superintendent... more »
  • Teacher accused of indecent behavior with student

    May 14, 2013 11:58 AM

    SLIDELL - Authorities arrested a junior high school teacher in Slidell for indecent behavior with a juvenile, according to Attorney General Buddy Caldwell. The AG's Office said 34-year-old Traci Beaucoudray is accused of having inappropriate contact with one of her former students. The arrest was a result of... more »
  • Back from Boston, LSU trainer still dealing with aftermath

    April 24, 2013 6:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Trainer Ray Castle and three student trainers from LSU went to the Boston Marathon to aide with those running the race, but their work quickly went from a controlled situation to a scene of chaos when the two bombs exploded just seconds apart. Castle was about... more »
  • Missing teacher's family visits from Belgium check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 11, 2013 4:55 PM

    BRUSLY - It's been 640 days since anyone has heard from Sylvianne Finck Lozada, her daughter Angelina, or her husband Oscar who's been named a "person of interest" in her disappearance. Lozada's godson, Anton Finck, met with friends and colleagues at Brusly High School Thursday to get a first-hand... more »
  • New Orleans teacher arrested in child porn case

    April 10, 2013 9:00 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- The FBI says a teacher at St. Mary's Academy in New Orleans has been arrested for allegedly enticing 14-year-old boy to produce sexually explicit images. The Times-Picayune reports 29-year-old Keith Joseph McGee was arrested Tuesday by the FBI's Child Exploitation Task Force. St. Mary's Academy is a private... more »
  • Teacher accused of showing student obscene pic

    March 27, 2013 11:06 AM

    SHREVEPORT - Caddo Parish sheriff's deputies say a teacher at Woodlawn High School has been booked into the Caddo Correctional Center on obscenity. Sheriff Steve Prator says Michael D. Parsons was overseeing in-school suspension at the high school on Feb. 13 where he allegedly showed an obscene photo to a... more »
  • Bossier Teacher Arrested

    March 25, 2013 11:14 AM

    HAUGHTON - Bossier Parish sheriff's deputies have arrested a Haughton teacher for allegedly having sexual conduct with a 17-year-old student over the past few weeks. Lt. Bill Davis says 28-year-old Jessica Banet, a teacher at Princeton Elementary School and one of the coaches of the girls' softball team for Haughton... more »
  • Friends, colleagues and strangers search for missing NOLA teacher

    March 7, 2013 9:41 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- Volunteers are helping to search for a teacher who hasn't been seen since the weekend. Fellow teachers said Thursday, Terrilynn Monette is one of the best teachers, and it's not like her to vanish. They're hoping they can find something to lead them to her. For... more »
  • Judge throws out Jindal's teacher tenure revamp

    March 4, 2013 11:13 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A judge has thrown out Gov. Jindal's revamp of teacher tenure laws as unconstitutional because it was contained in legislation with too many other items. Judge Michael Caldwell previously had thrown out parts of the education law that limited the authority of local school boards. But he... more »
  • Age is a state of mind

    March 1, 2013 8:17 PM

    LOS ANGELES- One of the nation's oldest full time schoolteachers retired at 94. Rose Gilbert called it quits at Palisades Charter High School after teaching 63 years. She says it was time before she got too old to do something else. Now, she's a volunteer at a health clinic and... more »
  • Archdiocese says no bias against pregnant teacher

    February 25, 2013 7:33 PM

    CINCINNATI- An unmarried Catholic school teacher who claims she was fired because she was pregnant was not discriminated against according to the Cincinnati Archdiocese. The archdiocese filed its response to Kathleen Quinlan's lawsuit saying there is no factual basis for her claims and wants the lawsuit thrown out. Quinlan sued... more »
  • Teacher accused of raping mentally challenged teen

    February 14, 2013 2:12 PM

    SHREVEPORT- A 33 year-old teacher in Caddo Parish is under arrest for raping and sexually abusing a mentally challenged 17 year-old student. Authorities say Jeremy Pierce, who teaches at Port City Christian Academy touched the girl inappropriately many times on school grounds, texting her to call her out of... more »
  • Teacher facing sex charges resigns

    February 6, 2013 7:33 AM

    ALEXANDRIA - A Tioga High School teacher facing 13 sex crime charges has resigned from the Rapides Parish School District. The Town Talk reports 27-year-old Heather Michelle Cooksey, an English teacher, was arrested on Dec. 19 on charges that she allegedly had a sexual relationship with a student. She was... more »
  • Tioga High teacher facing additional sex charges

    January 24, 2013 6:48 AM

    ALEXANDRIA - A Rapides Parish high school teacher, who was arrested last month on charges of having a sexual relationship with a student, now is facing nine additional charges. 27-year-old Heather Michelle Cooksey was arrested Tuesday and later released on a $35,000 bond. Rapides Parish sheriff's deputies say... more »
  • NYC, union trade harsh words over plan impasse

    January 18, 2013 2:30 AM

    NEW YORK - The issue of teacher evaluations has been contentious around the country. Now it's brought New York City and its teachers' union to an impasse and harsh war of words that has put the city at risk of losing up to $450 million in state aid and grants.... more »
  • Tweaks planned for teacher evaluation system

    January 16, 2013 4:44 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's Board of Elementary and Secondary Education is expected to approve modest changes to the state's method for evaluating public school teachers, after a board committee backed the ideas. The changes were recommended by Superintendent of Education John White, tweaking a system that links half a teacher's... more »
  • Parent arrested, accused of threatening school class

    January 8, 2013 4:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Sheriff's deputies in East Baton Rouge arrested a parent after they said she made threats to her child's class and teacher, including references to the recent school shootings in Connecticut. Deputies arrested Donna Wilson, 44, in suspicion of terrorizing after the incident today at Magnolia Woods... more »
  • Teacher charged with having sex with student

    December 21, 2012 9:00 AM

    ALEXANDRIA - Rapides Parish sheriff's deputies say a 27-year-old Tioga High School teacher has been arrested for having a sexual relationship with a student at the school. Heather Michelle Cooksey, of Pineville, was booked Wednesday into the Rapides Parish Detention Center on two counts of carnal knowledge of a... more »
  • Conn. school shooting suspect was son of teacher

    December 14, 2012 5:44 PM

    NEWTOWN, Conn. - The man suspected of gunning down more than two dozen people in a small town in Connecticut is the son of a teacher at the elementary school where the killings occurred, and his mother is presumed to be among the dead. Police say Adam Lanza apparently drove... more »
  • Judge rules voucher law conflicts with deseg order

    November 26, 2012 3:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A New Orleans-based federal judge has halted Gov. Bobby Jindal's voucher program in Tangipahoa Parish, saying it conflicts with a decades-old desegregation case. U.S. District Judge Ivan Lemelle ruled Monday that a series of sweeping education changes pushed by Jindal clash with court orders in the 47-year-old... more »
  • W. Feliciana expands one-to-one computer program

    November 26, 2012 10:21 AM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE - The West Feliciana Parish school system continues to expand a program that puts computers into students' hands for use in class or at home. The program started in 2007 from a state grant. Jerome Matherne, the district's technology supervisor, tells The Advocate the one-to-one computer initiative now... more »
  • Appeal court: teacher furlough day illegal

    November 15, 2012 3:51 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A state appeal court says that the Jefferson Parish Public School System illegally cut teachers' pay by imposing an unpaid day of leave for every teacher in the district. The Jefferson Federation of Teachers sued the school board after it ordered the furlough. District Judge Steve Windhorst... more »
  • Parents, students consider options as teachers strike

    September 10, 2012 10:43 AM

    CHICAGO - Parents and students are figuring out their options on the first day of a Chicago teachers' strike. The district is keeping some schools open, and they're serving breakfast and lunch, but there's no instruction and it's only for a half-day. At one high school, a handful of students... more »

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