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 »
February 11, 2014 4:20 PM
BATON ROUGE- An independent association that represents teachers sent emails to nearly 2,000 of them in the East Baton Rouge Parish School System in hopes of making changes in the district.
Last week, it was discovered that teachers with the most seniority get the least amount of incentives if... more »
December 9, 2013 11:37 AM
BATON ROUGE - Retired state workers could see an increase in their pension checks for the first time in five years.
The four statewide retirement boards are preparing to ask the legislature to approve a cost of living increase for tens of thousands of retirees over the age of... more »
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 »
September 3, 2013 11:09 AM
BATON ROUGE - Most public school classroom teachers were graded effective in the first statewide year of Louisiana's new teacher evaluation system. Under data released Tuesday by the education department, 32 percent of classroom teachers were ranked as "highly effective" and another 4 percent were determined to be "ineffective." The... more »
August 20, 2013 3:39 PM
BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Association of Educators called today for Gov. Bobby Jindal and State Superintendent of Education John White to work with them over a teacher tenure law declared unconstitutional by two state judges this year.
LAE leaders said they they will continue to push for policies... more »
August 15, 2013 10:24 PM
BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board deliberated for three hours, discussing ways to improve teacher effectiveness.
Thursday night, the board approved a strategic plan for the 2013 school year that would mean the district's worst teachers could be fired. Under the plan, a teacher rated... more »
August 15, 2013 6:08 PM
BATON ROUGE- The East Baton Rouge Parish School board is discussing ways to improve teacher effectiveness as part of their strategic plan for the 2013 school year.
> UPDATE: Thursday night, the school system approved a plan that would mean the district's worst teachers could be fired. First, bad... more »
August 15, 2013 9:01 AM
BATON ROUGE - School board members will weigh in Thursday on a plan that recommends the firing of the lowest-performing teachers, and principals who fail to meet their three-year goals.
The proposed 21-page strategic plan aims to improve the school district, with hopes of placing it among the state's... more »
August 9, 2013 4:48 PM
BATON ROUGE - Summer is winding down for the East Baton Rouge School District and with the start of a new year comes the need for new teachers.
"We're having a late summer job fair for our late resignations and for vacancies. We have a feeling there will be... more »
August 1, 2013 3:54 PM
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Arkansas' attorney general says school districts can't use a state law to employ teachers and staff as licensed, armed security guards on campus. Attorney General Dustin McDaniel on Thursday said in an opinion issued by his office that the Arkansas board of Private Investigators and Private... more »
July 10, 2013 7:25 AM
BATON ROUGE - Louisiana teachers are continuing to retire at higher-than-usual numbers - more than 7,500 in the last two years.
The number of retirements in 2013 increased from the 24 percent increase last year.
Dana Vicknair, assistant director at Teachers Retirement System of Louisiana, says the figure... more »
July 2, 2013 12:31 PM
BATON ROUGE - The St. John the Baptist Parish School Board and a teachers union are suing the state for $200 million, saying school funding formulas approved by lawmakers for three years were not passed properly. The lawsuit claims financing plans passed in 2010, 2011 and 2012 should have been... more »
June 26, 2013 9:33 PM
HAMMOND - The public school district here is thinking about returning corporal punishment to the list of possible penalties for unruly students.
In recent years, schools systems quit using paddling as a discipline measure. But Tangipahoa Parish School Board members are taking a hard look at it.
"We... more »
June 2, 2013 7:32 PM
BATON ROUGE- Derrick Petit tells former LSU classmate Tanesha Craig. He broke the news to her today that he is leaving behind a profession they both dreamed of back in college.
"I feel like I've done what I can for the students in the classroom," he says.
Petit... more »
May 23, 2013 8:40 AM
GONZALES - Ascension Parish is looking to hire 50 new teachers.
The school board is poised to hire the new teachers in an effort to ease staffing levels due to continued growth.
Funds needed to hire the new teachers are listed in the school district's 2013-14 budget, which... more »
May 8, 2013 10:39 AM
BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers working on next year's budget now have new questions to answer when it comes to school funding.
The Louisiana Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that the state can't use its normal school funding formula for its voucher program. Critics of the program said doing so took... more »
April 23, 2013 11:27 AM
SHREVEPORT - Three school days after six Northwood High School teachers and staff members were suspended amid allegations of drinking at a school-sponsored event, Caddo school officials say the employees will return to work. The Times reports the accusations surfaced last week after parents complained the female employees were drunk... more »
April 16, 2013 10:19 PM
ST. FRANCISVILLE- A number of West Feliciana Parish School System employees were told Tuesday, they were being laid off.
Eighteen workers, mostly teachers, were told their terminations were due to a lack of money and a drop in enrollment.
In March, Superintendent Hollis Milton sent a reduction in... more »
April 2, 2013 1:24 PM
WASHINGTON - The American Federation of Teachers is denouncing a suggestion that schools train selected staff to carry weapons, and that each school should have at least one armed security officer.
The head of the teachers' group calls the idea a "cruel hoax" that won't protect children and schools.... more »
March 20, 2013 8:06 AM
ST. FRANCISVILLE - A $1.5 million budget shortfall has forced the West Feliciana Parish School Board to freeze teacher salaries, cut administrative pay and propose a retirement incentive program. The board's secretary and finance manager, Ruthie Davis, told the board Tuesday night that retirement funding costs have skyrocketed in the... more »
March 14, 2013 9:11 AM
NEW ORLEANS - State Superintendent John White says the state will use $5 million in federal professional development funds to train educators interested in turning around failing district-run schools. The "Believe and Succeed" grants cover a year of advanced training for the new school leaders. White announced the initiative in... more »
March 4, 2013 6:03 PM
BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Federation of Teachers is applauding the judge who struck down the third part of Gov. Jindal's education reform, ruling it unconstitutional.
President of LFT Steve Monaghan says, since the law has been enacted, it's created tension among the state's educators.
"It was a... more »
February 22, 2013 9:05 AM
COVINGTON- The St. Tammany Parish School Board has called a May 4 election seeking voter approval for a $135 million bond issue and expanding use of some tax money to include employee salaries and benefits. School leaders said the measures are necessary to support teachers in the classroom and meet... more »
January 15, 2013 6:35 PM
BATON ROUGE- More teachers are leaving the profession than ever before as the number of educators retiring increased more than 25 percent.
Some think it's because of the governor's education reforms, which would evaluate teachers' effectiveness based on student performance.
"Right now, what is perceived to be very... more »
January 14, 2013 9:14 AM
BATON ROUGE - The number of teachers retiring jumped more than 25 percent as the administration of Gov. Bobby Jindal pushed an overhaul of public education that changes the rules on how teachers are evaluated. That's according to the Teachers Retirement System of Louisiana.
The number of retirements from... more »
January 2, 2013 8:40 AM
MONROE, Conn. - The children who escaped last month's shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., have been welcomed with their parents at a school in a neighboring town that was overhauled specially for them. And their new school is being renamed for their old one. Newtown Schools... more »
January 1, 2013 10:39 AM
NEWTOWN, Conn. - Classes are starting Thursday at a repurposed school for students who survived a shooting rampage three weeks ago in Newtown, Conn. Desks have been taken to the new building in nearby Monroe along with backpacks and other belongings left behind in the chaos following the Dec. 14... more »
December 19, 2012 1:25 PM
NEWTOWN, Conn. - For a third straight day, funeral processions are rolling through a grieving Connecticut town. The first of today's funerals in Newtown for victims of Friday's shootings at an elementary school was for 7-year-old Daniel Barden. He was the youngest of three children, and his family says he... more »
December 18, 2012 10:28 PM
BATON ROUGE- The retirement system for teachers in Louisiana said it does not invest money in a company tied to a gun manufacturer.
Questions about specific holdings surfaced in Louisiana, after one of the largest teacher retirement systems in the country, California State Teachers' Retirement System, announced it had... more »
December 18, 2012 3:10 PM
LOS ANGELES- A federal jury in Los Angeles has ordered a company to repay $4.5 million to Filipino teachers who paid large fees to obtain U.S. jobs through a placement agency. The jury on Monday found that Los Angeles-based Universal Placement International and its owner, Lourdes Navarro, failed to properly... more »
December 17, 2012 4:59 PM
BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Federation for Teachers is challenging another part of Governor Jindal's education reform package, this time taking aim at the constitutionality of a portion dubbed the 'talent act.'
The act deals with teacher tenure, hiring, firing and evaluations. New rules allow the Superintendent to hire... more »
December 17, 2012 10:34 AM
NEWTOWN, Conn. - Authorities say the Connecticut elementary school where a gunman shot to death 26 people will be closed indefinitely while the crime is investigated. State police Lt. Paul Vance said Monday at a news conference that it could be months before police turn the school in Newtown, Conn.,... more »
December 5, 2012 7:34 AM
CLINTON - The East Feliciana Parish School Board has deferred action on a move to deny bonuses to teachers no longer employed in the parish but who would be qualified for the extra pay for their performance in a special program last school year.
The board voted 8-4 Tuesday... more »
November 30, 2012 10:48 AM
BATON ROUGE - Closing arguments ended a short time ago in the lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Gov. Bobby Jindal's new school voucher program.
Judge Tim Kelley recessed the court until 2 p.m., at which time he plans to give his ruling.
Teacher unions and school boards say... more »
October 11, 2012 10:52 PM
BATON ROUGE - A lawsuit to stop the school vouchers goes to court next month.
But parents of students benefiting from the vouchers met at Hosanna Christian School to look at ways to fight the suit.
Hosanna has a large number of students on the voucher program and... more »
September 28, 2012 6:00 PM
CLINTON - Students in East Feliciana Parish school are leaving the parish. As a result, 20 school employees could lose their jobs.
The district lost more than 100 students this year, resulting in a decrease of $800,000 in state money for the year. To make up for the loss,... more »
September 25, 2012 2:15 PM
NEW YORK - Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney says he wouldn't stop teachers from being able to strike. The issue came to a head this month when thousands of teachers went on strike in Chicago, hometown to President Barack Obama. Romney blasted the unions while Obama stayed neutral. Romney says... more »
September 20, 2012 10:14 AM
BATON ROUGE - A group of public school teachers has failed in its efforts to recall Gov. Bobby Jindal and House Speaker Chuck Kleckley. Angie Bonvillain and Brenda Romero, the two Calcasieu Parish teachers leading the effort, told The Associated Press in an e-mail Thursday that they didn't get enough... more »
September 18, 2012 5:20 PM
CHICAGO - Chicago teachers are suspending a seven-day strike in the nation's third-largest city, a move that will send thousands of students back to classrooms. The union's House of Delegates voted Tuesday to suspend the strike after learning details of a tentative contract agreement. A proposed settlement was presented to... more »
September 13, 2012 10:19 AM
CHICAGO - The Chicago Teachers Union president says a deal to end the city's first teachers' strike in 25 years is close, but she's pushed back her timeline a bit. Just hours after predicting students could be back in class by Friday, Karen Lewis said it might be Monday instead.... more »
September 12, 2012 7:56 AM
CHICAGO - The public teachers strike that has halted classwork and upset family routines across Chicago is grinding into a third day with no sign of an imminent deal.
Union leaders say they will meet this morning to review a new proposal from school board negotiators that addresses all... more »
September 12, 2012 7:41 AM
ST. FRANCISVILLE - A half-cent sales tax voters approved in April will allow West Feliciana Parish school employees this year to regain their annual step raises for the first time in two years.
Although the general fund budget for 2012-13 the school board does not include a cost-of-living raise,... more »
September 11, 2012 2:40 PM
CHICAGO - The Chicago Teachers Union says no deal has been reached in ongoing talks with negotiators from the Chicago Public Schools. Representatives from the union and the district returned to the bargaining table Tuesday as the teachers' strike entered its second day. More than 25,000 teachers are on strike... more »
September 10, 2012 12:07 PM
CHICAGO - Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney says Chicago teachers are turning their backs on thousands of students and President Barack Obama is siding with the striking teachers. Romney, in a statement released Monday hours before he was set to land in Chicago for fundraisers, says he is disappointed by... more »
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 »
August 16, 2012 5:31 PM
BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Supreme Court has refused to stop the launch of Gov. Bobby Jindal's statewide voucher program, which began this month. The high court denied an injunction request by teacher unions and school boards to stall the voucher program as they challenge whether it is constitutional. A... more »
August 10, 2012 5:18 PM
ST FRANCISVILLE - In West Feliciana Parish, students are returning, and thanks to a new tax many students are too.
A half-cent sales-tax went into effect months ago. And administrators say it's already saved dozens of teachers jobs, and helped lift a salary freeze.
Baines Elementary School Principle... more »
July 27, 2012 10:24 AM
BATON ROUGE - An attorney for the Louisiana Association of Educators sent a letter asking voucher schools to hold off on using money until the legal challenge is finalized.
The association's president said the latter hopes to prevent schools from having to pay back dollars spent if courts rule... more »
July 18, 2012 7:07 AM
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration wants to reward high-performing teachers.
Today, it'll unveil a plan to create a corps of elite master teachers in science, technology, engineering and math.
The $1 billion program will reward teachers with a $20,000 a year stipend. more »
July 17, 2012 5:04 PM
BATON ROUGE - An Oct. 15 date has been set for arguments in a lawsuit by teacher unions and local school boards challenging the constitutionality of Gov. Bobby Jindal's statewide voucher program. Judge Tim Kelley chose the hearing date Tuesday in a meeting with lawyers for both sides in the... more »
July 11, 2012 9:58 AM
NEW ROADS - Some teachers in Pointe Coupee Parish say they're looking for a new job after the School Board announced salary freezes for the second year in a row.
In a June meeting, the board approved the freezes for employees at the 2010-2011 step rate.
Olivia LaBorde... more »
June 21, 2012 3:27 PM
BATON ROUGE - Teachers say new education laws touted by Governor Bobby Jindal do not support them, despite what Jindal's administration may say, and they're filing a lawsuit to stop the laws from going into effect.
The Louisiana Association of Educators plan to file the suit tomorrow morning in... more »
June 18, 2012 11:35 PM
BATON ROUGE- Teachers make the rules in Louisiana now.
It's part of sweeping changes to education that start in the Fall. It's called Louisiana Believes and it was announced Monday night.
The state says the idea is to allow teachers to create, not just comply and educators are... more »
June 7, 2012 10:32 AM
BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Federation of Teachers will hold a news conference at 11am in front of the 19th Judicial District Court in Downtown Baton Rouge to discuss a lawsuit to be filed against the state and Governor Bobby Jindal.
It targets the administration's recently signed laws changing... more »
April 25, 2012 1:11 PM
BATON ROUGE - Teachers are cutting class Wednesday at Crestworth Learning Academy in Baton Rouge in protest of salary cuts.
More than half of the 22 teachers arranged to take the day off after their pay was cut by 20 percent by the charter schools board members Tuesday night.... more »
April 10, 2012 3:20 PM
BALTIMORE - They call themselves "The Three Amigos", two public school teachers and a school administrator in Maryland who are sharing part of the jackpot from last month's record Mega Millions drawing. Together, they are the owners of one of the three winning tickets sold across the country for the... more »
March 29, 2012 5:35 PM
BATON ROUGE - The Senate Education Committee has approved the two major pieces of Gov. Bobby Jindal's education agenda. One establishes a statewide private school voucher program and paves the way for easier creation of charter schools. Another overhauls the role of school boards, superintendents and principals in the hiring... more »
March 19, 2012 7:43 AM
SHREVEPORT- The Caddo Parish School Board will vote this week on whether to sponsor 35 teachers from the Philippines for the "green card" that allows permanent U.S. residency. The board is expected to approve the plan. It says the teachers are well into their fourth year in Caddo Parish Schools,... more »
March 14, 2012 6:39 PM
BATON ROUGE - A sea of red flooded the steps of the State Capitol as hundreds of educators showed their stern opposition for parts of Governor Jindal's education reform plan.
As early as 7:00am, teacher and principals wearing red shirts from across the state took their places as they... more »
March 14, 2012 5:02 PM
BATON ROUGE - Nearly 650 students at St. George Catholic School in Baton Rouge had to find a different way to get to school Wednesday.
The East Baton Rouge Parish School System buses they normally ride to get to class never ran Wednesday morning.
That's because school system... more »
March 14, 2012 10:28 AM
BATON ROUGE - Protests are underway at the State Capitol by teachers from school districts across Louisiana making their voices heard by state lawmakers.
The teachers are making sure lawmakers hear their concerns as they currently debate several education reform bills.
News 2's Michael Shingleton is outside the... more »
March 14, 2012 7:44 AM
BATON ROUGE - Teachers at the Louisiana State Capitol are rallying today against Governor Jindal's education reform bill.
Three of the bills that make up most of Jindal's education agenda will be heard for the first time in the House Education Committee at 8:30 a.m.
Governor Jindal is... more »
March 13, 2012 10:06 PM
BATON ROUGE- No school today has parents in East Baton Rouge Parish shrugging their shoulders for an alternative to their childrens' classrooms.
Classes were canceled after so many teachers requested Wednesday off to protest Governor Bobby Jindal's education reform plan at the Capitol. A House committee takes up the... more »
March 13, 2012 6:28 PM
BATON ROUGE-- Many parents are in a bind, after East Baton Rouge schools called off Wednesday classes. The decision came around 9:00 Tuesday morning.
Nearly a third of teachers in East Baton Rouge Parish put in substitute requests for Wednesday. School system leaders say the roughly 1,050 educators will... more »
March 12, 2012 10:29 PM
BATON ROUGE- Teachers' unions across the state are calling Governor Bobby Jindal irresponsible for sending education reform bills into committees so early on in the session.
Teachers were planning to take their opinions about the governor's changes to legislators well in advance of any votes, however, conversations are scheduled... more »
March 12, 2012 6:25 PM
BATON ROUGE- Governor Jindal told lawmakers on the first day of the legislative session he wants education reform to be priority, and he wants the bills tied to it on the fast track to becoming law.
A few of those bills call for changes in the way personnel is... more »
January 27, 2012 12:51 PM
BATON ROUGE, La. - One of the most vocal critics of Gov. Bobby Jindal's education proposals, the Louisiana Association of Educators, is suggesting competing plans to improve teacher quality and boost performance at failing schools, saying that Jindal's ideas are on the wrong track. The LAE offered its counter-proposal Friday,... more »
December 22, 2011 10:15 PM
BATON ROUGE- Governor Bobby Jindal got an earful from those on the front lines of education Thursday, parents and teachers.
He met with the groups as part of his stakeholder meetings to shape the legislative package he'll be revealing next month. Jindal wanted them to chime in on what... more »
December 8, 2011 10:14 PM
BATON ROUGE- The governor's on a crusade to get better teachers into classrooms, and he wants you to be involved.
He hopes it will fix the education system in Louisiana.
This week, the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education decided teachers will be evaluated on student performance. One-third... more »
December 5, 2011 3:28 PM
HOUMA - Gov. Bobby Jindal is visiting schools around Louisiana to talk with teachers, principals and students about ways to improve the state's education system.
The governor started his visits Monday with a stop at Dularge Middle School in Houma, a high performing school in Louisiana's accountability system. Eighty-four... more »
July 2, 2011 1:02 PM
MANSFIELD, La.- More than 1,000 people have applied in recent months for a handful of available teaching jobs in the DeSoto Parish school system.
"We have more applications than we know what to do with," schools Superintendent Walter Lee said.
DeSoto Parish is the highest paying school system... more »
June 20, 2011 10:30 PM
BATON ROUGE- Larger class sizes, school closures, canceled year-round schooling and no more teacher stipends are all the result of more than $30 million in cuts to the East Baton Rouge Parish School System budget for next school year.
The school board gave a unanimous thumbs-up to the spending... more »
May 26, 2011 1:29 PM
NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge in California has refused to dismiss human trafficking accusations in a lawsuit filed by teachers recruited from the Philippines to work in Louisiana.
The lawsuit, filed last year, charges a California company illegally required the teachers to pay thousands of dollars in fees... more »
May 23, 2011 4:28 PM
NEW ORLEANS - A long-awaited trial in a class action lawsuit that could affect thousands of former New Orleans school employees who lost their jobs after Hurricane Katrina.
A former Orleans Parish School System official was the first witness called to testify Monday afternoon in civil court in New... more »
April 22, 2011 6:34 PM
BATON ROUGE - One Baton Rouge Magnet High School student is leading the charge in changing what can be taught in Louisiana high school classrooms.
Zack Kopplin supports Senate Bill 70 which repeals a 2008 law that allows teachers to add supplemental lesson plans that can include other theories... more »
April 21, 2011 5:37 PM
UPDATE 6:40 p.m. - The school board has voted to keep EBR Lab Academy at Istrouma High open. We'll have more details live at 10 p.m.
BATON ROUGE - Many items, including an entire school, are on the chopping block at tonight's East Baton Rouge Parish School Board meeting.... more »
January 22, 2011 6:22 PM
BATON ROUGE- The East Baton Rouge School Board held a rare retreat Saturday to discuss their plan moving forward in the new year. The retreat featured team building exercises and an opportunity for new and old board members to get know each other's strengths and weaknesses.
"We hope to... more »
December 14, 2010 6:27 PM
BATON ROUGE - Teachers, supplemental programs, learning materials-- nothing is off the table when it comes to cuts that will have to be made to East Baton Rouge Public Schools next year according to James Crochet, Chief Financial Officer of the system.
"This fiscal year and next fiscal year... more »
November 15, 2010 9:38 PM
BATON ROUGE - An increase in public school students means an increase in the state's money woes.
There are 9,000 more students in classrooms than the state planned for, and because school districts get paid per-student, the state now has to find $42 million to pay for them. The... more »
November 12, 2010 9:23 PM
BATON ROUGE- College students say they don't want to fight with elementary schools to keep universities safe from budget cuts.
The state got $147 million to help K-12 school districts hire and pay teachers, but the governor wants to use that money to help fill-in next year's anticipated budget... more »