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  • EBRSO: Teen arrested for assaulting teachers at school

    March 24, 2016 9:29 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested 17-year-old Antonio Scott for assaulting his teachers while at school. An East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s officer was working extra duty at Glen Oaks High School on Wednesday afternoon when the officer was contacted by a school administrator about... more »
  • Cities look at subsidized housing to stem teacher shortages

    January 2, 2016 3:20 PM

    SAN FRANCISCO - Amid concerns of a looming teacher shortage, public officials in San Francisco and other cities are looking at housing as a tool to prevent the exodus of young educators. School districts in high cost-of-living areas and rural communities that have long struggled to staff classrooms are considering... more »
  • Teachers ready to start school Friday in Livingston Parish Play Video

    August 6, 2015 6:06 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - Teachers at Denham Springs Junior High in Livingston Parish spent Thursday getting ready for the first day of the new school year. After prepping classrooms throughout the summer, English teacher Tammy McAnally says teachers can't wait for students to come back Friday. "Oh it's so exciting," she... more »
  • Laptop program in Ascension schools grows Play Video

    July 8, 2015 6:38 PM

    SORENTO - A program providing laptops for Ascension Parish students is growing. The school board approved adding an additional 5,000 computers for students to take home to the 12,000 they already have. That will let the district give laptops to fifth graders this coming school year. The goal... more »
  • Years into Common Core, teachers lament lack of materials

    June 23, 2015 12:45 PM

    It's been five years since the Common Core learning standards began to take hold, but many teachers say they still lack the resources they need to teach them. A recent report from the Thomas Fordham Institute calls the need for standards-aligned curricula the most cited implementation challenge for states, districts... more »
  • Union dues bill pulled before vote Play Video

    May 12, 2015 5:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A bill that would have put the clamps on unions was pulled before a vote Tuesday at the Capitol. House Bill 418 would outlaw police officers, firefighters and teachers from having union dues automatically taken out of paychecks. Unions would then have a tougher time collecting... more »
  • Iberville school tax renewals on ballot Saturday

    April 29, 2015 7:58 AM

    PLAQUMINE- Iberville Parish voters head to the polls Saturday to consider renewing three 10-year tax proposals to help the school system maintain its alternative school programs, building maintenance and its ability to offer competitive salaries for its teachers. The tax measures are projected to generate about $9.9 million a year... more »
  • Livingston hopes to sway voters to approve school tax renewal

    April 14, 2015 8:48 PM

    LIVINGSTON - The school district is hoping to convince voters to renew a tax that has been on the books for sixty years. The district begged voters in a press release Tuesday, to renew the tax that funds maintenance projects for "every school building in the school district." ... more »
  • Some concerned over lack of security tabs on PARCC tests

    March 15, 2015 8:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The former president for Louisiana School Boards Association, Noel Hammatt, is speaking out against what he said he believes is loose security for the PARCC ( Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) test. Hammatt said several school officials from various parishes have contacted... more »
  • Louisiana students showcase experiments in Baton Rouge Play Video

    February 28, 2015 9:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Kids from all over the state showed off their scientific experiments that they've been working on for part of the school year. It was the Louisiana STEM ( Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Exposition at Kenilworth Science and Technology Charter school. The school has hosted... more »
  • Teacher evaluation system could change Play Video

    February 10, 2015 4:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Some teachers do not want student test scores weighing heavily on whether they keep their jobs. A 26-member legislative subcommittee met Tuesday to finalize recommendations to the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education on how to improve the evaluation system. Right now standardized test scores count... more »
  • 2 students accused of attacking teachers arrested

    December 10, 2014 3:54 PM

    DARROW - Two students are behind bars Wednesday evening after they were arrested based on accusations that they each attacked a teacher within hours of each other earlier today at the Ascension Parish Alternative School. Ascension Parish Sheriff Jeff Wiley said the first of the separate incidents occurred when... more »
  • BR schools cut hours to avoid insurance fines Play Video

    December 3, 2014 5:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Teachers are missing from classrooms across the Baton Rouge area and fingers are pointed at Washington D.C. for the short supply. Under the Affordable Care Act, business that employ more than 50 full-time workers must provide health insurance for them. Full-time workers are defined under the... more »
  • School workers fired after Katrina return to court

    November 18, 2014 11:44 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Attorneys for teachers and other school workers fired in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina have asked Louisiana's Supreme Court to take another look at their lawsuit over the firings. The lawsuit could have resulted in damages being paid to more than 7,000 fired school employees. But the... more »
  • Most teachers 'effective' or 'highly effective'

    October 22, 2014 3:39 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A new state report says 92 percent of public school teachers were rated either effective or highly effective in the second year of a statewide evaluation process. Last year, the figure was 89 percent. The latest figures were released Wednesday. The new system does not yet require... more »
  • Supreme Court upholds 2012 education overhaul

    October 15, 2014 6:03 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana's Supreme Court says an education overhaul bill pushed through the Legislature in 2012 is constitutional - reversing a lower court's finding that the legislation crammed too many diverse elements into a single bill. Wednesday's decision was a victory for Gov. Bobby Jindal, who had strongly backed... more »
  • 2 teachers post bond, accused of having sex with student

    October 2, 2014 2:43 PM

    GRETNA - Two Destrehan High School teachers accused of having group sex with a student have posted $7,000 cash bonds and been released from custody. Kenner police Sgt. Brian McGregor says 32-year-old Shelly Dufresne and 24-year-old Rachel Respess left the Jefferson Parish jail early Thursday. They are accused of having... more »
  • EBR Head Start looking for teachers, aides and more Play Video

    August 27, 2014 9:17 AM

    BATON ROUGE - East Baton Rouge is searching for Head Start teachers, aides, social workers and others who want to make a difference in the lives of children. They could fill as many as twenty positions Friday at a special job fair. City-Parish Division of Human Development and Services... more »
  • EBR Head Start program to hold Aug. 29 job fair

    August 22, 2014 11:09 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Head Start Program and EmployBR will host a job fair to fill immediate openings for a number of positions the program urgently needs. The job fair will be held on Friday, Aug. 29 from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the EmployBR... more »
  • EBR looking outside Louisiana for teachers Play Video

    August 17, 2014 12:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - East Baton Rouge schools held a job fair in Pittsburgh Pa. to try to fill some of the open positions. School officials say they have more than 60 unfilled jobs and they are already a week into the school year. Watch the video to see... more »
  • Baton Rouge recruiting teachers in Pittsburgh

    August 13, 2014 11:04 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge schools need more teachers this year, so school system leaders are heading to Pennsylvania for a recruitment event. The East Baton Rouge Parish School System announced Tuesday that it is planning a teacher jobs fair at a hotel near the Pittsburgh airport on Saturday. The... more »
  • WBR struggles to find teachers before school starts Play Video

    July 25, 2014 6:12 PM

    WEST BATON ROUGE - School starts just weeks from now, and one parish is struggling to find teachers. West Baton Rouge School officials said they're short by 42 teacher. Most of the vacancies are also in specialty positions that aren't easily filled, like math, science, reading, and special education.... more »
  • St. Helena to get new school facility Play Video

    July 24, 2014 5:24 PM

    GREENSBURG - The St. Helena College and Career Academy is gearing up for the school year by working to complete construction on a brand new facility. The building will have classrooms, a science lab, and administrative offices. It will hold between 700 and 800 students. The school was... more »
  • 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 »
  • Teachers, bus drivers slam school district's budget Play Video

    July 17, 2014 10:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Thursday's East Baton Rouge School Board meeting left many system workers upset. They are not happy with the 2014-2015 budget board members approved. System administration proposed the budget to members to address the system's $30 million deficit. The balanced spending plan cut teacher positions, asked each... more »
  • US seeks better teachers for high-needs schools

    July 7, 2014 5:05 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Education Department is announcing a new initiative to attract quality teachers to the schools that need them most. It comes the same day President Barack Obama is scheduled to have lunch with teachers at the White House to discuss the issue. Education Department data show that... more »
  • Teachers at conference weigh in on common core Play Video

    June 28, 2014 6:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Common core was a hot topic when nearly a thousand teachers from across the country met at LSU. The educators were on campus for the third annual Effective Educators Seminar Series. "As a teacher, I personally embrace common core. Not just as a set of expectations... more »
  • Ascension teachers get pay raise Play Video

    June 17, 2014 4:47 PM

    GONZALES- Teachers and staff in Ascension Parish schools received a 3 percent pay raise as part of a $219 million dollar budget that passed Tuesday evening. The budget includes a permanent pay raise, which hasn't happened in nearly six years. "Of course you always appreciate the money, but... more »
  • Education a hot topic throughout this legislative session Play Video

    May 29, 2014 8:52 AM

    BATON ROUGE - From common core to pay raises for teachers, Louisiana educators have kept a close eye on issues this legislative session. Just like school, the session is winding down for the summer. Louisiana Association of Educators President Debbie Meaux joined us on 2une In Thursday with her... more »
  • Lawmakers increase retirement age for new workers

    May 14, 2014 3:20 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Legislature has agreed to raise the retirement age for public school teachers and rank-and-file state workers hired on or after July 1, 2015. Current law generally allows that non-hazardous employees in the Louisiana State Employees' Retirement System, the Teachers' Retirement System of Louisiana and the... 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 »
  • Group claims superintendent bullied teachers Play Video

    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 »
  • Retired state workers could see bigger checks

    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 »
  • 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 »
  • Most teachers pass new evaluations in first year

    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 »
  • Teacher's union calls for collaboration over Act 1

    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 »
  • Board says ineffective teachers are out Play Video

    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 »
  • Board will give bad teachers one chance, out after that Play Video

    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 »
  • EBR school board to discuss layoffs in strategic plan

    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 »
  • EBR School District hosts job fair Play Video

    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 »
  • Ark. AG: Schools can't arm teachers, staff

    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 »
  • La. teachers retiring in high numbers

    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 »
  • Lawsuit claims public school districts owed $200M

    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 »
  • District whipping-up support for spanking at school Play Video

    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 »
  • Teacher quits instructing amid La. teaching controversy

    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 »
  • Ascension to hire 50 new teachers

    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 »
  • Future of school funding in question

    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 »
  • Teachers, staff return to school after drinking allegations

    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 »
  • Teachers among those being laid off at area school system

    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 »
  • Teachers' group blasts recommendation for armed staff

    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 »
  • West Feliciana school board freezes teacher pay

    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 »
  • State to use $5M to turn around failing schools

    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 »
  • Education reform ruling victory for teachers group Play Video

    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 »
  • St. Tammany school board sets bond issue election

    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 »
  • More teachers retiring after education reforms Play Video

    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 »
  • Rate of Louisiana teachers retiring spikes

    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 »
  • Open house held for Sandy Hook students

    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 »
  • Sandy Hook students, teachers head back to school

    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 »

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