The nomination of Betsy DeVos to be secretary for the U.S. Department of Education has reawakened the split between self-styled education reformers in Louisiana and leaders of traditional public schools.
Monday, January 16, 2017
Saturday, January 14, 2017
Some Lafayette Parish School Board members hope voters who shot down a property tax proposal six years ago might be more receptive to a sales tax measure aimed at replacing the school system's more than 400 temporary classrooms with permanent space.
Thursday, January 12, 2017
The state should consider scrapping the annual issuance of letter grades for public schools, a task force named by Gov. John Bel Edwards decided Thursday.
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
The Lafayette Parish School Board on Wednesday pushed back a vote until next month on whether to put a tax on the April ballot to support extensive school improvements.
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
How to revamp public school letter grades continues to spark controversy, including charges that the state could launch a new grading system that would distort how students are really performing.
Monday, January 09, 2017
Lafayette Parish voters could be asked in April to approve a new property tax to support $623 million in school building improvements.
The panel that oversees public colleges and universities statewide is considering the idea of permanently trimming TOPS by giving less money to freshman and sophomores and increasing the required course load.
Thursday, January 05, 2017
University of Louisiana at Lafayette leaders hope a pharmaceutical development company's decision to set up shop at the school's primate research center will be the first in a long line of new partnerships as the facility works to expand its scope.
Wednesday, January 04, 2017
Monday, December 26, 2016
Wednesday, December 21, 2016
In a rerun of previous criticism, Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera said Wednesday that the Recovery School District has failed to properly maintain and tabulate state equipment.
Monday, December 19, 2016
Like thousands of students statewide, LSU sophomore Jason Badeaux is scrambling to come up with money for the second semester amid unprecedented state budget cuts.
Friday, December 16, 2016
LSU was ranked 65th best value for public colleges in the nation, putting the flagship as the highest ranked public university in Louisiana by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.
The University of Louisiana at Lafayette's fall graduates, young and old, were urged to embrace change and keep a positive attitude at commencement exercises Friday.
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
LSU President F. King Alexander told lawmakers Wednesday he is concerned that some top students will flee LSU next fall because of unprecedented cuts to the Taylor Opportunity Program for Students.
Monday, December 12, 2016
Friday, December 09, 2016
Nearly a thousand ninth-grade girls from throughout the Acadiana region descended on the University of Louisiana at Lafayette on Friday to learn about non-traditional careers available for them to pursue.
Thursday, December 08, 2016
A panel named by Gov. John Bel Edwards recommended major changes in public school policies Thursday, including an overhaul in annual teacher evaluations, less science testing and a reversal in a state plan to raise academic standards.
Tuesday, December 06, 2016
Amid questions and criticism, Louisiana's top school board Tuesday delayed a vote on major changes to a Baton Rouge charter school for students with dyslexia.
Monday, December 05, 2016
An influential state panel Monday spent more time wrestling with how to change public school report cards, including the all-important issue of rewarding annual academic gains.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Top students at the Louisiana Community and Technical College System will have easy access to Southern University, and $1,500 annual scholarships, under an agreement announced Wednesday by Gov. John Bel Edwards and school leaders.
Louisiana is getting $10 million from the federal government to improve preschool programs for children from low-income families, officials announced Wednesday.
Monday, November 21, 2016
Louisiana's long-controversial public school letter grades, like the ones issued last week, are about to undergo changes. The only question is how far the overhaul will go.
Thursday, November 17, 2016
Performance scores improved for 85 percent of public schools in Lafayette Parish, pulling up the district's statewide ranking from 27th to 19th, according to the latest state accountability assessments released on Thursday.
Public school students showed gains this year, but a big gap looms in meeting Louisiana's new standard for A-rated schools, according to figures released Thursday morning by the state Department of Education.
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
The University of New Orleans tossed their students a life preserver on Tuesday when they announced that TOPS recipients would not have to worry about paying for the unfunded portion of their Spring awards.
While state tax credits are under scrutiny amid budget problems, child care advocates said Tuesday the subsidies have resulted in better care, more qualified teachers and federal dollars.
Monday, November 14, 2016
The cold, hard reality is setting in for TOPS recipients this week. They are receiving letters from colleges and universities reminding them that the popular scholarship program will only cover about 40 percent of their spring tuition.
Gov. John Bel Edwards questioned the value of public school letter grades, criticized how teachers are evaluated and said he has concerns about a newly-approved overhaul in teacher training.
Wednesday, November 09, 2016
Nicole Aymond, a basketball coach and physical education teacher at Port Barre High School, is accused of having sex with a 17-year-old and an 18-year-old male student. She is also accused of sexual conduct with another teen, said Police Chief Deo…
Wednesday, November 02, 2016
Saturday, October 29, 2016
LSU is still trying to fix the leaks that flood the basement of Middleton Library during routine rainstorms. But it provides top-shelf maintenance to the world-class, $3 million live tiger habitat that it built on campus for the school mascot.
Friday, October 28, 2016
Hundreds of high school students arrived at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette campus Friday morning for the annual Science Day and discovered the university's programs can open the door to interesting careers ... and it can be fun.
Monday, October 24, 2016
The ceremonial dirt was thrown Monday, so it shouldn’t be long before actual construction begins on a first-ever home facility for the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s golf team.
Sunday, October 23, 2016
After a student-driven campaign for socially conscious clothing, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette bookstore has committed to carrying fair-trade apparel.
The process of lining up architects for new schools and other projects approved by Ascension Parish voters in April has been delayed twice in recent weeks by a school board member's bucking the previously agreed-upon selection process as he tries …
Saturday, October 08, 2016
Wednesday, October 05, 2016
OPELOUSAS – Patrick Jenkins, a St. Landry Parish native and U.S. Army veteran and educator, was chosen as the school system's new superintendent on Wednesday, narrowly defeating an instructional team leader for the Louisiana Department of Education.
Monday, October 03, 2016
OPELOUSAS – The three remaining candidates vying to become St. Landry Parish’s next school superintendent made their pitches at a public forum Monday for why they would be the best choice.
Thursday, September 22, 2016
Three candidates vying to become St. Landry Parish's school superintendent remain in the running after an initial round of interviews this week.
Thursday, September 15, 2016
OPELOUSAS – Former Lafayette Parish School Superintendent Patrick Cooper was eliminated on Thursday from the first round of applicants scheduled to be interviewed Sept. 21 for the superintendent’s position in St. Landry Parish.
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
A project to build a multi-million-dollar performing arts facility at Comeaux High School is moving forward after the Lafayette Parish School Board voted Wednesday to allocate initial funds toward its design and to advertise for bids.
Wednesday, September 07, 2016
The Lafayette Parish School Board voted Wednesday to maintain its property tax millage rates from last year, which will bring in an estimated $6 million in revenue for the school district because of a rise in the parish's property values.
Tuesday, September 06, 2016
Repair costs for the flooded Westside Elementary School in Scott will exceed at least $5 million as district contractors continue evaluating and working on rebuilding the facility.
Monday, September 05, 2016
A discovery in the treatment of hearing loss made at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette comes from one of the most unlikely of creatures: the humble sea anemone.
Friday, September 02, 2016
OPELOUSAS – Former Lafayette Parish Schools Superintendent Pat Cooper is one of 10 people to qualify as a candidate for superintendent in St. Landry Parish, according to list of applicants released Friday.
Thursday, September 01, 2016
OPELOUSAS – A federal judge is dismissing the 47-year-old desegregation lawsuit against the St. Landry Parish school district, Superintendent Edward Brown announced Thursday.