A revised draft of possible TOPS changes Monday no longer includes a controversial recommendation that college freshmen and sophomores get less TOPS aid than juniors and seniors.
Monday, February 20, 2017
An employee who voluntarily left her job in February was paid through July before the Iberia Parish School Board stopped paying, an audit has found.
Sunday, February 19, 2017
Leading up to a key vote, a proposal to toughen academic requirements for TOPS students has triggered controversy among state officials, parents and students.
Saturday, February 18, 2017
A proposed tax up for a vote in April would fund the most significant school improvements in decades for Lafayette Parish, with a list of projects that includes two new elementary schools, a major addition to Lafayette High School and expansions a…
Thursday, February 16, 2017
More fault lines surfaced Thursday in the rancorous debate on how to overhaul Louisiana's public schools, with some superintendents predicting major problems for classrooms if the new rules take effect in August.
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Lafayette Parish voters will decide April 29 whether to approve a 10-year, half-penny sales tax to support a nearly $200 million program to upgrade campuses with the goal of eliminating temporary classrooms in the public school system.
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
A key part of state Superintendent of Education John White's plan to overhaul public schools was criticized Wednesday by nine education and business groups, including traditional allies of White.
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Sunday, February 12, 2017
State education leaders, allies of Gov. John Bel Edwards and even teachers are embroiled in a dispute on just how far the state should go to trim testing in public schools.
Saturday, February 11, 2017
Louisiana’s $2.3 billion collegiate nest egg is getting smaller because investments made by the endowments of most of the state’s public colleges just aren’t returning the dividends expected.
Thursday, February 09, 2017
Iranians told fellow students at an LSU rally Thursday that they’re unable to visit their families because of President Donald Trump’s ban on allowing nationals from seven predominantly Muslim countries to enter the United States.
Wednesday, February 08, 2017
After learning that LSU was looking into policy violations, the national office of Kappa Sigma purged members from the campus chapter in what it calls a “membership review.”
Wednesday, February 08, 2017
After months of arguments, a key state panel Wednesday agreed on a plan to revamp the way letter grades are assigned to public schools.
Tuesday, February 07, 2017
Betsy DeVos, who sparked strong divisions in Louisiana's education community, was narrowly confirmed Tuesday by the U.S. Senate to be education secretary.
Monday, February 06, 2017
A draft proposal by education leaders to trim TOPS aid would be a reason for students to avoid state schools, LSU Student Government President Zachary Faircloth said Monday.
Monday, February 06, 2017
State Superintendent of Education John White said Monday he is open to more changes in the long-running controversy over how Louisiana's public schools are graded.
Sunday, February 05, 2017
During his campaign, President Donald Trump’s answer to the populist demand for lower college tuition was for the universities to get up off their billions in endowments and aim some of that money towards lowering costs for students.
Monday, January 30, 2017
Louisiana university leaders Monday tried to calm fears of their international students in the wake of President Donald Trump’s order last week banning travel from seven predominantly Muslim countries.
Scientists can start extracting DNA from the rare, often extinct, animal specimens collected over the centuries and preserved in jars of liquid at natural history museums around the world under a new system developed at LSU and Rutgers.
In a rerun of previous years, public school leaders are gearing up for crowded classrooms, program cuts and possible layoffs after learning that Gov. John Bel Edwards will recommend another freeze in basic state aid to public schools.
Thursday, January 26, 2017
Public colleges and universities are bracing for yet another cut to their budgets when legislators meet Friday to figure out how to close a $304 million gap in funding.
South Louisiana Community College on Thursday officially opened its new health and sciences building, which will serve both as a gateway to the Lafayette campus and as a path to enhanced high school and collegiate education.
Louisiana's longtime low rate of public high school seniors applying for federal college aid has suddenly shot up, the state Department of Education announced Thursday.
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Despite lots of fanfare, Louisiana and other states allow public school teachers to be rated as "effective" even if students show insignificant academic growth, according to a national report released Wednesday morning.
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Amid state budget problems, Gov. John Bel Edwards next month will recommend a freeze in basic state aid for public schools, an aide to the governor said Tuesday.
Monday, January 23, 2017
After more than a year of public hearings, forums and debates, key questions remain on just how the state plans to overhaul its public schools.
Friday, January 20, 2017
State Superintendent of Education John White said Friday his department will ask the Louisiana's top school board to approve four charter schools similar to those whose state funding is in jeopardy.
L.J. Alleman School in Lafayette was placed under lock down Friday morning for a weapons search, according to a report by KATC-TV.
Thursday, January 19, 2017
Revised teacher training may help address Louisiana's racial disparities in public schools suspensions and its rate of young students being tossed out of school, the leader of a state panel studying the issue said Thursday morning.
Monday, January 16, 2017
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.
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.