Gov. John Bel Edwards spelled out his public school legislative priorities Tuesday, including tighter rules on vouchers, changes in annual teacher evaluations and a ban on corporal punishment for students with disabilities.
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
After 12 months of meetings, hearings and arguments, Louisiana's top school board is set to decide Wednesday whether to endorse a plan to revamp public schools, and when to submit it to federal officials.
Monday, March 27, 2017
In a move that stunned state education leaders, a plan to provide high speed internet access to school districts statewide has died because of a lack of interest from local educators, officials said Monday.
Monday, March 27, 2017
It seems like a no brainer — high school students earning up to a year of college credit, which means big savings for students, families and the state.
Friday, March 24, 2017
In his first definitive comments on the issue, Gov. John Bel Edwards on Friday denounced state Superintendent of Education John White's plan to revamp public schools.
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Calls for a delay in plans to revamp public schools are coming from the same "establishment" education groups that have helped block tougher school standards for five years, state Superintendent of Education John White said Thursday.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
The president of Louisiana's top school board said Wednesday he favors submitting the state's proposal to revamp public schools next month, not the September target Gov. John Bel Edwards favors.
Monday, March 20, 2017
Without giving any details, Gov. John Bel Edwards and state Superintendent of Education John White said Tuesday they had a cordial meeting on how to revamp public schools but no final decisions were made.
With deadlines looming, Gov. John Bel Edwards plans to meet Tuesday with state Superintendent of Education John White amid wide differences on how to revamp Louisiana's public schools.
Monday, March 13, 2017
Gov. John Bel Edwards and state Superintendent of Education John White disagreed Monday on when the state's plan to overhaul public schools should be wrapped up and submitted to federal officials.
Friday, March 10, 2017
The LSU Student Health Center alerted students late Friday to be careful about catching the mumps after confirming several students had come down with the contagious disease.
The Ethics Board is considering the legality of reorganizing LSU’s private endowment foundation by making its chief also answer to the public university’s president in hopes of energizing fundraising efforts.
Wednesday, March 08, 2017
Louisiana’s community and technical colleges are realigning eight campuses in response to declining state support for the two-year higher education institutions.
Louisiana's first new science standards in two decades won final approval Wednesday from the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.
Thursday, March 02, 2017
Undergraduate business students at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette have joined MBA students in the X-Culture competition, testing their skills against an international field, according to a university news release.
Friday, February 24, 2017
Thursday, February 23, 2017
The University of Louisiana at Lafayette is moving forward with plans for a new laboratory school, where teachers in training can get experience with model education methods and area kids will benefit from the most up-to-date research on learning.
Amid sharp divisions, a panel named by Gov. John Bel Edwards recommended Thursday that Louisiana's plan to overhaul public schools be delayed for five months.
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Monday, February 20, 2017
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.