Seven educational leaders spoke in often stark personal terms Tuesday as they shared what they’ve learned in running public schools across the Baton Rouge area, many of which are struggling to make the grade.
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Monday, April 24, 2017
With less than four months until it reopens, Istrouma High School in Baton Rouge finally has a principal.
Monday, April 24, 2017
GONZALES — Gonzales is taking a conservative approach with its general fund budget for the coming fiscal year in light of a slowing of sales tax revenues.
Sunday, April 23, 2017
Thursday, April 20, 2017
Acknowledging he opted too late to seek community input, East Baton Rouge Parish Superintendent Warren Drake on Thursday removed controversial proposals to merge schools in the Capitol, Broadmoor and Glen Oaks areas, allowing easy passage of a lar…
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Two juveniles taken into custody Tuesday night by the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office are accused of starting a fire at Glen Oaks Senior High School.
GONZALES — Some Ascension Parish public schools damaged by the August flood may need to meet new building codes when they undergo renovation.
A plan for new management at an otherwise doomed Baton Rouge charter school won easy approval Tuesday from the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
In a groundbreaking program to start this summer, Southeastern Louisiana University will promise incoming freshmen their tuition won't be raised and classes will be available to ensure they can end with a degree in four years.
A plan to quietly ban dodge ball and other "target games" from public schools was shelved Tuesday by Louisiana's top school board.
Monday, April 17, 2017
April 29 is a day when many folks will head out of town to major music festivals in New Orleans and Lafayette, but it’s also election day in East Baton Rouge Parish and the ballot will include just two items: property tax renewals dedicated to pub…
Monday, April 17, 2017
The main university fundraising arm on Monday named J. Bryan Benchoff to hold the dual role of president for the private LSU Foundation and vice president of institutional advancement for the LSU System.
Saturday, April 15, 2017
FERRIDAY — On the night of Jan. 30, 1966, in the racially divided city of Ferriday, David Whatley, the first black student to attend the town’s all-white high school, awoke at his grandmother's house to an attempted firebombing by a particularly v…
Friday, April 14, 2017
Louisiana's tradition of paddling public school students includes those with disabilities, and Gov. John Bel Edwards wants to make the practice illegal.
Thursday, April 13, 2017
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
An Indianapolis-based charter school group which runs an elementary school in Baton Rouge is coming to the rescue of a larger but lower-performing charter school in town that, unless something changes soon, will close in May.
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
GONZALES — The Ascension Parish School Board took its first step this week toward creating a strategic plan that will set goals for all areas of the school system over the next five years.
Monday, April 10, 2017
The longtime personnel director for the Central school system was fired Monday, after what the school superintendent described as a 1½-year-long evaluation process.
Saturday, April 08, 2017
The East Baton Rouge Parish school system is seeking up to $15 million in federal money to create STEM-themed magnet programs at Belaire High School and three schools that feed into it.
Thursday, April 06, 2017
The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board on Thursday advanced plans to merge, expand or relocate more than a dozen public schools, many of them in north Baton Rouge, even as board members from that area demanded more community input and more to he…
Wednesday, April 05, 2017
East Baton Rouge Parish Superintendent Warren Drake is asking the School Board on Thursday to move forward on plans to merge, expand or relocate more than a dozen public schools.
Before his famous “March to the Sea,” scorched earth warfare during the Civil War and outright refusal to run for president, William Tecumseh Sherman in 1860 became the first superintendent of the Louisiana State Seminary of Learning and Military …
Monday, April 03, 2017
In a bipartisan but controversial push, two state lawmakers have filed bills that would make it harder for students to earn a Taylor Opportunity Program for Students award.
Despite detailed assurances from top state officials, an offer to set up a no-cost, high-speed internet network for cash-strapped public schools across Louisiana died recently amid conflicting claims on the merits of the plan.
Sunday, April 02, 2017
A recent report on disciplinary issues in Pointe Coupee Parish schools put a spotlight on a vexing problem for many schools throughout the region: cellphones in classrooms.
Saturday, April 01, 2017
The Ascension Parish School Board is looking down the road at two property taxes set to expire in a few years, and it will put proposals to extend them on the ballot, possibly in 2019.
Friday, March 31, 2017
The board of supervisors for the Southern University System voted Friday to award posthumous degrees to two students who were killed on campus on campus in 1972.
Athletic renovations, budget cuts and limited use have given the death knell to the thousands of fish and plant research specimens housed at the University of Louisiana at Monroe's Museum of Natural History.
Twenty-eight Baton Rouge high school students were taken to hospitals with minor or moderate injuries Friday morning after a pair of charter buses carrying them to New Orleans for a museum visit and an NBA game were involved in a crash on Intersta…
Thursday, March 30, 2017
Patrick Dangerfield recalls his reaction when he first heard where the Belaire High School marching band was planning to go for its upcoming trip.
The number of mumps cases in Louisiana is up to 30, prompting warnings from college administrators and state health officials.
In a late change, the state school board Wednesday night voted to end Louisiana's generous system for awarding public school letter grades.
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
A 27-year-old Baton Rouge man was awarded $37.1 million from an Iberville Parish jury after losing his leg four years ago in a work-related accident at a chemical plant near St. Gabriel.
After a marathon hearing, the state's top school board Wednesday night approved state Superintendent of Education John White's plan to overhaul Louisiana's long-suffering public schools.
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
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.
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.
The G.W. Carver Primary School in Ascension Parish has been named the 2017 national winner of the top award bestowed annually by the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching.
A plan by state education officials to revamp Louisiana's public schools should include more information on how public schools are faring, officials of seven groups said Monday.
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.
Saturday, March 25, 2017
In a sign of how a major disaster can change a community, all students in public schools in Livingston Parish and Central are on track to receive free breakfast and lunch through 2021.
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
With its reopening just over four months away, Istrouma High School is a beehive of activity both on and off the grounds of its home on Winbourne Avenue.
GONZALES — Electrical work, roof repairs and installation of new wall board at Gonzales City Hall is complete and painting should begin soon at the Irma Boulevard building that flooded last summer, City Engineer Jackie Baumann said this week.
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.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Expanding early childhood education dominated the discussion Tuesday night at a rare joint meeting of the Metro Council and the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board.