Monday, December 17, 2018
Amid rising charges, a state panel Monday said public school districts should have detailed policies in five areas governing student fees, including how students from low-income families can qualify for hardship waivers.
Although the number of public high school students taking college courses is up 60 percent, barely 1 in 5 of those enrolled are black students.
Sunday, December 16, 2018
Nine months of the year, you can find Jim Baldridge at St. Michael The Archangel High School doing what he’s been doing for the past 34 years, teaching French or science to a room full of teenagers.
Friday, December 14, 2018
Friday, December 14, 2018
A West Baton Rouge grand jury has indicted two Brusly officers accused of using excessive force on a student in October, but the boy's family believes the charges aren't harsh enough.
An elementary school in Denham Springs has snagged a top national award for its success closing the achievement gap for disadvantaged students.
Thursday, December 13, 2018
LIVINGSTON — The Livingston Parish School Board on Thursday approved a property tax exemption worth hundreds of thousands of dollars that developers said would be necessary to build an $8.6 million solar field near Springfield.
Thursday, December 13, 2018
The planning for a new Jefferson Terrace Elementary, which is being rebuilt on 20 acres of vacant land in the same subdivision, has been under way for years, but it wasn’t until Thursday night that the new $32.9 million facility was given a final …
At least three members of the Louisiana Board of Regents, and possibly five, are leaving and the panel has a new chairman.
Broadmoor High School in Baton Rouge, which was closed Thursday because of a water leak underneath the campus, reopens Friday, East Baton Rouge Parish School System spokeswoman Taylor Gast said.
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal appeals court is returning a dispute over a Louisiana charter school back to a district court, leaving open questions about how the 2-year-old school is affected by a 51-year-old desegregation order.
Marcayah Carter was teased last school year when she started wearing glasses. Even though she could see better and she picked mint green frames — her favorite color — they laughed.
A teacher at Advantage Charter Academy in Baker has been arrested after allegations that she hit students, according to Baker Police Chief Carl Dunn.
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Despite impassioned pleas from parents, Louisiana's top school board voted Tuesday to close an F-rated charter school in Hammond.
Monday, December 10, 2018
Dadrius Lanus has joined his friend Tramelle Howard as the newest and youngest members of the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board, a board filled with incumbents responsible for the public school system they’ve spent the past few months challenging.
Louisiana's top-rated school districts also showed some of the largest enrollment gains in the past decade, according to newly-released headcounts.
Saturday, December 08, 2018
Dadrius Lanus defeated three-term District 2 incumbent Vereta Lee in a runoff Saturday, vaulting the 30-year-old educator onto the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board and sending a second incumbent packing.
Friday, December 07, 2018
In a troubling sign that could set the stage for big budget cuts, the East Baton Rouge Parish school system has found itself dipping deeply into financial reserves to pay for its operations.
A story out of the LSU department of physics and astronomy made CNN's list of top space stories of 2018.
Thursday, December 06, 2018
The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board voted unanimously Thursday to put off for a month guidelines for handling requests for industrial tax exemptions after several board members and critics of the tax breaks said recent wording changes undermi…
CLINTON — East Feliciana Parish School Board members had a wide-ranging discussion Tuesday about the school system's struggle to improve student test scores while the state's expectations of school performance are going up.
Wednesday, December 05, 2018
After more than a year of deliberation, the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board is preparing to adopt guidelines for handling requests for industrial tax exemptions that largely track the ones adopted last month by the Metro Council.
Tuesday, December 04, 2018
GONZALES — An education consultant is recommending the Ascension Parish School Board look at increasing teacher pay from between 1 percent and 4 percent to make the district more competitive with nearby school systems.
BAKER — Despite opposition from one sitting Baker School Board member and an incoming board member, the board voted 4-1 Tuesday night to extend Superintendent Herman Brister’s contract through the end of 2020 — just weeks before a new board is seated.
Sunday, December 02, 2018
A handful of out-of-state billionaires pushing for charter schools and other "education reforms" have spent a sliver of their fortunes on East Baton Rouge Parish School Board races, records show.
Thursday, November 29, 2018
In her 12 years on the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board, Vereta Lee has engaged many political fights, but she is in perhaps her toughest yet as she battles for re-election to the district representing much of the northern part of the parish.
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
The hazing allegation that led to the suspension of activities for LSU sorority Pi Beta Phi's in early November stemmed from a milk chugging challenge, according to an LSU Police report.
Monday, November 26, 2018
The grandmother of a middle schooler involved in a scuffle with a Brusly police officer last month — a confrontation caught by a school office camera — says the student suffered physical and psychological injuries in violation of his civil rights.
Sunday, November 25, 2018
Former East Baton Rouge Parish School Board member Darryl L. Robertson died of a heart attack Friday night at his Baton Rouge home, friends say.
Jefferson Terrace Elementary is slated to be rebuilt on 20 acres of nearby vacant property, with construction scheduled to begin in February.
Tuesday, November 20, 2018
WALKER — As the bell rings at Walker High School, most kids are hopping on the school bus to head home. But some two dozen are donning green uniforms and tan aprons, getting ready for their after school job at Papa John's.
Monday, November 19, 2018
The East Baton Rouge Parish school system wants to make another, different, attempt at attracting children to a program that offers a free, public education online.
Saturday, November 17, 2018
A little-noticed state task force is assessing the adequacy of public school internet access and other education technology, and what it would take to make Louisiana a national leader.
The Vermilion Parish School Board violated the state’s Open Meeting Law in January when it forcibly removed a teacher from a meeting after she objected to a pay raise for the superintendent, a state district court judge has ruled.
Mixing education goals with re-election themes, Gov. John Bel Edwards said Saturday he is mapping plans to boost teacher pay to the regional average by 2022 on top of pay raises of $1,000 next year.
Thursday, November 15, 2018
After delaying the item for a month, the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board has agreed to create a position for someone to work with current and future charter schools as well as analyze the performance of struggling Baton Rouge schools.
Before she took the stage Thursday morning, Mary Lou Retton and a school gym filled with teenage girls at St. Joseph’s Academy in Baton Rouge looked up at a big screen and watched Retton — 34 years ago — come from behind to win the all-around gold…
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
An Ohio-based anti-animal abuse group said Wednesday LSU officials have ended one animal experiment for biomedical research and should suspend a second one after the organization complained federal rules were violated.
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Incumbent Vereta Lee and challenger Dadrius Lanus traded jabs at a forum Tuesday over who’s backing their campaigns and about their respective teaching experience during their first debate since they faced off a week ago at the polls. They are in …
Hammond High Magnet School will reopen for classes Wednesday with increased security and a law enforcement presence after threats shuttered the campus for two days in a row, according to the Tangipahoa Parish School System.
The Livingston Parish Sheriff said he will "go back to the drawing board" and look for new ways to put a law enforcement officer on every school campus, one week after a school safety tax failed at the ballot box.
Monday, November 12, 2018
Whether public school teachers walk off the job in the current school year depends on actions by Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards and the Republican-controlled Legislature, the president of the Louisiana Federation of Teachers said Monday.
Hammond High Magnet School will be open on Tuesday after it closed Monday "due to a possible threat on campus," Tangipahoa Parish School System reported in a Facebook post Monday afternoon.
Thursday, November 08, 2018
In the first report cards since standards were toughened, Louisiana's share of A-rated public schools slipped while those with F's went up, according to figures released Thursday by the state Department of Education.
The 2017-2018 Louisiana school and district performance scores were released Thursday. The state as a whole maintained a B grade for a second consecutive year after receiving a C in 2015-2016, according to annual school academic results released b…
Once again, the Baton Rouge area is leading Louisiana's academic rankings, but thanks to big changes in how the state calculates school and district letter grades the individual schools and districts look notably worse than they did last year.