Struggling to plug a longstanding budget deficit, Loyola University has laid off more than two dozen staffers, or about 6 percent of its full-time employees, and will temporarily curb its contributions to employees' retirement plans, school offici…
Monday, July 16, 2018
School reforms in New Orleans have been a boon for students, according to a new report — the latest contribution to a body of research lauding the city’s 13-year-old charter school movement.
A judge has ordered the LSU Dental School in New Orleans to reinstate two students who filed a lawsuit arguing they had been unfairly expelled over accusations of cheating.
Monday, July 16, 2018
Eleven high school seniors — eight from the New Orleans area, two from Lafayette and one from Shreveport — were named Monday as winners of National Merit college scholarships ranging from $500 to $2,000 a year.
Sunday, July 15, 2018
LSU President F. King Alexander remains the highest-paid president of a public university in Louisiana and collects more than the national average, according to a report released Sunday.
Friday, July 13, 2018
The new superintendent of public schools in Jefferson Parish outlined his goals for the state's largest school district Monday, describing improvements he'd like to see in everything from English-language instruction to teacher pay.
Parents will see some changes in report cards in the coming school year if the St. Tammany Parish School Board adopts plans that, among other things, would switch to letter grades for first graders.
Thursday, July 12, 2018
A new cellphone policy that would allow students to bring phones to school but to use them only in extreme emergencies won approval from the St. Tammany Parish School Board in a committee meeting Thursday, making it likely that the change will be …
Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Public schools in most parishes in the New Orleans area saw gains on high-stakes state exams in the 2017-18 school year, a year in which students were asked to meet a higher standard than in the past, according to data released Tuesday.
Louisiana's statewide 2017-2018 LEAP test score results show about one in three students achieved the new benchmark -- mastery -- in math, English and science, a similar percentage to last year, according to results released Tuesday morning.
Monday, July 09, 2018
Catholic Church officials have settled a sexual abuse lawsuit that accused a popular Jesuit priest of raping a young girl dozens of times at Loyola University more than three decades ago.
An independent film re-examining the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nationwide is facing rejection and approval in equal measure in the Baton Rouge and New Orleans areas, says a co-producer of the controversial production.
Sunday, July 08, 2018
Thursday, July 05, 2018
Last week's tears of anger and disappointment turned to tears of joy and relief Thursday for several dozen Jefferson Parish parents.
A former financial aid officer at Delgado Community College in New Orleans was charged this week with soliciting and accepting bribes from three students to ensure they were deemed eligible for financial aid.
Wednesday, July 04, 2018
The Jefferson Parish School Board will vote next week on whether to purchase a 40-acre piece of property to create a career and technical school at Nola Motorsports Park in Avondale.
A Jefferson Parish School Board member has been accused of trying to "humiliate" and "intimidate" a former school system employee who is suing the board.
Saturday, June 30, 2018
For a decade after sweeping reforms shook up public education in New Orleans in 2005, moving most of the city's schools under the state-created Recovery School District, few believed the Orleans Parish School Board was ready to take charge once mo…
Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Several parents vented their frustration with the Jefferson Parish public school system Tuesday evening after their children did not get places in the Kenner Discovery Health Sciences Academy's pre-K program in a special lottery held to fix an err…
Monday, June 25, 2018
DENHAM SPRINGS — For a lot of high school kids, you couldn't pay them to go to summer school. In Livingston Parish and other parishes, not only can you pay them, you can give them classroom credit and job skills, too.
The parents of more than three dozen children who were awarded places in the highly coveted prekindergarten program at Kenner Discovery Health Sciences Academy will have to try their luck in the lottery again because of a computer error, school of…
Saturday, June 23, 2018
A Tulane University professor will take part in a multinational research project to determine whether a massive Antarctic glacier will collapse, when that might happen and what effect that could have on sea levels around the world.
Thursday, June 21, 2018
The Kenner City Council unanimously passed a resolution Thursday urging the Jefferson Parish School Board to continue to ban Parish President Mike Yenni from public school facilities.
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Three months into the job, the superintendent of Jefferson Parish public schools says he is facing two major challenges: standardizing the curriculum across the district and holding onto new teachers.
The Kenner City Council will vote Thursday on a resolution supporting a Jefferson Parish school system policy barring Parish President Mike Yenni from school buildings and functions.
Sunday, June 17, 2018
A civil suit brought by two former LSU Dental School students who say they were unfairly kicked out of the New Orleans school is set to begin Monday in a Baton Rouge courtroom.
Monday, June 11, 2018
Against the backdrop of recent high-profile school shootings, the Jefferson Parish School Board has approved spending as much as $1 million to put "school resource officers" at every public high school and two middle schools.
Tulane University President Michael Fitts will stay in his job at least through 2023, the school’s governing board announced Monday, citing numerous successes for the Uptown institution under Fitts’ leadership.
Sunday, June 10, 2018
Citing concerns about the number of economically disadvantaged students enrolled at a highly rated school, Jefferson Parish schools Superintendent Cade Brumley said Friday that he intends to closely monitor the student population at Kenner Discove…
Thursday, June 07, 2018
The Jefferson Parish public school system needs more than $700 million worth of new buildings and upgrades to existing facilities, according to a new consultant's report.
Wednesday, June 06, 2018
The Jefferson Parish School Board voted 6-3 Wednesday night to censure controversial member Cedric Floyd, citing claims of harassment toward employees of the school district.
Sixty-seven graduating seniors from the New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Lafayette areas are receiving scholarships ranging from $500 to $2,000 a year, the third group of winners in the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship Program.
Saturday, June 02, 2018
The periodic controversies that have dogged the Jefferson Parish School Board over the past two years have cost the school district's board more than just a lot of time and attention. It also has piled up $89,000 worth of legal fees to date, due l…
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Three Northshore High School band leaders have been charged with breaking state ethics laws by accepting money and trip expenses from the band's booster club, documents show.
Friday, May 25, 2018
Nicole Alvarez, principal of Pope John Paul II High School in Slidell, emailed a letter to parents Friday saying she will be leaving her post.
After five days of testimony about the rape of a special education student at Abney Elementary School, 22nd Judicial District Judge Raymond Childress will decide whether the St. Tammany Parish school system bears responsibility for what happened t…
Thursday, May 24, 2018
Stolen innocence, a shattered family and a young boy's sleep haunted by fear — that was the toll taken by child rapist Dino Schwertz, according to victim Justin Bleker and his mother, Rebecca Hickman.
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Dino Schwertz, the janitor convicted of raping a boy in the bathroom of his Slidell elementary school, should never have been hired, according to an expert witness who testified Wednesday for the victim and his family in their civil suit against t…
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
The Orleans Parish School Board will run Cypress Academy next year, the board said Tuesday, just two days after officials at the small Mid-City charter school surprised families by saying the campus was closing for good.
Monday, May 21, 2018
A high school teacher who worked in St. John the Baptist Parish until earlier this month is being investigated on allegations of inappropriate behavior with a student, according to school and law enforcement authorities.
Three days before summer break at Cypress Academy, the small charter school in Mid-City told parents that Wednesday will be its last day — forever.
About 50 students at Slidell's Pope John Paul II High School held up signs and called out words of support Monday morning to protest a decision to remove the Rev. Pat Wattigny as the Catholic school's president.
Saturday, May 19, 2018
The latest Tulane graduates celebrated the completion of their college career at Tulane University’s 184th commencement Saturday, May 19, 2018, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Friday, May 18, 2018
Jesmyn Ward’s novels confront you with the particulars of poverty and racism in the corner of Mississippi where the author grew up and still lives.
Thursday, May 17, 2018
Faced with an outpouring of opposition from a near-capacity crowd at a meeting Thursday night, the St. Tammany Parish School Board backed away from a proposal to require uniforms next year for all of the school system's nearly 39,000 students.
Justin Bleker was 13 when he told a St. Tammany Parish jury that Dino Schwertz, the janitor at his Slidell elementary school, had raped him twice in the boys' bathroom. His testimony helped send Schwertz to prison for life.
Loyola University plans to impose its fifth round of layoffs in as many years, along with other cost-cutting measures, as the New Orleans school continues to struggle with a protracted slide in revenue.