Education

Music teacher creates virtual song with students at time when a ‘Little Light’ is needed

The East Baton Rouge Parish School System shared a project by a music teacher at the Baton Rouge Center for Visual and Performing Arts to try to help lift spirits during the COVID-19 emergency.

Man charged with giving fake asbestos results to Terrebonne schools

  Louisiana Federation of Teachers disappointed after teacher raises left out of state budget

  St. George’s Episcopal School prepares middle school students for a successful future

  St. George’s Episcopal School stresses social and emotional learning

NOLA Public Schools: ‘We must do more to ensure safety of our students’

SUNO to suspend all athletic programs at the end of academic year

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  Parents, advocates optimistic after city and state promises to fund early childhood education

FAFSA filing period now open for federal student aid

Standardized forms for Louisiana colleges to report hazing

New Orleans Library: No more late-fees on youth items

LSU welcomes new freshman class to campus

‘In God We Trust’ motto to appear in every Louisiana public school this fall

Traffic cameras back on in school zones Monday

Traffic cameras across the city will be back on Monday (Aug. 12), as students return to school from summer break.

Less than half of students affected by JFK grade-fixing scandal cleared for graduation

Less than half of the students affected by a grade-fixing scandal at John F. Kennedy High School have been cleared to get their diploma’s, school officials said Sunday (July 11).

  John F. Kennedy parents join lawsuit against school, charter, OPSB

The lawsuit comes after about 70 seniors walked at graduation but haven't received their diplomas because of a grade fixing scandal.

Dads line up to greet students on first day at Jackson elementary school

They made a tunnel for the kids and cheered them on as they walked in for their first day of class at Barack Obama Magnet Elementary.

  Parent of JFK High School grad frustrated by ongoing fight for daughter’s diploma

  Gentilly charter school may have misappropriated public funds

  Fraud accusations arise against Jefferson Parish high school

  Northshore school district possibly hit by cyber attack amid statewide emergency declaration

LSU alum’s GoFundMe to build new library gaining traction

  La. education superintendent discusses teacher preparation on Capitol Hill

Grand Isle, Lafitte schools to reopen Tuesday

Fisher Middle-High, Kerner Elementary and Grand Isle schools will all resume their normal summer schedules after Tropical Storm Barry slammed the area.

  Parents sue John F. Kennedy high school amid graduation scandal

Parents are suing the high school, its charter and other agencies after more than half of the school's graduating class walked across the stage and did not learn until later, they didn't have the credits to get their diploma.

University of Holy Cross names new president

Stanton F. McNeely III has been elected to lead the school after a nationwide search that began in April.

  OPSB Superintendent promises change amid JFK High investigation

The Orleans Parish School Board’s Superintendent touts changes and releases a formal apology to John F. Kennedy seniors. This, after a number of students who thought they’d earned their diploma learned they had more credits to earn.

  Caddo Magnet junior earns perfect score on ACT college admissions test

15-year-old Emma Dong got a perfect 36 on the test this past June.

  Education advocate encourages reform after grade-changing, students found lacking credits to graduate

Nearly a month after John F. Kennedy High School seniors walked across the stage for graduation, nearly half of the graduating class are finding out they're not done with high school.

Gov. signs state budget with $200 million more for education

Governor John Bel Edwards signed the state operating budget Tuesday, June 18 without a single line-item veto.

Louisiana stuck at No. 49 in ‘Kids Count’ ranking

Louisiana remained at number 49 in an annual national assessment of child well-being.

Ten-year-old author pens book to cope with loss of his mom

Keigon Lowery, age 10, has written a book about life since his mother was killed in front of his eyes.

Louisiana expands foster care for youth with jobs, in school

Louisiana is expanding its foster care program to cover youth in the state’s care until age 21.

Family of Brusly Middle School student settles lawsuit after leaked video

The family of a student at Brusly Middle School confirms they have settled a civil lawsuit against the school after the 14 year old boy was injured in an incident involving a police officer.

Jefferson Parish School Board votes to rename school after Tom Benson

The Jefferson Parish School Board unanimously agreed to rename one its schools after the late owner of the Saints and Pelicans, Tom Benson.

  ‘Adulting 101’ class teaches students how to survive in the real world after high school graduation

The class shows graduating seniors how to do mundane tasks, that many of them may have never thought of doing themselves.

  Teacher pay raises win final legislative approval at the state Capitol

A proposed pay raise for public school teachers won final legislative approval at the state Capitol on Monday afternoon.

  Louisiana principal resigns after being arrested at strip club while on school field trip

Holy Family Principal Michael Comeau was arrested Thursday, May 30 in Washington, D.C. at a strip club.

Louisiana twins overcome learning disability, earn over $2.5 million in college scholarships

“When you have dyslexia, it’s going to be harder to learn like everyone else does. We would have to study a lot longer.”

Louisiana: Record number of 2018 graduates enroll in college

The news come after the education department announced Louisiana's public four-year high school graduation rate surpassed 80% for the first time in 2018.

  Staff, parents protest early childhood grant pulled from school following ‘Cost of Choice’ reports

Teachers, students and parents from an early childhood program held signs in protest outside LSU Health New Orleans, opposing a decision to end a nearly million-dollar grant with the school.

Lack of funding causes closure of Coast school for autistic children

A specialty school catering to students with autism and operated by the University of Southern Mississippi is shutting its doors due to lack of funding, leaving parents searching for answers.

La. achieves highest state graduation rate ever

In 2018, more students in Louisiana than ever graduated from high school, according to statistics from the Louisiana Department of Education.

NOPD: Lusher student accused of terrorizing after online threats lead to lockdown

Lusher Charter School on Freret was placed under heightened security after a threat on social media late Monday night.

  The Cost of Choice: As New Orleans’ Catholic school enrollment fell, state vouchers came to the rescue

The largest participant in the Louisiana Scholarship Program, the New Orleans Archdiocese with 3,700 scholarship students, has more than half of the total students in the program.

  The Cost of Choice: Lax application process, holes in transparency in state scholarship program

The Louisiana Scholarship Program allows schools to simply notify the state to participate in the program rather than a lengthy application process like public and charter schools face for approval.

  Ponchatoula Jr. High teachers say they won’t intervene in fights after two coaches were terminated

Parents, students and teachers protest lack of clear policy when addressing altercations between students on campus.

  The Cost of Choice: Family-run school sanctioned by state, receives millions in scholarship dollars

Public money has flowed into one New Orleans voucher school despite low student scores, allegations of cheating and nepotism concerns.

Amazon partners with Louisiana community colleges to offer new degree

The partnership is the first step in a broader push to try to increase the workforce for high-paying tech jobs in the state, the governor said.

Sophie B. Wright lawsuit over graduation privileges stalled by move to Federal Court

A student is suing the school because she says she was not given the chance to appeal her punishment, which bans her from walking in her graduation ceremony.

State education board refuses to back down from $39 million budget proposal

A state education board defied House leaders Tuesday (May 7) and refused to back down from its budget proposal, even though it could put a teacher pay raise in jeopardy.

  Jefferson Parish voters overwhelmingly support teacher pay raises

Seventy-two percent of voters supported a pay raise for Jefferson Parish teachers, bringing base pay to $46,000.

Dillard University senior killed in fatal crash a week before graduation

Taima Miller was one week away from receiving her bachelor's degree from Dillard University when she was killed in a fatal car crash.

Jefferson Parish votes in favor of teacher pay raise

The annual starting salary for a public school teacher could increase by $6,000.

Actress Regina Hall to address Dillard graduates next month

Veteran actress Regina Hall has been tapped to address graduates of Dillard University next month.

SC teacher’s letter home with students doesn’t sit well with some parents

A letter sent home with some Dillon Middle School students this week has drawn the ire of their parents.

New Orleans student accepted to 115 colleges, offered $3.7 million in scholarships

An 18-year-old New Orleans high school senior has been accepted into 115 colleges and has been offered more than $3.7 million in scholarships.

Southern University wins Home Depot $50,000 campus improvement grant

Southern University was awarded a $50,000 grant from The Home Depot campus improvement.

  Schools closures announced ahead of Thursday’s severe weather threat

Severe weather is expected by mid-morning.

NC woman who started college at 12, earned Ph.D. by 23, reflects on life in the working world

At the age of 23, young adults are likely graduating college, starting careers, or figuring out what they want to do. Very few 23-year-olds can say they have a PhD. Dr. Julia Nepper is one of them.

  Sen. Bill Cassidy talks funding needs for early childhood education

U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., met with advocates of early childhood education Monday (April 15) to discuss requests for more federal funding.

  Some parents leave frustrated after meeting at Sophie B. Wright school

A heated meeting at Sophie B. Wright Charter School took place Tuesday, drawing parents who were upset about their children being banned from their graduation ceremony because of a senior prank.

  JP Chamber, BGR come out in support of new tax for teacher pay raises

In less than a month, Jefferson Parish voters will be asked to approve a property tax increase for teacher and support worker pay raises, though some voters are wondering why the tax is drawing support from some who weren’t so supportive in the past.

Students barred from attending graduation as punishment for ‘senior prank’

Parents of some Sophie B. Wright students hope to send a message to the school’s principal after a number of students were banned from going to their own graduation ceremony.

Study: La. receives F for efforts to remove lead from school water

A new study gives Louisiana a failing grade for efforts to remove lead from school drinking water.

Louisiana governor, Saints owner among Loyola honorees

Gayle Benson and John Bel Edwards are among the speakers who will impart their wisdom to Loyola University graduates this spring.

Tulane Police: 3 arrested after door to student’s dorm lit on fire

A university spokesman said investigators do not believe the attack was politically motivated at this time, despite the victim's claims he was targeted for his conservative beliefs.

Student arrested after posing with gun on school grounds for Instagram photo

Police arrested a Mckinley High School student accused of having a .9mm handgun on the school’s grounds.

Process to move Confederate monument on Ole Miss campus started

University leaders met with the Mississippi Department of Archives and History and the Institutions of Higher Learning to discuss the steps rules and regulations for removing the monument.

LSU administration touts academic success, despite string of problems

When Louisiana State University lowered its admission standards before the fall 2018 semester, some accused the school of sacrificing academic rigor for higher enrollment numbers and increased revenue.

  Plans in place for vacant McDonogh 11 school building

The old school sits empty and deteriorating on the corner of Claiborne and Canal.

  Coaches and parents in college admissions scheme find jobs in danger

At a brief court appearance Wednesday, a judge allowed Lori Loughlin to be released on $1 million bond and travel to the area around Vancouver, Canada, to work but otherwise imposed strict travel restrictions.

  Questions, support follow board’s vote to restructure Jefferson Parish schools

Concern over a reorganization proposal by the Jefferson Parish Public Schools superintendent brought a packed house Wednesday.

Four LSU employees face termination for spurning state law

LSU acknowledged Wednesday, Mar. 13 that four highly-compensated university employees continue to refuse to follow a state law tied to their employment.

  Teachers, parents to weigh in on Jefferson Parish School proposal to close middle schools

Wednesday, teachers and parents are expected to weigh in on a new proposal that could shake up the Jefferson Parish School System.

  Jefferson Parish superintendent proposes restructuring schools to improve performance, attendance

Superintendent Cade Brumley plans to close two schools and change one elementary school while expanding nine others.

  Gov. Edwards’ teacher pay raise proposal gets approval of key education panel

Members of a key state education board decided to back Gov. John Bel Edwards’ proposal to increase teacher pay and state dollars for public schools.

Green Oaks star athlete passes away at 18

Officials with Caddo Parish Schools have announced the passing of 18-year-old athlete Domanique Jones.

Lottery for enrollment into Orleans Parish schools closes Friday

The main round of Oneapp closes Friday.

School bus driver crashed into tree while under influence of drugs, NJ police say

First responders found the bus driver unconscious at the crash site and used Narcan to revive her.

TOPS among dedicated funds protected by state committee

A state committee tasked with reviewing dedicated funds chose to protect a significant portion of money that helps provide TOPS assistance for Louisiana students Wednesday, Feb. 20.