Education

Standardized forms for Louisiana colleges to report hazing

Louisiana's public colleges are receiving standardized forms to report hazing allegations, as the state's top higher education board works to comply with toughened anti-hazing laws.

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

Traffic cameras back on in school zones Monday

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

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

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

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

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  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

  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

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

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

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

Louisiana expands foster care for youth with jobs, in school

Family of Brusly Middle School student settles lawsuit after leaked video

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.

Power outage prompts delayed start for Dillard University

According to Dillard University’s Twitter page, the campus will open at noon.

Teacher cuts waist-length hair to support 5-year-old girl bullied for short haircut

After a 5-year-old in Texas got her hair cut, her friends started calling her a boy, and she began wearing a hat to school. But her teacher’s kind gesture changed everything.

Teacher tells students MLK assassination was ‘complete fabrication,’ NC parent says

After the school district began investigating the allegations, the substitute teacher turned in her resignation.

Alabama lawmakers file bill for elective Bible course in public schools

Would you give your blessings for your child to take a Bible class in his or her public school?

Recent uptick in crime near campus has some LSU students concerned

Some LSU students are on edge as police continue to hunt for a man at the center of a violent shootout last month inside the Burbank Taco Bell near campus.

  St. Tammany school board calls for member to resign, she refuses

The St. Tammany School Board is calling for one of its members to resign after she admitted to shoplifting.

St. Tammany School Board considering resolution calling for board member’s resignation

Authorities arrested Sharon Lo Drucker in July for allegedly shoplifting from the Walmart in Covington.

  Orleans school bus regulations taken up by council

The New Orleans City Council will take up a way to make uniform regulations and inspection framework for buses citywide.

JP voters to consider tax proposal to boost teacher pay

Voters in Jefferson Parish will be asked to approve a tax proposal to bring teacher salaries in line with surrounding areas.

Father sues bullies after son named ‘most likely to shoot up school’

Because of the rumor, allegedly spread by bullies, the boy was ostracized and ridiculed by his classmates and searched and interrogated by staff, according to the father’s attorney.

Louisiana woman charged in $200,000 scheme

The 31-year-old woman is accused of applying for $200,000 in financial aid under 15 different names to use for personal use.