Department of Education http://wwno.org en Career Diploma Given Short Shrift http://wwno.org/post/career-diploma-given-short-shrift Louisiana’s Department of Education is hosting a series of regional meetings this month to talk about simplifying the state’s high school diploma options.<p>The department is looking to put more emphasis on career training, after lawmakers’, employers’, and teachers’ repeated complaints that the state is too focused on sending kids on to college, instead of preparing them for real-world jobs.<a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wrkf/audio/2013/06/060513_CareerDiploma_SLfeature.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p> Wed, 05 Jun 2013 10:32:00 +0000 editor 36810 at http://wwno.org Appropriations Committee Questions DOE Surplus http://wwno.org/post/appropriations-committee-questions-doe-surplus <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wrkf/files/styles/card_280/public/201304/0403_13_AP1.jpg" alt="" /><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&#160;</span>While departments across the state are seeing steep cuts, the Department of Education has been getting more than it needs, according to accusations Wednesday in a House Appropriations Committee meeting.<p>Committee chairman Jim Fannin noted: year after year, the department has been allocated more money than it spent. In fiscal year 2012 the department's actual expenditures were $400 million dollars less than its $5.6 billion dollar operating budget.<p> Wed, 03 Apr 2013 22:39:00 +0000 Kelly Connelly 32531 at http://wwno.org Education dept. again turns down records request http://wwno.org/post/education-dept-again-turns-down-records-request <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px; ">After saying last August that a public records request would be fulfilled, Louisiana's education department is again refusing to provide The Associated Press with records on how schools were chosen to participate in Gov. Bobby Jindal's new statewide voucher program.</p> Wed, 03 Oct 2012 15:05:25 +0000 Kevin McGill | The Associated Press 21094 at http://wwno.org News-Star sues education department for information http://wwno.org/post/news-star-sues-education-department-information <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px; ">The News-Star newspaper in Monroe has sued the Louisiana Department of Education over a denied Freedom of Information request.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px; ">The News-Star reports that it took the legal action after the Education Department first ignored and then denied the request, claiming the governor's exemption of deliberative process.</p> Tue, 04 Sep 2012 17:15:13 +0000 The Associated Press 19261 at http://wwno.org 'Unacceptable' schools list swells from last year http://wwno.org/post/unacceptable-schools-list-swells-last-year <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px; ">Education officials say the number of public schools facing state sanctions rose by 33 percent this year amid tougher state standards.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px; ">Barry Landry, a spokesman for the state Department of Education, tells The Advocate a total of 180 schools are listed as academically unacceptable, up from 135 last year.</p> Tue, 31 Jul 2012 17:43:39 +0000 The Associated Press 16854 at http://wwno.org Voucher schools include some teaching creationism http://wwno.org/post/voucher-schools-include-some-teaching-creationism <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px; ">Taxpayer dollars in Louisiana&#39;s new voucher program will be paying to send children to schools that teach creationism and question evolution, challenging the lessons central to public school science classrooms.</p> Mon, 30 Jul 2012 20:39:26 +0000 MELINDA DESLATTE | The Associated Press 16799 at http://wwno.org Appeals court allows school voucher program to begin http://wwno.org/post/appeals-court-allows-school-voucher-program-begin <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px; ">A state appeals court has upheld a decision that allows Gov. Bobby Jindal&#39;s statewide voucher program to begin in August.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px; ">Teacher unions and local school boards sought to block the start of the program as they challenge its constitutionality.</p> Thu, 26 Jul 2012 21:51:29 +0000 MELINDA DESLATTE | The Associated Press 16614 at http://wwno.org Team to aid districts with curriculum, evaluation http://wwno.org/post/team-aid-districts-curriculum-evaluation <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px; ">Five people have been appointed to a state Department of Education team to help Louisiana school districts implement new education standards and a teacher evaluation system.</p> Tue, 10 Jul 2012 16:34:17 +0000 The Associated Press 15431 at http://wwno.org 3 Years of Declining Dropout Rate for Louisiana http://wwno.org/post/3-years-declining-dropout-rate-louisiana <p>BATON ROUGE &mdash; Louisiana&#39;s Department of Education says the state&#39;s annual dropout rate has fallen for three years in a row. A department news release says the percentage of dropouts in seventh- through 12th grades decreased from 3.5 in 2009-2010 to 3.1 in 2010-2011. That means 1,100 more students chose to stay in school.<span style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 01 Jun 2012 16:17:57 +0000 The Associated Press 12618 at http://wwno.org