schools en Feds End Jefferson Parish School Discrimination Probe <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Jefferson Parish public schools have agreed to make changes to end a federal investigation into discrimination against English-language learners. The U.S. Department of Justice brokered the agreement, along with the Department of Education.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Jessica Williams is an education reporter at / The Times-Picayune. She says the agreement requires that Jefferson parish make a number of changes.</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 21:50:52 +0000 Janaya Williams 64235 at The Foundations Of Algebra, Through Pre-K Arts Classes <p>STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math, and it’s quite the buzzword these days in the education world. Teachers are looking at ways to encourage their students to be more math-oriented. For one program in New Orleans, the solution is to start introducing math early — as early as preschool.</p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 13:01:00 +0000 Sarah Tan 63182 at State Reviews Shrinking RSD Budget <p>The state <a href="" target="_blank">Board of Elementary and Secondary Education</a> will be reviewing the shrinking budget for New Orleans schools.</p><p>The board is meeting Tuesday to start talks about the Recovery School District.</p><p>The Lens is reporting that the RSD operating budget has plunged from $304 million in 2009-2010 to $20 million for next year.</p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 12:28:29 +0000 Eileen Fleming 63063 at What Will Come Of New Orleans' Empty, Damaged School Buildings? <p>In a recent story, / The Times-Picayune education reporter Danielle Dreilinger took a look at the many<a href=""> empty buildings and vacant lots still owned by the Orleans Parish School Board</a>. Hurricane Katrina and the subsequent floods damaged many school properties, though some sat vacant and rotting long before the storm.</p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 12:35:00 +0000 Eve Troeh 62749 at New Orleans Closes Its Last Traditional Schools Last week, the New Orleans school district became the first all-charter district in the country. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Sarah Carr, a reporter who's been following the city's changing schools. Sun, 01 Jun 2014 11:46:00 +0000 Rachel Martin & Sarah Carr 61790 at Sci High Mascot Comes Out Of Her Shell <p>New Orleans restructured its schools system after Hurricane Katrina. That’s meant rebuilding a sense of community and school spirit through new traditions. One young woman dedicated her efforts to create a legacy by becoming her high school’s first student mascot.</p> Fri, 23 May 2014 21:45:00 +0000 Tyler Gillespie 61265 at Student Essays Reveal Insights On Discipline, School Staffing <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As the school year ends, education writer Sarah Carr sought a different approach to perspectives on schools.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">She asked the students themselves to write opinion pieces on controversial topics: Discipline in schools, Teach for America teachers versus veteran educators, whether all students should go to a four-year college, and school desegregation.</span></p> Wed, 21 May 2014 13:45:15 +0000 Eve Troeh & Sarah Carr 61107 at Behind The Test: Louisiana Grapples With How To 'Test' Its Youngest Learners <p>As the stakes grow higher for standardized tests, so too does the desire to test more students — including younger and younger ones. WWNO wraps up its series "Behind the Test."</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The three-year-olds at Kids of Excellence child care center learn largely through play. Kristi Givens, the center’s director, tries to make sure they are ready for big school by the time they leave.</span></p> Fri, 16 May 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Sarah Carr 60761 at At A New Orleans High School, Marching Band Is A Lifeline For Kids <em>Editor's Note: This is a story about a high school band. It is a story that demands to be heard, even more so than read. Please click on the audio player, above, to listen. Audio will be available around 6:30 p.m. EDT.</em><p>Next week, in New Orleans, 240 students will graduate from Edna Karr High School, including 16 members of the marching band. The band is considered a rising star in a city that treasures music. To play in Edna Karr High School's band is to be somebody, at least within the hallways of the school. Thu, 15 May 2014 20:05:00 +0000 Keith O'Brien 60790 at Behind The Test: Schools Turn To Social Workers, Relaxation Techniques To Deal With LEAP Test Strain <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">WWNO&nbsp;continues its series "Behind the Test" with a look at standardized testing through the lens of test anxiety. In the weeks leading up to the LEAP test, teachers do a lot to prepare students: drilling them on crucial skills, giving out practice tests, even holding pep rallies to boost confidence. But what about preparing students to cope with test-related anxiety?</span></p> Thu, 15 May 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Mallory Falk 60619 at