Originally published on Thu March 12, 2015 12:12 pm
Update at 6:13 p.m. ET
The search continues for an Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter that crashed late Tuesday night off the Florida coast. Seven Marines and four members of the Louisiana National Guard were on a routine nighttime training mission at Eglin Air Force Base.
Last week the state school board voted to close Lagniappe Academies after a report outlined special education violations at the Tremé charter school. On Monday night, families held a rally to fight that decision.
Harold Bailey Sr. was one of three parents and grandparents to speak out against the school closure. He says the state should get rid of the administrators but keep the school open.
"This isn't choice," he said. "We don't want this. And this is not what children need. They need stability."
The number of New Orleans public school students learning English rose dramatically this year — by 35 percent. That's because of an influx of unaccompanied minors from Central America. Now some schools will receive extra funds to support those students.
The Recovery School District announced Monday it is giving out more than $160,000 to support English Language Learners. Those funds are divided among 16 charter operators and will pay for supports like technology, teacher training, and translated materials.
Louisiana’s budget problems have many criticizing the tax incentives for the entertainment industry, which cost the state about $250-million last year. A legislative task force has been looking into ways to curb fraud in the film program. They met last week, to discuss the thrust of bills they may file in the upcoming legislative session.
“These are various common-sense measures that we think can be taken to perhaps make it a little bit less easy to steal from these programs,” Louisiana Inspector General Stephen Street said, as he prepared to give the panel suggestions based on his experiences investigating problems with the programs.
The National Education Association is meeting in New Orleans this weekend to help thousands of school workers who contribute to a child’s school experience. They include bus drivers, cafeteria workers, teaching assistants and others classified as Education Support Professionals.
Slate magazine recently reported on a survey by the group SmartAsset, listing the best cities for women working in the technology field.
Some of the surprising findings: Cities in Silicon Valley ranked far below some others with less well-known tech communities – including New Orleans. The survey ranked New Orleans number seven overall on the list of best American cities for women in tech.