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Education
2:21 am
Tue April 7, 2015

New Orleans Educator Dreams Of Teaching Tech To Beat The Streets

New Orleans educator Jonathan Johnson is founder and CEO of the Rooted School.
Jonathan Johnson

Originally published on Tue April 7, 2015 4:49 pm

Ten years after Hurricane Katrina, much has been rebuilt in New Orleans — including the public schools. But the current education system is radically different from the one that people who grew up in New Orleans remember. Virtually all students in the city now attend charter schools. Many of their teachers are both new to New Orleans and new to teaching.

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Education
11:19 am
Mon April 6, 2015

In New Orleans, The Scramble For The Right Fit

In New Orleans, advertisements for charter schools — and for the annual Schools Expo — appear on billboards and bus stops.
Mallory Falk WWNO

Originally published on Mon April 6, 2015 2:01 pm

It's a Saturday morning, and school marching bands are playing for a crowd. But they're not in a Mardi Gras parade. They're in the Superdome, where 120 schools are set up at long tables, putting their best faces forward and trying to recruit families.

One gives on-the-spot instrument lessons, another is showing off it's step team.

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Education
6:15 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

More Louisiana Public School Graduates Enrolling In College

Credit Sean Locke Photography / Shutterstock

The number of Louisiana students entering college has risen, according to new data from the State Department of Education.

More than 22,000 public school students across the state enrolled in two- and four-year colleges last fall. That's an all-time high, and an increase of six percent from the year before.

Looking at New Orleans alone, the increase in college-bound students was even higher — a 15 percent jump from the previous year.

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WRKF
3:01 am
Thu April 2, 2015

Taming TOPS

Originally published on Thu April 2, 2015 8:23 am

It happens every session: lawmakers, seeing the quarter of a billion dollar price tag on TOPS, look for ways to tweak the college scholarship program. This time, they might succeed.

“By establishing a ‘baseline’ tuition, future tuition increases will not be reflected in the state budget,” says Senate Finance committee chairman Jack Donahue, who is the author of Senate Bill 48. “This will allow the legislature to do a better job predicting the overall cost.

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KEDM
2:23 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Common Core: Blame Lies With Name?

A poll conducted by LSU finds that state residents largely oppose education standards that are called Common Core, but support the overall concept.  

Results showed that only 39 percent of respondents said they support Common Core.  

But LSU Public Policy Research Lab Director Dr. Michael Henderson says there was a significant difference when the question dropped the label. "When you ask about the same program, but take out the name, 67 percent support it," he said.

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WRKF
1:22 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Sex Ed in the Community, If Not Schools

Chasity Williams watches as a student practices proper condom usage on Feb. 28, 2015 at HAART.

Originally published on Wed April 15, 2015 4:00 pm

As state law restricts sexual education curriculum, and who can teach it in schools, community organizations are taking up the task.

Earlier this year, an HIV advocacy group in Baton Rouge launched a program called Fantastic Young Individuals. On March 31, the second session of FYI begins, with students learning the basics of reproductive health.

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Education
7:30 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Study Finds Some New Orleans Schools Tried To Screen And Exclude Students

School leaders respond to a new report about responses to competition. From left: Niloy Gangopadhyay, director of Success Preparatory Academy; Michelle Douglas, CEO of Edward Hynes Charter School; Patricia Perkins, principal of Morris Jeff Community School.
Credit Mallory Falk / WWNO

In New Orleans' public school system, schools compete for kids. They receive a certain amount of money per student, so there is incentive to recruit and retain as many as possible. A new study from the Education Research Alliance looks at how school leaders respond to competition.

Huriya Jabbar is a research associate with the Education Research Alliance. She interviewed more than 70 school leaders from 30 different schools — a mix of Recovery School District and Orleans Parish School Board, charter and direct run.

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Red River Radio
9:07 am
Thu March 26, 2015

Sci-Port in Shreveport grooms future scientists in Science Academy

Science Academy students prepare poster presentations as they wrap up this year's program and present what they learned about space.

For a decade, Sci-Port: Louisiana’s Science Center in Shreveport has hosted Science Academy, bussing dozens of elementary school students to the science museum for seven weeks. They get an extra boost of science and math skills, according to Sci-Port’s education coordinator Kim Solice.

“I think it’s a bonus for these students. These are students who I think have real interest in science, and they will continue that interest in their middle and high school years. Eventually, what we hope is it will become a career for them,” Solice said.

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Education
4:20 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

Voices Of Educators: Michael 'Quess?' Moore

Michael "Quess?" Moore brings his love of poetry into the classroom, and to the monthly New Orleans Youth Open Mic.
Credit Mallory Falk / WWNO

 

Michael "Quess?" Moore is an instructional coach at Martin Behrman Charter School. He helps teachers from all grade levels – kindergarten through eighth – develop lesson plans. Sometimes he co-leads the lessons, and sometimes he teaches them on his own. In the classroom, Moore draws on his experience as a spoken word artist.

Support for Voices of Educators and education reporting on WWNO comes from Entergy Corporation.

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WRKF
1:16 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

Turning Back the Clock on Common Core

Originally published on Tue March 24, 2015 5:03 am

Gov. Bobby Jindal is serious about getting rid of Common Core, as he made clear in announcing a package of legislation last week.

This is a plan that removes Common Core from Louisiana, and replaces it with "high-quality Louisiana standards,” the governor announced at a Wednesday press conference.

While no one questions his intent, some of Jindal’s former allies in the education reform movement have grave doubts about the methodology the governor wants to employ.

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