education

WRKF
4:45 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Push for School Vouchers is Tactical

Originally published on Fri July 12, 2013 3:58 pm

Louisiana lawmakers went out of their way to add a $46 million line item to the state budget to allow more students from under-performing public schools go to private school through the voucher program championed by Gov. Bobby Jindal

Both Wisconsin and Ohio have just pushed through major expansions of their voucher programs too. And both states -- like Louisiana -- are headed by Republican governors.

Sarah Carr, a writer for the Hechinger Report, says these governors are being strategic in their support of vouchers.

"It’s a way for them to make a name for themselves pursuing an education agenda that’s typically been embraced by conservatives and trying even to some extent to one-up each other in creating a bigger and bolder voucher program."

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Andre Perry Commentary
4:49 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

How To Leave New Orleans

Andre Perry, recording his last WWNO commentary.
Credit Janet Wilson / WWNO

Most of my academic life I’ve questioned how schools impact settlers’ integration into communities: How do people become members of society?  How do recalcitrant gatekeepers become welcoming neighbors? These questions have moved me literally and figuratively around the world. Nine years ago, those questions carried me to New Orleans and helped transform me into a New Orleanian. Until recently, I haven’t spent much time considering what full-fledged community members go through when they voluntarily leave their homes. That is until I decided to take a job in another state.

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WRKF
11:59 am
Wed June 19, 2013

Funding Formula, Legislative Process Focus Of Voucher Trial's First Day

The trial in the lawsuit from teacher unions and local school boards seeking to shutdown a statewide voucher program began Wednesday.

A state judge heard more than eight hours of complex testimony in 19th District Court.

 


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WRKF
6:23 am
Wed June 19, 2013

Some Funds Slated For Districts To Go To 'Course Choice'

Originally published on Wed June 19, 2013 2:08 pm

The state's top school board has approved $2 million in financing to pay for students to take individual classes elsewhere if their public school is underperforming or doesn't offer a course they want.

The money for the "Course Choice" program will be drawn from a state education trust fund stemming from an old oil drilling settlement, including $1 million that had been slated for local districts.

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WRKF
4:29 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Board of Ed. To Consider Alternative Funding For 'Course Choice'

Originally published on Wed June 19, 2013 6:22 am

State Supt. John White wants to reallocate $2 million from a state education trust fund to pilot the “Course Choice” program. The program will let students take individual classes elsewhere if their public school is underperforming or doesn’t offer the course they want. The state’s top school board will consider the alternative funding request Tuesday.

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WRKF
5:52 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Seeds Planted For Chess Culture In Baton Rouge Schools

Originally published on Sat June 15, 2013 9:59 am

About 200 teachers from 42 schools in the East Baton Rouge Parish district have signed up for workshops this summer to learn how to start chess clubs and use the game in their classrooms. The first batch of teachers capped off their training with a mini tournament Thursday.


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Community
11:59 am
Fri June 7, 2013

'Plessy Day' Commemorates New Orleans Civil Rights Landmark

A marker for the site of Homer Plessy's arrest, at the intersection of Press Street and Royal Street.
Wiki Commons

On Friday NOCCA, the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, celebrates with music, guest speakers, a second line and more. The occasion? Plessy Day.

That name should bring to mind history class, and the landmark 1890s Supreme Court case Plessy versus Ferguson, in which the court upheld racial segregation and "separate but equal" as a legal standard.

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Education
4:59 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

School Closings Continue Drumbeat Of Constant Change For Families, Educators

Tinya Thompson, instructional coach at Abramson, holds the Abramson wildcat in its coffin. The school has closed permanently, due to a geographic consolidation.

As New Orleans students start their summer break, some are leaving their schools behind for good. Four Orleans Parish schools closed their doors permanently, and education reporter Jessica Williams over at The Lens covers the impact on students, parents and educators.

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WRKF
5:32 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Career Diploma Given Short Shrift

Originally published on Thu June 6, 2013 7:40 am

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.

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.


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Education
1:30 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Young Audiences Opening Its First Charter School

Roscoe Reddix uses art in classroom instruction.
Credit Young Audiences

There are art programs in schools. And there are schools devoted solely to art. A new charter school in Jefferson Parish is getting ready for a unique approach to education that uses art in traditional subjects.

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