education

WRKF
5:53 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Senators Reject Delay of Teacher Evaluation, School Grading Changes

Attempts to slow down parts of a public education overhaul have been quashed.

The Senate Education Committee opted Thursday not to take action on a bill that would have put off changes to the school grading system that take ACT results into account.

Rep. Kenny Havard, who authored the bill, said using the college entrance exam in performance score calculations will penalize schools where career-bound students opt not to prepare for or take the test. Schools graded a “C” or worse by the state can lose students and resources.

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Education
1:58 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

State Appeals Court Panel Hearing Post-Katrina School Firings Case

A five-judge state appeal court panel must decide whether to uphold a ruling that thousands of New Orleans public school employees were wrongfully fired after Hurricane Katrina shut down the city and its schools in 2005.

A lawyer for the fired workers told the 4th Circuit Court of Appeal panel Thursday that the Orleans Parish School Board and the state violated the rights of teachers and school workers fired after the storm. She urged the panel to uphold last year's ruling by Judge Ethel Simms Julien.

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WRKF
11:36 am
Sat May 25, 2013

Course Choice Scaled Back After Court Ruling

State Superintendent John White wants to scrape the Department of Education's administrative budget to pay for public school students to take individual courses from private providers.

The Course Choice program had been included in the formula that supports public schools. But the same state Supreme Court ruling that shuttled the planned financing for vouchers, said those funds couldn't go to the new classes either.

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WRKF
8:57 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Dust Settled, Lawmakers More Measured on Education Reforms

Originally published on Wed July 24, 2013 4:24 pm

Earlier this month, Louisiana's Supreme Court ruled that the way the state's private school voucher program was paid for was unconstitutional. It can't be paid for through the Minimum Foundation Formula, or MFP -- the pool of money that supports public education.

Rep. Kirk Talbot, a Republican from New Orleans who voted in favor of the education overhaul Gov. Bobby Jindal pushed hard for last year, says the missteps in the funding of the voucher program gave some in the legislature, " a little bit of heartburn."

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WRKF
8:36 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Frugal State House Committee Backs Education Spending

Originally published on Fri May 24, 2013 6:33 am

The House Appropriations Committee Wednesday approved $60 million in capital spending for the state’s technical colleges over the next five years — despite the state’s tight purse-strings.

Chairman Jim Fannin insisted that investing in the technical college system will grow the economy and the tax base.

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Education
7:00 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Can Playtime Help Classtime? One Program Gets High Marks

Jazmyn Simmons, left, with fellow junior coaches Matthew Scott, center, and Gabriell Jackson at Arthur Ashe Charter School.
Playworks

Researchers at Stanford University say Playworks recess programs help children with classwork.

A new study from Stanford University shows a program being used during recess at six New Orleans elementary schools is enhancing the children’s education. About 2,200 students are now in the local Playworks project.

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WRKF
5:33 am
Wed May 22, 2013

La. Public School Funding Uncertain

Originally published on Thu May 23, 2013 8:34 am

Next year’s method for funding for public schools is a bit up in the air after the Senate Education Committee rejected the proposed formula from the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.

The formula, called the Minimum Foundation Program, or the MFP, was shot down last week because of a clerical error: BESE sent the legislature a draft of the MFP rather the final version.

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Education
3:24 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Charter School Group May Owe More Than $250K For Student Meals

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In a report over at The Lens today, Charter School Reporting Corps member Della Hasselle digs into a conflict between the state's Recovery School District and ReNEW Schools, a charter school group which oversees several Orleans Parish schools.

Hasselle and Steve Myers, Managing Editor of The Lens, came to WWNO to discuss the story.

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WRKF
9:32 am
Thu May 16, 2013

School Voucher Funding Up In The Air

Originally published on Fri May 17, 2013 3:32 am

Hundreds of parents, children, teachers and administrators rallied on the steps of the Capitol calling on lawmakers to find a new way to fund private school vouchers, chanting "You promised/ to put kids first."

The old way to fund vouchers was ruled unconstitutional by the State Supreme Court last week because it routed money through a formula -- called the MFP -- that is dedicated to public schools.

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WRKF
8:42 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Southeast School District In Baton Rouge Could Cost State

Originally published on Wed May 15, 2013 4:45 pm

 

A slice of East Baton Rouge Parish, south of I-12 and north of I-10, is a step closer to having its own school district.

 

The House Education Committee passed the set of bills needed to establish the breakaway district. Approval now falls to the Appropriations committee next to evaluate cost.

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