education

WRKF
6:01 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Appropriations Committee Frowns on BESE Transparency

Originally published on Tue April 2, 2013 8:07 pm

The House Appropriations Committee is questioning the number and necessity of contracts that the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education maintains with private entities.

At a committee meeting Tuesday Chairman Jim Fannin told BESE President Chas Roemer that contracts should be reviewed more often, so that the board can ensure the funds are being spent wisely.
 
BESE cut costs last year by reducing the number of meetings from ten to seven a year, which gave them less time to review contracts.
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WRKF
11:52 am
Mon March 25, 2013

Interviews: LA Department of Revenue, Political Blogger C.B. Forgotston

Originally published on Tue March 26, 2013 10:06 am

Jim talks with Doug Baker, of the state Department of Revenue on the show, who explains more about Governor Jindal's proposed tax reforms plan.

Government watchdog and blogger C.B. Forgotston (cbforgotston.com) talks about the tax swap plan and the coming Legislative session, which starts in two weeks.

Joni Leggio, with the LA Education Loan Authority, discusses how students can access federal student loan aid...and a new scholarship competition.

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Southern Education Desk
6:17 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Pre-K: Politics and Poverty

Originally published on Sun March 24, 2013 6:32 pm

In his State of the Union address, President Obama called for universal pre-K.

The President singled out Georgia and Oklahoma as states that have already made pre-K a priority.

Louisiana should also be ahead of the curve.

The state enacted a universal pre-K promise in 2008. Beginning with the 2013-2014 school year, LA-4 classes are supposed to be provided at no cost to every eligible child.


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Southern Education Desk
6:27 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Pre-K Access: Good Program, Few Spots

Originally published on Fri March 22, 2013 11:21 am

When it comes to enrollment rates, neither the South nor the U.S. is anywhere near “universal Pre-K.” Only eight states provide it to more than half their four-year-olds. Georgia is one of them. Louisiana enacted legislation in 2008 promising to provide pre-K to every eligible child through the state-run LA-4 program starting with the 2013-14 school year.

Alabama's state-funded pre-K program has been recognized as one of the country's best. But as the Southern Education Desk's Dan Carsen reports, just six percent of eligible kids are enrolled.


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Southern Education Desk
9:06 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Vouchers Threaten Public School's Turnaround

Originally published on Tue March 19, 2013 6:02 pm

The state Supreme Court hears arguments Tuesday in a case against the statewide school voucher program.

At issue is whether private school tuition can be paid for with the funds that would otherwise go to struggling public schools.

At Hosanna Christian Academy, the tuition is being used in the battle to bring voucher students up to grade level. Hosanna's intervention strategies were inspired by the turnaround efforts at public Winbourne Elementary.

 


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Education
4:58 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Voucher Program Transforms Christian School

Originally published on Thu May 9, 2013 3:02 pm

Tuesday, the state Supreme Court will hear arguments in a suit from local school boards and teachers unions wanting Louisiana's school voucher program thrown out.

The legal challenges came almost as soon as the program was passed last year as part of Gov. Bobby Jindal's education overhaul.

Despite that, Hosanna Christian Academy in Baton Rouge went all in.

The school took on almost 300 voucher students, nearly doubling its enrollment. And Hosanna is doing everything it can to make sure all those students can perform at grade level.


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Schools
2:40 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

New Funds Direction Generates Educational Grants

Originally published on Fri March 15, 2013 8:11 am

Federal funds dedicated to the turnaround of struggling Louisiana public schools have been repurposed.

The state Department of Education is using $5 million to issue grants to conceive new schools and allow high-performing schools to take on more students.

Almost 200,000 students are attending schools rated D or F. State Supt. John White said traditional public school systems that have been getting turnaround money are not drawing down that number.

“The pace of change has just not been fast enough for us not to consider a new path,” White said.  

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WRKF
12:03 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Interviews: Education Expert Diane Ravitch, Actress Debbie Allen, B.R. Ballet's Molly Buchmann

Originally published on Fri April 12, 2013 1:56 pm

Jim chats with education historian and former Assistant Secretary of Education Diane Ravitch talks about education reforms in Louisiana and recent court rulings against their constitutionality.

Actress, dancer, choreographer, producer & director Debbie Allen visits to talk about her annual  Debbie Allen Dance Academy performance here in Baton Rouge; a tribute to former Arts Council of GBR director Derek Gordon, who passed away last year.

Baton Rouge Ballet Artistic Director Molly Buchmann talks about the annual Spring Concert and other upcoming events.


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Higher Education
8:31 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Agency Works to Get More College-Bound Louisianans to Apply for Federal Aid

Louisiana has a dismal track record in the number of college-bound students who fill out the free application for federal student aid or FAFSA. A Louisiana nonprofit aims to change that. Employees of the Louisiana Education Loan Authority or LELA have done dozens of FAFSA workshops at high schools across the state in recent weeks. LELA's assistant vice president of marketing, Joni Leggio, said the FAFSA priority deadline at many colleges is April 1, and now is the right time to complete the form.

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All Things New Orleans
12:46 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Meet Adam Norris, UNO's Director of Public Relations

The University of New Orleans.
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Public institutions of higher learning in Louisiana have been facing many physical and financial challenges in recent years.

However, an innovation at the University of New Orleans attempts to attract and support highly qualified students whose fields of study will benefit both the institution and the city. Jack Hopke spoke about these initiatives with Adam Norris, UNO's Director of Public Relations.

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