education

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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Education
5:42 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

On Second Thought, La. Tenure Changes Tossed

A state judge has thrown out rules passed last session tying teacher tenure and pay to classroom performance. Monday's decision is a turnaround from the same judge’s previous ruling.

In December, Judge Michael Caldwell threw out parts of what’s been called the “Teacher Tenure Act,” – parts that didn’t directly address teacher tenure, but made rules for school boards, visiting teachers, superintendents and principals.

That day, the governor touted the ruling as a success because it kept his tenure overhauls. Now the judge is saying the whole thing has to go. 

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Education
5:29 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Judge Throws Out Jindal's Teacher Tenure Revamp

A Baton Rouge judge has thrown out Gov. Bobby Jindal's revamp of teacher tenure laws as unconstitutional because it was contained in legislation with too many other items.

Judge Michael Caldwell previously had thrown out parts of the education law that limited the authority of local school boards. But he had upheld the provision that made it harder for teachers to reach the job protection status of tenure.

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Andre Perry Commentary
4:49 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Looking Beyond Test Scores to Community

You have got to see this handsome, new public elementary school located in New Orleans. We could easily walk to this inclusive building as most children who live near the school do.

In this neighborhood, the question of will you send your child to a public school isn’t analogous to Abraham's willingness to sacrifice Isaac. The neighborhood chooses to walk to school together.

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Education
2:36 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Early High School Graduation Program Abandoned

Plans to create a statewide program that would give college tuition grants to Louisiana students who graduate early from high school have been scrapped.

The scholarship program was approved by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education last year in the state's education financing formula, with expectations it would begin in the 2013-14 school year.

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The Southern Education Desk
9:41 am
Thu February 28, 2013

When And Why School Districts Re-Segregate

Since the 1970s, federal court orders have governed how many Southern communities integrated their public schools. But new research shows, as those orders have been lifted, school districts are gradually re-segregating.


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The Southern Education Desk
9:55 am
Wed February 27, 2013

“Bring Back The White Kids”: A Fight To Integrate In Rural Mississippi

In Coldwater, MS, the student body was divided after the construction of a new school. That has sparked debate over whether separate can be equal.


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The Southern Education Desk
6:52 am
Tue February 26, 2013

'Segregation Academies': Past and Definitely Present

Originally published on Tue February 26, 2013 9:27 am

The history of education in the South is woven to the history of race. When whites saw public-school integration coming, many started private schools, sometimes called "segregation academies" – and they still play a role.


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Andre Perry Commentary
4:50 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Public Education Needs Xavier Prep

In an era of school takeover, the response of Xavier Preparatory Academy’s closing reminds us why we still need our historically black institutions. Education should strive to form literate, cultural communities that realize self-reliance. This is true in general, but this is particularly true when educating the descendants of the formerly enslaved. Xavier Prep, St. Augustine High School, Dillard and Xavier Universities as well as SUNO remain some of the few places that promulgate the black middle class in both word and in deed.

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