education

12:48 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

‘This American Life’ Looks at a High School Marooned in Violence

Lead in text: 
The New York Times' David Carr has a look at two upcoming episodes of "This American Life" which focus on the trials and tribulations of a violence-plagued neighborhood in Chicago, and how it affects the students, staff and teachers of Harper High School. The first episode airs this Saturday at 1 p.m. on 89.9 WWNO.
One of the discussions that comes up every time there is a mass shooting at a suburban school or a movie theater is how underreported other, equally disturbing killings are - like the ones at urban high schools and in city neighborhoods.
Education
4:12 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

EBR Schools Official: Teacher Evaluations Difficult, But Necessary

Originally published on Wed February 6, 2013 5:46 pm

Compass -- the evaluation system being rolled out in public schools across the state -- has raised the stakes. Teachers who don’t score highly effective under the new measures face the loss of salary and tenure. Ineffective teachers could lose their jobs.

The state Department of Education says so far attrition has remained steady, but the East Baton Rouge Parish School District is still wary of turnover. Beanka Williams, the coordinator of support programs for EBR, says the district is having job fairs monthly to make sure schools are fully staffed.

Williams has also been fielding questions from anxious teachers since last summer when they were first asked to set goals for what their students would learn this year.

 


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Higher Education
7:00 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Tulane Offering One-Day Workshop for Girls To Study Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

Tulane encouraging girls to study sciences.

Tulane University is reaching out to girls attending middle school with an opportunity to focus on science, technology, engineering and math. Organizers hope a one-day workshop will pique their interest in subjects that have historically attracted more boys than girls.

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Andre Perry Commentary
4:45 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Education Thirty Years From Now (Super Bowl LXXVII)

Andre Perry, Ph.D.

Remember when football was king. Governments and their fanatical residents used to invest so much time and money just for a chance to say, “See, I won a championship. I live in the best city.” When you look back, you have to ask, “What were we thinking?”

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Education
8:24 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

State Department of Education: Teacher Loss Rate Steady

Louisiana education officials say the overall rate at which teachers are leaving public schools in the state has been steady, despite a recent sharp increase in retirements reported by the state's teacher retirement system.

Those figures showed the number of teachers retiring increasing to 3,295 in the year that ended June 30, compared to 2,598 the previous year.

The Department of Education analysis released Monday shows the overall rate of teachers leaving their jobs — for retirement, promotion or other reasons — has held steady at around 12 percent.

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Education
8:00 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

BESE Agrees To Do Away With Some School Mandates

The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has agreed to shrink the number of mandates required of local school districts, despite concerns it would let school districts eliminate school counselors and librarians to cut costs.

Superintendent of Education John White proposed changes to 150 different sections of policies governing school systems. That included getting rid of the statewide school calendar and changing physical education standards to allow credit for extracurricular activities like cheerleading and participation in marching band.

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Andre Perry Commentary
4:50 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

What Are You Learning During Mardi Gras?

Dr. Andre Perry

Mardi Gras season is upon us, which means there are more days that our children are not in school. Between Mardi Gras, Christmas, summer, fall and spring breaks, in-services and professional development days as well as inevitable storms, when are kids in school? Hard rain on the first day of school — cancel it. Have a winning football season — we’ll take off for that too. Absences due to New Orleans’ traditions combined with the archaic custom of an agrarian school calendar are self-imposed barriers to educational progress.

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Education
12:00 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Rate of Louisiana Teachers Retiring Spikes

The number of teachers retiring jumped more than 25 percent as the administration of Gov. Bobby Jindal pushed an overhaul of public education that changes the rules on how teachers are evaluated. That's according to the Teachers Retirement System of Louisiana.

The Advocate reports the number of retirements from public kindergarten through 12th-grade schools has hovered around 2,500 in recent years: 2,598 for the 2011 fiscal year; 2,512 during the previous fiscal year.

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Education
1:49 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Tweaks Planned for Teacher Evaluation System

Louisiana's Board of Elementary and Secondary Education is expected to approve modest changes to the state's method for evaluating public school teachers, after a board committee backed the ideas.

The changes were recommended by Superintendent of Education John White, tweaking a system that links half a teacher's annual review to the growth in student performance on standardized tests.

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Terrebonne Parish Schools
4:00 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

DeHart Elected President of Terrebonne School Board

Roger Dale DeHart has been elected president of the Terrebonne Parish School Board.

The Courier reports that in voting this past week, board members also selected Richard "Dicky" Jackson to serve as vice president.

DeHart served as board vice president in 2012.

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