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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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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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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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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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.

3:20 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

BESE to Look at Changes for Evaluating Teachers

Louisiana's top school board is about to consider several changes in the state's new method for evaluating public school teachers. One of the changes includes making it easier for new teachers to land job security.

The Advocate reports the issue is one of several high-profile topics to be discussed when the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education meets on Tuesday and Wednesday.

4:00 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

School Counselors: White's Plan May Eliminate Jobs

Public school counselors say their education role would be radically diminished or even eliminated under a plan by state Superintendent of Education John White to give local districts more flexibility.

Under current rules, high schools are supposed to have one counselor for every 450 students.

White's proposal would eliminate that requirement.

The Advocate reports a committee of the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education will take up the issue on Tuesday.

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