education

Education
12:37 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Louisiana teachers brace for revamped job reviews

Louisiana's 60,000 public school teachers are about to face their first job evaluations under a new review system that continues to spark controversy and questions.

The overhaul stems from a 2010 law pushed by Gov. Bobby Jindal. It is supposed to improve teacher quality, in part by linking annual job reviews to student performance.

Classroom observations by principals and others, which have been used for years, have also been revamped.

The Advocate reports now teachers will face two-part job reviews that are causing some nervousness.

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Education
3:26 pm
Sun August 26, 2012

High school alumni unhappy with merger plan

A group of L.B. Landry High School alumni is taking the state to court over plans to merge the campus with another high school, O. Perry Walker.

The Times-Picayune reports the case could be the first test of a law that requires community input on any changes in the way state-controlled schools are governed.

Andre Perry Commentary
5:00 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

Break the Vow of Silence

A parochial school parent recently asked me if it’s too late to transfer their child to a voucher school. After going through the labyrinth of enrollment rules, I asked, “Why do you want to transfer?” The parent replied, “I don’t know if my daughter is learning.”
 

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Education
8:18 am
Thu August 16, 2012

Seattle education official becomes head of BESE

A Seattle education official has been name as executive director of Louisiana's top school board.

The Advocate reports Heather Cope, an official with the League of Education Voters, will be paid $125,000 per year as executive director of the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. BESE sets policies for about 700,000 public school students statewide.

The executive director is responsible for administrative and fiscal operations of the board office.

Andre Perry Commentary
4:55 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Bringing Voucher Schools to the Light

Louisiana didn’t become 41st in the nation on average ACT score because of public school performance alone. Public schools can’t take all the blame for why Louisiana keeps looking up at its peers on the National Assessment of Educational Progress. Particularly in New Orleans, where 30 percent of the students attend private and parochial schools, the quality of this sector is critical to our city’s vitality.

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Education
4:12 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Bard Early College High School Seeks Thinkers Not Numbers

Professor Dedra Johnson teaches Bard's First-Year Seminar course.
Craig Mulcahy

College and high school classes are different. And, surprisingly, what many high schools do in the interest of college prep is out of step with what liberal arts colleges actually want.

In New Orleans, where our successful future depends upon thinkers who can unravel complex problems, there’s one school actively selecting students based on their curiosity and drive, rather than their grades and test scores.  Eve Abrams steps inside the admissions process at Bard Early College in New Orleans.

Education
12:57 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

Terrebonne school board drops pay raise for superintendent

The Terrebonne Parish School Board has dropped a proposal to give Superintendent Philip Martin a pay raise.

The Courier reports Board President L.P. Bordelon said Martin asked the board to pull the motion Tuesday night.

The school board's executive committee had recommended increasing Martin's base salary from $134,500 to $155,000. No board member made a motion to adopt that recommendation, so the proposal failed without coming to a vote.

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Delhi Charter School
11:29 am
Wed August 8, 2012

ACLU: school lawyer looking at pregnancy policy

MONROE — A northeast Louisiana charter school that prevents pregnant female students from attending school and can force them to take a pregnancy test to continue attending school if administrators "suspect" a pregnancy has drawn the attention of the American Civil Liberties Union.

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Education
12:43 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

'Unacceptable' schools list swells from last year

Education officials say the number of public schools facing state sanctions rose by 33 percent this year amid tougher state standards.

Barry Landry, a spokesman for the state Department of Education, tells The Advocate a total of 180 schools are listed as academically unacceptable, up from 135 last year.

The list represents 13 percent of public schools statewide.

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School Voucher Program
3:39 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

Voucher schools include some teaching creationism

Taxpayer dollars in Louisiana's new voucher program will be paying to send children to schools that teach creationism and question evolution, challenging the lessons central to public school science classrooms.

Several religious schools that will be educating taxpayer-subsidized students tout their creationist views. Some schools question whether the universe is more than a few thousand years old, openly defying reams of scientific evidence to the contrary.

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