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5:10 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Bill To Boost Teacher Retirement Age Nearing Final Passage

The Senate backs a bill that would require public school teachers and most new state employees to wait 2 years longer to retire.
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Public school teachers and most new state employees would have to wait longer to retire, under a proposal that received the unanimous backing of the state Senate Wednesday.

Current law generally allows that non-hazardous employees in the Louisiana State Employees' Retirement System, the Teachers' Retirement System of Louisiana and the Louisiana School Employees' Retirement System can retire at age 60 with 5 years of service.

3:02 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Senate Committee Turns Down the MFP


The Senate Education Committee took testimony on the MFP Thursday, and ended up rejecting the formula for funding public schools.

The formula included $150-million in new spending: for a growing number of students, for career education and for kids with special needs. On a conference call following the committee meeting, state Superintendent John White said he’s not worried about students losing out, despite the formula being turned away. That’s because House Appropriations already added the extra money to HB 1, the next state budget.

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Latest News
4:09 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Tulane Report About Poverty And Education In New Orleans Defies Expectations

A new Cowen Institute report says that school performance scores have risen since Katrina, despite a rise in poverty during the same time period.
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Tulane University’s Cowen Institute released a report Wednesday about poverty and educational outcomes in New Orleans, with some unexpected results.

Eighty-four percent of students in New Orleans are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch, an indicator of poverty. And that number has grown by 9 percent since Katrina.

And yet, the average school performance score in New Orleans rose 41 percent during that same period.

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Community Impact
12:48 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Family Service Of Greater New Orleans Teaches Dads How To Parent

NOLA Dads students answer questions in a workbook to get conversation going.
Eve Abrams

Since 1896, Family Service of Greater New Orleans has offered an array of mental health counseling, psycho-educational and social service programs in the community, clients’ homes, and schools. It recently added a class called NOLA Dads to its long roster of services.

Lawrence is a father. A new father. He’s 22 years old, and his daughter, La’Naya, is one year old. He likes to tell her things.

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7:37 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Private Schools Losing Students Across Louisiana

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The Louisiana school voucher system, called the Louisiana Scholarship Program, is growing — | The Times-Picayune reports about 12,000 students applied to use vouchers next school year.

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3:02 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Kumbayah Moment: Teacher Termination Compromise

Although they didn’t actually “hold hands and sing Kumbayah”, there was a brief moment of peace and accord between the Jindal administration and teachers unions last week. After more than two years of name-calling, angst and lawsuits, they found common ground around a bill to modify the process for terminating tenured teachers who receive “ineffective” ratings.

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Latest News
4:07 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Charter School Group Charges Mostly Low-Income Parents For Kids' Detention

In the Algiers Charter School Association, Saturday detention costs parents $25.
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What would happen if parents had to pay a fee for a child's misbehavior in school? 

Parents in the Algiers Charter School Association pay $25 when their kids get Saturday detention.

Anna Brimmer’s seventh-grader got one when he cursed at school. Brimmer had to stay with her son at Saturday school and pay the $25 when it was over. She says she’s never heard of that.

But Algiers officials say paying for detention is common in other places. Jefferson Parish does it, but they charge families even more — $75.

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Latest News
3:46 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

OneApp Data Reveals The City's Most Popular Public Schools

McMain High School was one of the more popular choices in OneApp this year.
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New Orleans public schools have announced the results of OneApp, the city’s universal application process.

One App asks families to rank up to eight schools they’d like to attend. If you don’t get into your first choice, you get assigned to your second, and down the line. About 80 percent of kids were accepted to one of their top three schools.

The high-performing Benjamin Franklin Elementary, located Uptown, was the most desired elementary school. And Edna Karr High School in Algiers took the top spot for the most popular high school.

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Notes from New Orleans
5:00 am
Thu April 24, 2014

So Much Fun You'll Want To Go Back To School: Circus Arts At The International School Of Louisiana

Meret Riyhner, center, teaches children myriad acts for circus performance, including acrobatics.
Credit Thomas Walsh

It’s impossible to wager how many angry children have told their parents they’re running away to join the circus. Switzerland-native Meret Riyhner never had such a violent outburst with her parents, but she ended up in the circus anyway. Now, she’s the circus arts teacher at the International School of Louisiana located on Camp Street, and the subject of this week’s Notes from New Orleans.

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5:15 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Jazz In The Park Adds Something For (Congo) Kids

This year's lineup at Jazz in the Park.
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When Jazz in the Park gets underway this Thursday afternoon at Congo Square, the age span may skew a little younger than usual. For the first time, the weekly jazz concert series will feature an additional tier of programming aimed at local youngsters. It’s called Congo Kids.

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