education

Andre Perry Commentary
3:41 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

The Cultural Wants & Desires of Gun Control

Dr. Andre Perry

Gun control, gun control, gun control.  In spite of this holiday season, I’ve heard the phrase “gun control” more than “peace on earth.” As an educator in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy, there would be few better presents for me than a national ban on assault weapons, body armor and high volume magazines. Yet I have to admit that while a national ban would be a tremendous political gift, I don’t see it as a watershed solution to our culture of violence. The discourse of gun control must quickly transition towards peace if we want substantive change.

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NolaVie
2:31 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

A Blue Dog Way to Reach Louisiana's Children

The George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts education center on Magazine Street.
NolaVie

Wander through the glass doors into the spacious heart of the tangerine building at 747 Magazine Street, and you’ll find a world of primary colors and creative shapes that speak to the child — and the artist  — in all of us.

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Andre Perry Commentary
4:52 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Educators Must Lead the Gun Control Debate

In the wake of the Newtown massacre, where are the school groups lobbying for new gun control laws? At best, the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association are defensively protecting schools, as if they are forts, from the encroachment of gun lobbyists and activists who want more guns in schools. Educators know that firearm-free zones, while not perfect, create the best learning environments. Schools and colleges can teach gun advocates that taking a stand doesn’t require a gun.

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Latest News
5:30 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Split Ruling Issued in Teacher Tenure Lawsuit

A judge has tossed out part of an education revamp pushed by Gov. Bobby Jindal as unconstitutional, but has upheld the centerpiece provisions that changed teacher tenure and salary laws.

Judge Michael Caldwell ruled Tuesday that the section of the legislation dealing with the authority of local school boards violated the state constitution because it didn't fit into the stated objective of the bill.

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Education
12:44 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Jefferson School Board to Vote on Redistricting Map

The Jefferson Parish School Board will adopt a redistricting map this week that will then be sent to the Department of Justice for approval.

After reviewing competing proposals from board members, school board president Mark Jacobs tells The Advocate a decision was made to hire an outside firm to help the board present a map that ensured all districts were within the legal requirements.

Glenn Koepp of Redistricting LLC was brought on to design and recommend a new map.

Latest News
3:47 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

West Monroe Student Accused of Threatening to Kill Others

A 15-year-old student has been arrested after allegedly saying he would kill others at West Monroe High School.

West Monroe police say the boy was arrested Sunday. They say there was no indication he had taken any steps toward carrying out the threat allegedly made Friday afternoon.

Ouachita Parish School Superintendent Bob Webber tells The News-Star the student will probably be recommended for expulsion.

Education
12:16 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Ruling Expected Tuesday in Teacher Tenure Lawsuit

A Baton Rouge district court judge says he'll announce his decision Tuesday on whether Gov. Bobby Jindal's revamp of teacher tenure and salary laws was passed in violation of the state constitution.

Judge Michael Caldwell heard arguments Monday. He told lawyers that he's "gone back and forth on this case" and hadn't yet reached a ruling.

The bill made changes to the powers of school boards, teacher hiring and firing rules, teacher pay scales, the duties of principals and the job protection status known as teacher tenure.

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9:40 am
Wed December 5, 2012

Judge Deals Setback To Louisiana’s Voucher Program

A New York Times story by Campbell Robertson examines a Federal judge's ruling that the state's financing of the new school voucher system is unconstitutional.
Judge Timothy Kelley of State District Court ruled that the way in which the state finances its new voucher program violates the state Constitution, as it relies on money intended in "plain and unambiguous" terms solely for public schools. In a statement, Governor Jindal called the decision "wrongheaded and a travesty for parents across Louisiana" and vowed to appeal.
Andre Perry Commentary
4:50 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

The Right Choice

Dr. Andre Perry

State Superintendent John White tweeted, “Amidst talk of legal questions I return to [a] moral question: do parents and children deserve options, no matter their wealth? [The] answer is clear.” Now that a judge ruled the voucher system unconstitutional, I return to a moral question: what should quality schools look like to a democratically elected government? I believe they should be diverse institutions dedicated to public interests.

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Education
11:41 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Future Of Cash-Strapped Historic Black Colleges

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CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Celeste Headlee. Michel Martin is away. Coming up, short-term jitters are leading many small investors to pull their money off of Wall Street. We're going to ask what that could mean for them and the market in the long run. That's just ahead.

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