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.
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.
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.
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.