education

Louisiana Test Scores
11:42 am
Thu May 24, 2012

Two Percent Hike in Students Reaching 'Basic' Level

State education officials say the percentage of Louisiana public school students reaching "basic" achievement levels on standardized tests grew from 66 percent to 68 percent this year. Statewide, improvement was noted at almost every grade level and every subject.

New Orleans: Six Years After
8:23 pm
Tue May 22, 2012

Charter Schools and the Recovery School District

In New Orleans, the city with the most public charter schools in the nation, individual charters’ standards of discipline can vary widely. Sharon Litwin investigates how the Recovery School District is dealing with challenges of equity in this new approach to public education.

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Andre Perry Commentary
5:00 pm
Fri May 18, 2012

Pomp and Circumstance

It’s that time of year when Edward Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1 is played to the delight of millions of graduates in high school and college. The selection of a march is appropriate given that students must face a certain rise in college tuition and an antagonistic job market. For good or for bad, the credentials of a high school diploma and college degree pave a one-lane bridge to economic and social independence.

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Louisiana Budget
11:33 am
Fri May 18, 2012

Conservative Lawmakers Fail to Block Budget Bill

BATON ROUGE, La. — A bloc of conservative Republicans in the House couldn't stall a budget bill that taps into one-time dollars to help piece together spending plans year after year.

The House voted 63-38 Thursday to send the bill to the Senate, raising questions about whether the coalition was fracturing and would be unable to hold together in negotiating a final version of next year's $25 billion operating budget with the Senate.

Orleans Schools
11:29 am
Fri May 18, 2012

Orleans School Board Names Interim Superintendent

The Orleans Parish School Board has appointed an interim superintendent.

Stan Smith served as the chief financial officer for the board since 2006. The board said Thursday that Smith will step in for Superintendent Darryl Kilbert, who officially retires June 30. 

Louisiana Budget
9:53 am
Mon May 14, 2012

La. Colleges Face Deep Cuts in House Budget

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's public colleges say they will be forced to make steep cuts next year if state senators agree to the version of the $25 billion budget passed by the House.

The governor's budget office says higher education would take cuts topping $200 million in the new fiscal year that begins July 1, under the House-approved budget.

Senators get their first look Monday at the House budget.

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Reports
6:00 am
Fri May 11, 2012

President Clinton Speaks to New Orleans High School Graduates

President Bill Clinton gave the keynote address to the 37 graduating seniors in the College Track Class of 2012.
Erin Krall

Former President Bill Clinton was the keynote speaker at the first New Orleans high school graduation ceremony for 37 students in an Urban League after-school education initiative. Special attention given during high school will continue throughout the students’ college years.

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Louisiana Budget
11:43 am
Thu May 10, 2012

House Plans to Debate $25B Budget for Next Year

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana House expects to spend much of the day Thursday debating next year's $25 billion budget.

The spending plans would pay for agency operating expenses and programs in the new fiscal year that begins July 1.

At issue among conservative lawmakers is how much one-time money they want to patch into the budget, versus how deeply they want to cut. On the chopping block and most vulnerable to further reductions are health care services and public college programs.

Orleans Schools Enrollment
11:10 am
Thu May 10, 2012

RSD: Most Orleans Students Get Their Top 3 Choices

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Education officials say most New Orleans students who took part in the state-run school system's new single application enrollment system were assigned to one of their top three school choices.

The Louisiana Recovery School District said Wednesday that 84 percent of applicants entering kindergarten or high school got one of their top three choices.

Education
9:59 am
Tue May 8, 2012

Jindal Signs Private School Tuition Tax Break

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. Bobby Jindal has signed into law a bill that creates a new tax break program that will give rebates for donations to voucher programs that allow students to attend private schools.

Jindal says it will give children in failing public schools more opportunities to get an improved education. He signed the measure Monday.

The tax break begins with the 2013-14 school year.

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