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Tropical Storm Isaac
7:38 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Tropical Storm Isaac School Closings

Schools closed throughout the metro region, by parish.

This list is current as of the time and date at the top of this page. The list will be updated as more information becomes available.

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Tropical Storm Isaac
4:24 pm
Sun August 26, 2012

St .Charles Parish declares state of emergency

St. Charles Parish has declared a state of emergency due to the approach of Tropical Storm Isaac.

Parish President V.J. St. Pierre Jr. signed the order at 10:15 a.m., according to a press release from the parish, in advance of expected 105 mph winds, higher gusts, and storm surges between six and eight feet beginning Monday night and into Tuesday.

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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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Jefferson Parish Schools
12:06 pm
Sat July 21, 2012

Jefferson Parish to offer individual contracts to teachers

Jefferson Parish public schools Superintendent James Meza said he plans to offer teachers individual employment contracts while negotiations on a union contract continue.

The Times-Picayune reports the individual contracts are not intended to replace a collective bargaining agreement with the Jefferson Federation of Teachers.

However, Meza said they would protect rights and benefits of the system's more than 3,000 teachers until a union contract can be signed.

School Buses
12:44 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Nearly 200 New Orleans school bus drivers laid off

The school bus company that transports most public school students in New Orleans has laid off its drivers in a dispute over $7.2 million in unpaid bills.

Blaine Krage, a spokesman for Warrenville, Ill.-based Durham School Services, told The Times-Picayune Tuesday that the company has sent termination letters to 142 drivers and 55 bus monitors telling them "we will not need their services this upcoming school year."

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RSD Expulsions
3:07 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

RSD seeks to rein in expulsions from New Orleans schools

In a move to stop charter schools from expelling students too frequently, the state agency running most of New Orleans' public schools has issued new guidelines on what constitutes the kind of behavior that will get a student thrown out.

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Union Parish School Budget Cuts
3:05 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

Budget cuts planned for Union Parish schools

FARMERVILLE, La. — Union Parish Schools Superintendent George Cannon says the district is struggling financially for the current fiscal year after cuts planned for the past year apparently didn't happen.

Cannon said some of last year's planned $1.6 million in cuts were not carried out as planned.

Jefferson Parish Schools
12:38 pm
Sun July 15, 2012

$404M school budget proposed in Jefferson

Jefferson Parish school officials are proposing a $404 million budget for 2012-2013.

The Times-Picayune reports the proposal takes into account recent moves to close schools and cut staff to offset rising costs.

The board plans a public hearing on the budget July 25 at Alfred Bonnabel Magnet Academy High in Kenner.

The largest slice of the budget in in employee compensation for employees — more than $329 million.

School Vouchers
4:49 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Applications top 10,000 for school voucher program

The state education department has received more than 10,000 applications for Louisiana's statewide voucher program set to start in August that will use taxpayer money to send students to private and parochial schools.

Superintendent of Education John White announced the applicant numbers Wednesday.

As many as 2,000 of the applicants are in an existing New Orleans voucher program. The others will be vying for slots available to new students under the statewide program pushed by Gov. Bobby Jindal.

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Education
12:08 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

Interim school superintendent named in St. John

The St. John the Baptist Parish School Board has appointed Assistant Superintendent Herbert Smith to the position of interim superintendent.

The Times-Picayune reports (http://bit.ly/LCUuQ3) Smith will serve as the temporary replacement for Superintendent Courtney Millet, who announced last week that she would be retiring from her post at the end of this week.

Smith, whose appointment was approved unanimously at Monday's special meeting, has been an educator in the district for more than 40 years and assistant superintendent for about 13.

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