schools

Chas Sisk / WPLN

What should school children be taught about Islam? In Southern states such as Florida and North Carolina, parents claim students are being “indoctrinated” with a sanitized version of the Muslim faith. One of the fiercest fights so far is going on right now in Tennessee, possibly revealing the playbook for future battles.

Usama Dakdok, a traveling speaker, addressed an overflow crowd of about 300 people recently at the Christian Life First Assembly of God in the small Middle Tennessee town of Sparta.

Dan Carsen

Teaching subjects that trigger strong emotions and political divides is challenging. In the South, many of those fault-lines -- racial, religious and otherwise -- are intimately tied to its history. This week the Southern Education Desk is exploring how teachers tackle tough topics.

Courtesy

Think back on how you first learned about Thanksgiving. You might have been told the Native Americans and Pilgrims came together in peace and everything was harmonious. Years later, you realized the story is more complicated. But what if you learned the full story from the start?

Robert Warren

In the past ten years, New Orleans has become known nationwide for education reform through charter schools. It's also earned a reputation as a hub for entrepreneurship. Those two worlds are coming together.

Mallory Falk / WWNO

Political Action Committees have formed. Millions of dollars are pouring in. This isn't a national race we're talking about. It's the Louisiana state school board election.

Last spring, students across Louisiana took a new standardized test called PARCC — also known as the Common Core test. Now the state has released preliminary test scores.

Mallory Falk / WWNO

When a new charter school opens, the school leaders have lots of responsibilities. Hiring the right team. Recruiting students. And, in some cases, finding a permanent home.

Recently, Encore Academy became the first charter school in New Orleans to buy, renovate and move into its own building: the former John A. Shaw Elementary in the St. Roch neighborhood.

Dan Carsen / WBHM

Across the South, college football is in full swing. But football is just one of dozens of NCAA sports. In any season, student-athletes are pushing themselves on the field and in class. They get scholarships and generate billions of dollars. But they also struggle with their studies on top of what's really a demanding, full-time job.

In Part One of the Southern Education Desk series "All In The Game," WBHM-Birmingham's Dan Carsen looks at tensions between sports and academics, through the eyes of the athletes themselves.

dhendrix73 / Flickr

WWNO is launching a new segment looking at Jefferson Parish schools. We'll check in regularly with reporter Jessica Williams, who covers Jefferson Parish and state education policy for NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune.

First up, Williams talks about the big stories she'll follow this school year, including several leadership changes.

The "official" Hurricane Katrina bus tour is a big tourist attraction in New Orleans. But another kind of storm tour recently took off — more of a Katrina "reality" tour, documenting the last decade of the New Orleans school system.

Pages