Terrebonne Parish Schools
4:00 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

DeHart Elected President of Terrebonne School Board

Roger Dale DeHart has been elected president of the Terrebonne Parish School Board.

The Courier reports that in voting this past week, board members also selected Richard "Dicky" Jackson to serve as vice president.

DeHart served as board vice president in 2012.

4:00 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

School Counselors: White's Plan May Eliminate Jobs

Public school counselors say their education role would be radically diminished or even eliminated under a plan by state Superintendent of Education John White to give local districts more flexibility.

Under current rules, high schools are supposed to have one counselor for every 450 students.

White's proposal would eliminate that requirement.

The Advocate reports a committee of the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education will take up the issue on Tuesday.

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12:00 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Teen Pleads to Sexual Assault at Baton Rouge School

A former Tara High School student has pleaded guilty in the February rape of a 14-year-old classmate in the school auditorium and was sentenced to nine years in prison.

The Advocate reports 18-year-old Quinton Adams and the victim were both special needs students at Tara at the time of the incident.

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2:00 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Skeleton Shifts Eliminated in Iberville Parish

Iberville Parish school system Central Office employees can no longer work "skeleton shifts" during holiday breaks. Superintendent Ed Cancienne told The Advocate Monday a recent Louisiana Attorney General's Office opinion said the longtime tradition violates state law. Cancienne said some 12-month employees in the district's Central Office received additional paid time off on designated work days during holiday breaks — like Thanksgiving and Christmas — through the use of minimally staffed shifts. School Board member Darlene Ourso asked for

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3:54 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Baton Rouge Woman Arrested for Terrorizing Students, Teacher

East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff's deputies have arrested a Baton Rouge woman accused of making threatening remarks, including referencing the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., to fifth-graders and a teacher after her child was bullied.

While she was checking her child into Magnolia Woods Elementary School Tuesday, sheriff's spokeswoman Casey Rayborn Hicks says Donna Wilson learned that her child was a victim of bullying on Monday.

Hicks says school officials told Wilson that they handled the incident and had counseled students about teasing the child.

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8:00 am
Sun January 6, 2013

Jindal Creates Task Force to Look at School Safety

Gov. Bobby Jindal is forming a 13-member study group to review safety standards at Louisiana schools and colleges, in the aftermath of the mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school.

Jindal issued an executive order Friday creating the group, which will be led by Col. Mike Edmonson, head of the Louisiana State Police, and Jimmy LeBlanc, secretary of the corrections department.

The governor is asking the group to assess current safety programs at public and private schools from prekindergarten through 12th grade and at colleges and universities around the state.

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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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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.

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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.

Hurricane Isaac
4:00 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

School board members recommend Isaac repairs

Tangipahoa Parish School Board members have recommended $220,000 in repairs to school buildings damaged by Hurricane Isaac.

The Advocate reports Loranger High School's gym and the main building at Chesbrough Elementary in Kentwood both require new roofs, at projected costs of $145,000 and $74,000, respectively.

The repairs to Loranger High's gym roof will have to be approved by U.S. District Judge Ivan L.R. Lemelle, who oversees the parish's 47-year-old desegregation case. A standing order in the suit requires court approval for all non-priority repair costs over $125,000.

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