Prep Football
2:37 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Public and Selection-Admission High Schools Butt Heads Over Football Playoff Split

Originally published on Tue March 5, 2013 5:50 pm

Members of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association met Tuesday with lawmakers to discuss the recent vote to split high school football playoffs into two separate divisions; one for public schools and another for select-admission schools, such as private or parochial schools.

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The Southern Education Desk
9:55 am
Wed February 27, 2013

“Bring Back The White Kids”: A Fight To Integrate In Rural Mississippi

In Coldwater, MS, the student body was divided after the construction of a new school. That has sparked debate over whether separate can be equal.

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Andre Perry Commentary
4:50 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Public Education Needs Xavier Prep

In an era of school takeover, the response of Xavier Preparatory Academy’s closing reminds us why we still need our historically black institutions. Education should strive to form literate, cultural communities that realize self-reliance. This is true in general, but this is particularly true when educating the descendants of the formerly enslaved. Xavier Prep, St. Augustine High School, Dillard and Xavier Universities as well as SUNO remain some of the few places that promulgate the black middle class in both word and in deed.

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2:26 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Growing Doubts About For-Profit Public School Management

For-profit public school management is on the decline across the country. In 2007 about half of charter schools that entered into management contracts did so with a for-profit company. Three years later, that number fell by 25 percent. In New Orleans, all of the for-profits that came in to manage charters after Hurricane Katrina are now gone. Opposition to for-profit public schools in Mississippi is growing fierce.

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10:37 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Lawmaker Looking for Suggestions on School Safety

A state lawmaker who heads the House homeland security committee is seeking ideas from educators and parents about ways to improve school safety.

Covington Rep. John Schroder has set up a special email address to solicit comments. He's asking people to send their ideas to

Schroder's committee held an earlier hearing to get suggestions from state education leaders and law enforcement officials about how to strengthen school security.

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Arts & Culture
11:29 am
Tue February 19, 2013

Bossier Parish High School Play Confronts Bullying, Teen Suicide

Bossier’s Talented Arts Program will present a one-act play this week about the stresses that teenagers face in high school. The play “The Way It Is” explores issues like bullying and teenage suicide.

Benton High School junior Morgann Hutchinson plays a character who copes with helicopter parents. They’re overbearing and push her to the brink.

“This one hits home for me, and it’s probably one of my favorite high school productions," Hutchison said. "I really don’t ever get to act with real passion and emotion behind it where I can actually connect with my character.”

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Prep Football
1:01 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Long-Time HS Football Coach: 'Playoff Split Changes What LHSAA Is All About'

Originally published on Tue February 19, 2013 10:04 am

At the end of January, the Louisiana High School Athletic Association voted to separate high school football playoffs into two divisions: one for select admission schools – such as private and parochial schools – and another for non-select public schools. 

Baton Rouge Catholic High School Head Football Coach Dale Weiner is a graduate of Baton Rouge High and has been coaching high school football in Louisiana for 38 years. Although most of his career has been spent at private and parochial schools, he was an assistant coach for two years at a public school.

Weiner said he never conceived the association would take a step like this.

“This kind of came out of left field for me and so, you know, I was a little shocked at the outcome and am disappointed in it," said Weiner.

Weiner says the move essentially changes what LHSAA is all about.

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4:30 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

First Legislative Bills Take Up Gun Regulations

Originally published on Wed January 30, 2013 5:18 pm

Legislators have begun filing their bills for the upcoming session. The first three take up gun regulation.

Because this is an odd-numbered year, legislators will concentrate on tax and appropriation bills. But each legislator is allowed to file five bills on other topics. Gun regulation is likely to be a recurring theme.
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8:24 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

State Department of Education: Teacher Loss Rate Steady

Louisiana education officials say the overall rate at which teachers are leaving public schools in the state has been steady, despite a recent sharp increase in retirements reported by the state's teacher retirement system.

Those figures showed the number of teachers retiring increasing to 3,295 in the year that ended June 30, compared to 2,598 the previous year.

The Department of Education analysis released Monday shows the overall rate of teachers leaving their jobs — for retirement, promotion or other reasons — has held steady at around 12 percent.

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8:00 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

BESE Agrees To Do Away With Some School Mandates

The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has agreed to shrink the number of mandates required of local school districts, despite concerns it would let school districts eliminate school counselors and librarians to cut costs.

Superintendent of Education John White proposed changes to 150 different sections of policies governing school systems. That included getting rid of the statewide school calendar and changing physical education standards to allow credit for extracurricular activities like cheerleading and participation in marching band.

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