Education

Education news is a priority for WWNO 's expanding local news reporting — providing trusted news for parents, educators and community leaders. 

Support for education reporting on WWNO comes from: Baptist Community Ministries, Entergy, The Hechinger Report, and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

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Education
8:20 am
Fri September 26, 2014

New Handbook Lays Out Charter School Board Laws

A new guide to Louisiana charter school law came out on Friday. It's geared toward a specific group: charter school board members.

The legal handbook is a joint publication from Louisiana Appleseed and the Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools (LAPCS). It lays out the basics for charter school board members — everything from general responsibilities to legal obligations.

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Red River Radio
9:07 am
Tue September 23, 2014

BHP Billiton donates $540,000 to benefit Louisiana preschoolers

The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities or LEH will launch a preschool reading program in seven parishes thanks to a $540,000 grant awarded Monday by energy giant BHP Billiton.

More than 2,500 children and their parents will participate in the PRIME TIME Preschool Program starting in October, according to LEH’s interim president Miranda Restovic.

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Education
4:39 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

New Orleans Receives Planning Grant To Boost Arts Education

Credit Jason Devaun / Flickr

When schools make budget cuts, art class is usually one of the first things to go. But a new initiative could bring arts education back into New Orleans schools.

New Orleans is now the 16th city to participate in a national program aimed at boosting arts education. The Kennedy Center's Any Given Child program helps K-8 schools come up with long-term plans for arts instruction during the school day.

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Latest News
3:57 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

New Orleans Student Receives Nation's Top Honor For Young Poets

First Lady Michelle Obama hosts a poetry reading in honor of the 2014 National Student Poets (from left: Cameron Messinides, Madeleine LeCesne, Ashley Gong, Julia Falkner and Weston Clark) in the Blue Room of the White House.
White House

Michelle Obama has introduced the newest class of National Student Poets, including a student from New Orleans — Madeleine Lecesne, 18, of Lusher Charter School.

The five 15- to 18-year-old poets will promote the reading, writing and appreciation of poetry during a year of service as literary ambassadors, particularly among young people.

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WRKF
7:08 am
Thu September 18, 2014

High Tech Music Experiment Targets North Baton Rouge Elementary School

Ann Marie Awad WRKF News

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 10:08 am

A small group of students at Winbourne Elementary in North Baton Rouge, have been picked to be part of an experiment. The East Baton Rouge Parish School District is hoping that teaching the kids music will help them with reading and math. 


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Education, charter, teachers
5:30 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Urban Schools Change Their Vocabulary

The Albert Wicker School is now Success Preparatory Academy.
Credit Eve Abrams / WWNO

It used to be that most kids went to places called schools to get their education, and in those schools, kids were called students. But in recent years, the vocabulary around schooling — especially in urban areas, and especially when it comes to charter schools — is changing. In New Orleans, where all schools receiving public funding are now charters, we investigate what’s behind this new school language.

I started off with a little experiment. I asked a bunch of adults: where did you go to school?

“I went to Newton Elementary School, Newton High School.”

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Education
7:31 am
Tue September 16, 2014

School Funding Debate On Maintenance

After Katrina, FEMA pledged nearly $2 billion to rebuild New Orleans schools. But that doesn't cover maintenance and repairs. 

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Education
6:41 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Common Core Math Standards Add Up To Big Money For Education Companies

Credit atgeo Flickr

 

The politically controversial curriculum standards known as the Common Core have been in the headlines for months, in Louisiana and across the country. But for most teachers and educators the standards have been quietly transforming classroom instruction for years. And for textbook publishers and other vendors, the new standards add up to new business.

When thousands of math teachers descended on New Orleans earlier this year, two words proved more seductive than chocolate. Or sex. Or even quadratic equations.

Common Core.

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Education
9:31 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Q&A: One Student's Educational Saga In New Orleans

Whitman Wilcox V, 17, stands for a portrait on Aug. 15 at his home in New Orleans.
Edmund D. Fountain for NPR

Originally published on Tue September 9, 2014 7:21 pm

This year, NPR Ed is reporting on the dramatic changes in the New Orleans school system.

Whitman Wilcox V attended kindergarten through second grade at a neighborhood public school in the Lower 9th Ward. He had just started the third grade when Hurricane Katrina hit in August 2005. His family was forced to evacuate; he wound up at a Catholic school in Houston.

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Latest News
7:42 am
Tue September 9, 2014

New Orleans Job Program Aimed At Disadvantaged Residents

New Orleans is starting a program to help economically disadvantaged residents get work.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu unveiled the program yesterday.

It comes after a report last year by Loyola University that found more than half of working-age black men in the city were unemployed.

The New Orleans Advocate reports details are still being worked out, such as who will run the program and what its budget will be.

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