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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8:04 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Former Education Chief Pastorek Returning To New Orleans

Former state education superintendent Paul Pastorek is returning to New Orleans.

He tells the Associated Press that he’s leaving his corporate job in Washington, DC, and will be working once again in education policy.

Pastorek says he’s establishing a company that will offer advice to those working in education.

He’s stepped down as the chief administrative officer of Airbus Group.

Education
7:30 am
Wed June 11, 2014

What Students Think About Common Core

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This school year, teachers around the country changed their curricula to meet the new Common Core standards, a national set of standards mapping out what students should learn in math and English language arts.

Math teachers covered fewer topics in greater depth. English teachers cut back on fiction and assigned more supplemental readings — articles and essays that gave more context to, and offered up opinions about, classic works of literature.

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Latest News
7:46 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Common Core Debate Heads to Governor Jindal

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With lawmakers refusing to scrap the Common Core, the fight over Louisiana's use of the education standards is shifting to Gov. Bobby Jindal.

Opponents of the standards are pressuring Jindal to take some sort of executive action to remove the state from the Common Core and its standardized testing.

The Republican governor, a one-time supporter of the standards now turned critic, has said he's studying his legal options, but whether he can or will do anything remains unclear.

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Community
7:46 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Orleans Public Education Network Helps Bring A Born Learning Trail To New Orleans

Sean plays hopscotch on the Born Learning Trail
Eve Abrams

Orleans Public Education Network, OPEN, is committed to ensuring public engagement as a central element to building excellent public schools. Created in 2007, OPEN exists to serve as a catalyst and conduit for broad and diverse community engagement by facilitating more collaboration between community members, stakeholders, and policy makers.

Cyndi Nguyen and her son Sean are walking along the Borne Learning Trail in the Michoud Community in New Orleans East. 

“What shape is this?  Is this a rectangle?” Cyndi asks Sean.

“A diamond,” Sean answers.

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Education
6:46 am
Sun June 1, 2014

New Orleans Closes Its Last Traditional Schools

Originally published on Sun June 1, 2014 1:43 pm

Last week, the New Orleans school district became the first all-charter district in the country. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Sarah Carr, a reporter who's been following the city's changing schools.

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4:46 am
Thu May 29, 2014

EBR School District Revamp Back to the Drawing Board

Originally published on Fri May 30, 2014 1:37 am

The state House has rejected a proposal to restructure the East baton Rouge Parish School District. 

In making his closing argument for the bill in the House, Rep. Steve Carter rattled off dire statistics about test scores and arrests at parish schools. 

“The entire business community recognizes the fact we need to do something," Carter said. 

The Baton Rouge Area Chamber offered the plan to restructure the parish district. 

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The Lens
4:25 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Louisiana's Standardized Test Results Are In

LEAP and iLEAP test results for third through eighth graders were released on Tuesday. More than 60 percent of New Orleans students acheived a score of "basic," or average proficiency.

The state Department of Education announced LEAP and iLEAP test results for third through eighth graders on Tuesday. And, even though the tests have gotten tougher, overall performance remains the same.

More than 60 percent of New Orleans students scored “basic” or above on the state’s LEAP and iLEAP tests, which is considered average proficiency. That’s the same as they scored last year.

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Education
4:45 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Sci High Mascot Comes Out Of Her Shell

New Orleans' Sci High symbol has been the chambered nautilus since the school began.

New Orleans restructured its schools system after Hurricane Katrina. That’s meant rebuilding a sense of community and school spirit through new traditions. One young woman dedicated her efforts to create a legacy by becoming her high school’s first student mascot.

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3:02 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Communism and Crawfishing on Common Core

Originally published on Sun May 25, 2014 9:17 am

“I’m not a communist.”

But Senator Conrad Appel isn’t a happy camper, either. He took to the floor of the Senate Thursday to deliver a tirade directed toward Governor Bobby Jindal.

“You can call me a communist. You can call me a socialist fascist—that’s a good one,” Appel declared forcefully. “Anything you want to call me? Do it!”

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Education
8:45 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Student Essays Reveal Insights On Discipline, School Staffing

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As the school year ends, education writer Sarah Carr sought a different approach to perspectives on schools.

She asked the students themselves to write opinion pieces on controversial topics: Discipline in schools, Teach for America teachers versus veteran educators, whether all students should go to a four-year college, and school desegregation.

Teenagers at the Bard Early College program submitted their thoughts, and The Hechinger Report has been publishing these essays.

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