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
10:01 am
Tue August 5, 2014

Encore Academy Values The Arts Alongside Academics

A class of pre-kindergarteners learn tap dancing.
Eve Abrams WWNO

Encore Academy is a charter school, but it looks and feels more like the kind of public school many adults remember attending when they were kids. In today’s New Orleans, where the charter school landscape seems designed to combat lackluster academic achievement — and little else — it’s rare to see a school that values the arts as much as academics. So how does Encore Academy, a stand-alone charter school, manage to stand out?

The first thing you notice when you walk into Encore Academy’s cafeteria at lunch or breakfast is the sound of kids talking.

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Latest News
7:54 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Board Of Ed. To Consider Suing Gov. Jindal Today

Credit Sebastian Blanco / Creative Commons

Louisiana's state school board is holding a special meeting later this morning on the ongoing battle to adopt Common Coe education standards.

The board will consider whether to sue Governor Bobby Jindal in the ongoing dispute.

Jindal opposes the multi-state standards.

Education Superintendent John White and most members of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education continue to support them.

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WRKF
7:56 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Insight: Common Core Dispute Probes Policymaking Through Procurement

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 4:55 pm

Competing lawsuits were filed over the Common Core state standards in Louisiana this week, and specifically over the contracts for testing related to those standards.

Melinda Deslatte, capitol correspondent for the Associated Press, has been following the back and forth.


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Coastal Desk
5:17 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Working Coast Camp In Houma Teaches Children About Big Industry

The Working Coast campers set out fishing on their last day.
Credit Laine Kaplan-Levenson / WWNO

South Louisiana’s Terrebonne Parish has low unemployment — there are lots of jobs in offshore services. So many that there could be a shortage of locals with the skills needed. The Working Coast summer camp in Houma teaches kids about the big industries in their area, and aims to get them excited about those career paths.

About 30 kids hang their fishing poles over a small bridge outside the Water Life Museum in Houma, Louisiana. They’re enjoying their last day at the Working Coast Camp.

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Education
7:30 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Voices Of Educators: Glenda McQueen

Glenda McQueen.
Credit Mallory Falk / WWNO

Summer is in full swing, but that doesn't mean New Orleans schools are not on the minds of many people. As the city continues to reform and reshape public education, WWNO seeks to highlight teachers who bring unique talents and perspectives to their work. We'll feature one such educator each month.

Glenda McQueen teaches AP language at New Orleans Charter Science & Mathematics High School. She strives for true intellectual growth in her students.

Voices of Educators is supported by Entergy.

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Education
4:32 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

The Politics Of The Common Core

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal announces his plan to remove Louisiana from tests associated with the Common Core.
Melinda Deslatte AP

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 10:08 am

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said Wednesday that he wants to cut ties with the Common Core State Standards, the benchmarks in reading and math that he helped bring to the state four years ago, and replace them with new, Louisiana-specific standards.

"We won't let the federal government take over Louisiana's education standards," Jindal said in a statement. "We're very alarmed about choice and local control over curriculum being taken away from parents and educators."

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Latest News
4:50 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Feds End Jefferson Parish School Discrimination Probe

Jefferson Parish public schools have agreed to make changes to end a federal investigation into discrimination against English-language learners.
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Jefferson Parish public schools have agreed to make changes to end a federal investigation into discrimination against English-language learners. The U.S. Department of Justice brokered the agreement, along with the Department of Education. 

Jessica Williams is an education reporter at NOLA.com / The Times-Picayune. She says the agreement requires that Jefferson parish make a number of changes.

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Education
7:30 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Girl Scouts 'Extravaganza' Boosts Girls' Interest In STEM

Girls participate in a blind taste test, put on by the Sewerage and Water Board. They vote for their favorite from four contenders: Dasani, Kentwood, Fiji and tap water.
Credit Mallory Falk / WWNO

Girl Scouts Louisiana East recently held its second annual STEM Extravaganza. The event is designed to get girls excited about science, technology, engineering and math — fields typically dominated by men. Girl Scouts from grades K-12 came to the event, held at Dillard University.

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Community Impact
2:18 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Louisiana Children's Museum Helps Kids Develop Emotional Literacy Through 'Play Power' Program

Christen plays the Lorax.
Eve Abrams

The Louisiana Children’s Museum is more than just a place to visit. One of the Museum’s traveling outreach programs is Play Power, which visits schools and NORD camps in areas of New Orleans deeply impacted by Hurricane Katrina. Play Power encourages children to enjoy learning through emphasis on free expression and laughter. The Louisiana Children’s Museum believes a focus on early education instills in children the skills vital to success not just in school, but in a lifelong journey of learning.

 

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Education
9:48 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Local Views Of New Orleans' Changing School Landscape

Kenyatta Collins, a New Orleans charter school student.
Hechinger Report

Originally published on Tue June 3, 2014 7:11 am

New Orleans marked a milestone last week. The city's "Recovery School District" closed its remaining five public schools, making it the first public all-charter school district in the nation.

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