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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The Lens
7:00 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Behind The Test: Using Test Scores To Grade Teachers

Teachers have a lot riding ontheir students' standardized test scores. Improvement can mean financial rewards. But little or no improvement can lead to a teacher losing their job.
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Louisiana’s schools have a lot riding on student performance on standardized tests, and the stakes can be even higher for educators.

Louisiana is one of over 20 states around the country that ties teacher evaluations to student performance. Teachers can receive huge financial bonuses if their students do well, and they can lose their jobs if they don't.

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WRKF
3:02 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Effort to Elevate TOPS Standards Ends

Originally published on Tue May 13, 2014 3:45 pm

“It it’s not broken, let’s don’t try to fix it,” Senator Francis Thompson of Delhi summed up the sentiment of a majority of the Senate regarding TOPS.

TOPS isn’t broken, but many lawmakers see curbing the cost of the college scholarship program as part of the fix for the state budget. A measure that would have saved an estimated $24-million per year, by raising the standards for TOPS was argued on the Senate floor Monday.

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Education
1:18 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Behind The Test: Training Teachers To Give High-Stakes Tests

Reducing administrative errors means instructing teachers on how to administer high-stakes tests.
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School is winding up for the year, and students have the state LEAP test behind them. That’s the Louisiana Educational Assessment Program, the standardized test used to measure students’ skills — and, increasingly, to size up teachers and schools as a whole.

This week, as schools await their results, WWNO explores the world of LEAP beyond the test itself, in our "Behind The Test" series. We look behind-the-scenes at test security, emotions around testing, and the growing influence of tests.

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WRKF
3:02 am
Fri May 9, 2014

House Reallocates Education Dollars

Originally published on Sun May 11, 2014 1:00 pm

If there was a theme to “Budget Day” in the Louisiana House, it could be summed up by Thursday’s oft-heard refrain, “If we don’t do it, the Senate’s going to do it.”

There wasn’t a lot House members could do to alter the allocations, until they got to the Department of Education section. Because House Appropriations had forwarded the budget bill, HB 1, to the full House before the Senate Education Committee rejected the MFP, House members now had $70-million to play with.

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Latest News
5:10 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Bill To Boost Teacher Retirement Age Nearing Final Passage

The Senate backs a bill that would require public school teachers and most new state employees to wait 2 years longer to retire.
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Public school teachers and most new state employees would have to wait longer to retire, under a proposal that received the unanimous backing of the state Senate Wednesday.

Current law generally allows that non-hazardous employees in the Louisiana State Employees' Retirement System, the Teachers' Retirement System of Louisiana and the Louisiana School Employees' Retirement System can retire at age 60 with 5 years of service.

WRKF
3:02 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Senate Committee Turns Down the MFP

 

The Senate Education Committee took testimony on the MFP Thursday, and ended up rejecting the formula for funding public schools.

The formula included $150-million in new spending: for a growing number of students, for career education and for kids with special needs. On a conference call following the committee meeting, state Superintendent John White said he’s not worried about students losing out, despite the formula being turned away. That’s because House Appropriations already added the extra money to HB 1, the next state budget.

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Latest News
4:09 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Tulane Report About Poverty And Education In New Orleans Defies Expectations

A new Cowen Institute report says that school performance scores have risen since Katrina, despite a rise in poverty during the same time period.
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Tulane University’s Cowen Institute released a report Wednesday about poverty and educational outcomes in New Orleans, with some unexpected results.

Eighty-four percent of students in New Orleans are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch, an indicator of poverty. And that number has grown by 9 percent since Katrina.

And yet, the average school performance score in New Orleans rose 41 percent during that same period.

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Community Impact
12:48 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Family Service Of Greater New Orleans Teaches Dads How To Parent

NOLA Dads students answer questions in a workbook to get conversation going.
Eve Abrams

Since 1896, Family Service of Greater New Orleans has offered an array of mental health counseling, psycho-educational and social service programs in the community, clients’ homes, and schools. It recently added a class called NOLA Dads to its long roster of services.

Lawrence is a father. A new father. He’s 22 years old, and his daughter, La’Naya, is one year old. He likes to tell her things.

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Education
7:37 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Private Schools Losing Students Across Louisiana

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The Louisiana school voucher system, called the Louisiana Scholarship Program, is growing — NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune reports about 12,000 students applied to use vouchers next school year.

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WRKF
3:02 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Kumbayah Moment: Teacher Termination Compromise

Although they didn’t actually “hold hands and sing Kumbayah”, there was a brief moment of peace and accord between the Jindal administration and teachers unions last week. After more than two years of name-calling, angst and lawsuits, they found common ground around a bill to modify the process for terminating tenured teachers who receive “ineffective” ratings.

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