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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Orleans Schools Enrollment
11:10 am
Thu May 10, 2012

RSD: Most Orleans Students Get Their Top 3 Choices

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Education officials say most New Orleans students who took part in the state-run school system's new single application enrollment system were assigned to one of their top three school choices.

The Louisiana Recovery School District said Wednesday that 84 percent of applicants entering kindergarten or high school got one of their top three choices.

Education
9:59 am
Tue May 8, 2012

Jindal Signs Private School Tuition Tax Break

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. Bobby Jindal has signed into law a bill that creates a new tax break program that will give rebates for donations to voucher programs that allow students to attend private schools.

Jindal says it will give children in failing public schools more opportunities to get an improved education. He signed the measure Monday.

The tax break begins with the 2013-14 school year.

Louisiana Budget: Colleges
9:54 am
Tue May 8, 2012

Budget Proposes $71M in Cuts to Louisiana Colleges

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's public colleges are facing cuts of at least $71 million in next year's budget proposal, as it awaits debate on the House floor this week.

Commissioner of Higher Education Jim Purcell said Monday that college leaders will be pushing a bill to allow the schools to raise fees on students to cover the gap.

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Community Impact
8:24 am
Tue May 8, 2012

Community Impact Series: Communities in Schools

By harnessing the wealth of resources, skills and compassion in the community, one nonprofit is helping New Orleans students stay on track for success.

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Andre Perry Commentary
5:14 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

The Protection of Schools

Andre Perry discusses how the New Orleans community can look to our schools for lessons about safety.

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Notes from New Orleans
5:00 am
Thu April 19, 2012

Former Business Leader Now a Man of the Cloth

Rev. Lonell Wright and a handful of the children being mentored at the All Souls Episcopal Church in the Lower 9th Ward.

Ever since an old Walgreens was transformed into an Episcopal Church in the Lower 9th Ward, a small community has developed around the location. Many organizations are now using the site as a place to tutor children academically and musically. We'll speak with Rev. Lonell Wright, the leader of the All Souls Episcopal Church, on this week's Notes from New Orleans.

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Orleans Parish School Board
11:59 am
Wed April 18, 2012

Orleans School Superintendent Kilbert surprises board by announcing his retirement

Orleans Parish Schools Superintendent Darryl Kilbert.
The Lens

In an unexpected move Tuesday night, Orleans Parish Schools Superintendent Darryl Kilbert announced his retirement after more than 30 years as an educator in the city.

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Education
11:36 am
Wed April 18, 2012

Jindal to Sign Voucher Bill

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A Catholic elementary school in Baton Rouge is the setting for Gov. Bobby Jindal as he signs legislation reshaping numerous aspects of public education in Louisiana, including a bill allowing the state to fund private school tuition for some students.

Wednesday's bill signing ceremony takes place at Redemptorist Elementary School.

The wide-ranging measures to be signed at the school also make major changes to teacher tenure rules, while giving more hiring and firing power to school principals and superintendents.

Education
11:31 am
Wed April 18, 2012

Jindal Early Childhood Coordination Bill Passed

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's mishmash system of publicly-funded prekindergarten and early childhood education programs will be coordinated and graded on a statewide scale.

The state Senate gave final passage to the measure sought by Gov. Bobby Jindal in a 39-0 vote Tuesday.

Andre Perry Commentary
5:00 pm
Fri April 6, 2012

We're Shooting Elephants

Andre Perry discusses the Trayvon Martin shooting and our society.

In his classic essay titled “Shooting an Elephant,” George Orwell writes of a colonial, sub-divisional police officer’s experience in twentieth century Burma. The narrator, who we presume to be Orwell, reflects on the officer’s pursuit of a rampaging elephant in heat that was ravaging the fragile village that stood in the way of the humungous beast’s unpredictable path.  The impassioned elephant even killed a man who could not dodge the animal’s urges.

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