Louisiana Education Headlines

Louisiana Supreme Court case puts dozens of charter schools’ future in jeopardy

Christin Kaiser's daughter Mary-Grace is one of the roughly 16,000 students caught in the middle of a lawsuit before the Louisiana Supreme Court over the fate of more than three dozen charter schools. Like lots of families, they are waiting… Read More

Audit criticizes how Department of Education monitors charter schools, handles violations

A state audit Monday criticized how the state Department of Education monitors charter schools. The report was issued by Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera. Auditors found that the Department’s monitoring process weighted critical and non-critical violations equally, making a charter school… Read More

Louisiana lands $55.5 million federal grant to aid struggling students

Louisiana has been picked to get $55.5 million over three years to aid struggling students improve their literacy skills,  the state Department of Education announced Tuesday. The federal grant will focus on pre-literacy, reading and writing skills from birth through… Read More

Child care center operators gear up for big hike in costs of background checks

Operators of Louisiana child care centers said Friday they are bracing for sweeping changes in criminal background checks for about 16,000 employees, including doubled costs for State Police, sex registry and other reviews. The requirements stem from a federal law… Read More

Universities breaking records, reversing trends

The University of Louisiana System saw an increase of more than 1,000 students across its nine schools this fall, according to the official 14th day census. To get an idea of how it grew enrollment, here's a look at what is… Read More

Teachers’ union challenges state aid for some charter schools

A teachers’ union filed a lawsuit Monday that contends the state is improperly spending $60 million per year for certain charter schools. The legal challenge was filed by the Louisiana Association of Educators, which is one of Louisiana’s two teacher… Read More

Panel launches teacher evaluation review

Tackling a volatile topic, a state panel Thursday began considering ways to revamp the way Louisiana evaluates its public school teachers. State Rep. Frank Hoffmann, a West Monroe Republican and sponsor of the 2010 law that overhauled the annual reviews,… Read More

Special education overhaul subject of webinar series

Controversy continued to churn Wednesday on a new state law that offers multiple ways for some special education students to earn a high school diploma. Officials of the state Department of Education told a key advisory panel that the agency… Read More

Roemer: Common Core about higher expectations

PINEVILLE – Chas Roemer, chairman of the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, met with local business leaders in hopes of helping them make sense of the “noise” surrounding Common Core State Standards and focus on raising expectations. “We… Read More

St. James parents, teachers concerned about Common Core lessons

LUTCHER — St. James school officials have held a series of primary school meetings for parents and teachers who have been struggling to learn more about the state’s new Common Core educational standards, specifically in math. School Board members said… Read More


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