Louisiana Education Headlines

Public Schools in the South Need More Investments, Poll of Region’s Voters Finds

Southern states must be more aggressive in closing achievement gaps, increasing post-secondary readiness, improving teacher-quality and providing non-academic supports for an increasingly diverse student body, a new report from education advocacy groups argues. And those recommendations are strongly backed by… Read More

Plan to overhaul TOPS gains traction, sparks arguments ahead of final report

The chairman of the legislative task force studying TOPS said Friday his plan to overhaul the program is gaining political traction. Higher Education Commissioner Joseph Rallo, Jim Henderson, president of the University of Louisiana System and Monty Sullivan, president of… Read More

‘A proven success’: Gov. John Bel Edwards lauds Louisiana’s revamped career education program

Gov. John Bel Edwards on Tuesday praised Louisiana's fast-growing program aimed at reinventing career education. The training, called Jump Start, allows students to earn college and career credentials. About one in five high school graduates – around 8,500 students per year –… Read More

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

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