Louisiana Education Headlines

Partnership to offer more pre-K classes

Public schools in Rapides will see about 270 more pre-K students this year thanks to a partnership to share facilities and some staff with the local Head Start program. Six public schools in the parish will provide classrooms for Head… Read More

See how much money Louisiana spends on public schools, parish by parish

The chief source of funding for Louisiana's public schools is a complicated formula of state and local tax revenue, called the Minimum Foundation Program. The $3.5 billion program is meant to ensure that schools with similar populations get similar amounts… Read More

Louisiana’s public-education budget ranks near the median nationally

Even during its six-year funding freeze, Louisiana's state education financing ranked near the middle when compared to other states. In 2012, Louisiana ranked 30th -- with an average of $5,392 per student -- among 50 states in state funding for… Read More

Incumbents, newcomers seek seat on EBR School Board

Control of the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board will hinge on a handful of competitive races Nov. 4 that feature candidates backed by business leaders, others with connections to the school system as well about half who are running… Read More

State directive: School districts should bus students from F, D schools

The Louisiana Department of Education is calling upon school districts to pay for bus transportation not only for children transferring out of F-ranked schools, but also for the many more students whose parents want to move their children out of… Read More

Open teacher slots still a moving target in EBR

Even after holding two teacher job fairs in recent days, including one in Pittsburgh, the East Baton Rouge Parish school system still has roughly 50 vacant teaching positions nearly two weeks into the 2014-15 school year. Even so, Millie Williams,… Read More

Judge rules against Jindal in Common Core lawsuit

BATON ROUGE — A state judge has ruled against Gov. Bobby Jindal in a lawsuit filed by Common Core supporters, lifting a contract suspension Jindal enacted to derail the multi-state education standards. Judge Todd Hernandez issued a written ruling Tuesday. Read More

Residents push Tangipahoa School Board on desegregation

AMITE — Holding signs saying “They just won’t do right,” members of Tangipahoa Parish’s black community gathered at the school system’s central office Tuesday to demand the School Board abandon its pursuit of a modified desegregation plan. The School Board… Read More

Judge hears arguments in Common Core lawsuit

BATON ROUGE, La. -- A state judge heard arguments Monday from lawyers for teachers and parents who support the Common Core education standards and want Gov. Bobby Jindal's actions against the multi-state standards invalidated. District Judge Todd Hernandez didn't immediately… Read More

Tea Party of Louisiana expresses ‘shock and outrage’ over Sen. Vitter’s Common Core support

WASHINGTON -- The Tea Party of Louisiana is expressing "shock and outrage" over Sen. David Vitter's support for the Common Core educational standards. In a recent statement, Vitter, a two-term Republican senator running for governor in 2015, said that Gov. Bobby… Read More

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