Louisiana Education Headlines

Mike Hasten: Common Core battle rages on in court

You can learn a lot by sitting in a courtroom. First thing you learn is the benches in courtrooms weren’t designed to be comfortable. If it’s a long hearing, that fact becomes clear in the first half-hour. Another thing is… Read More

Iberville plans suit challenging charter school funding

School board members and local education officials across the state have grumbled for years that charter schools divert money from public school systems to independently run institutions that compete with them for the best students with the most engaged parents.… Read More

Judge rules Jindal, others can’t be deposed but trial progresses

BATON ROUGE A Baton Rouge judge has ruled that Gov. Bobby Jindal and some top administration officials cannot be questioned by attorneys prior to going to court in a lawsuit against them but he rejected administration attorneys’ arguments that the… Read More

Teachers get more support to teach standards

BATON ROUGE – While legal battles continue in court over whether Common Core will remain the state’s standards for reading, writing and math, the Department of Education is moving forward with a package to help teachers use it in their… Read More

Special education law sparks new controversy

While a new state law may pave the way for more special education students to earn high school diplomas, some of those gains will be excluded when schools are rated by the state, officials said Wednesday. The issue surfaced on… Read More

Special-education revamp approved by Board of Elementary and Secondary Education committee

A committee for Louisiana's Board of Elementary and Secondary Education approved an overhaul of state special-education programs Tuesday (Aug. 12), after much debate. A significant change approved gives students an alternate route to a high school diploma. Under that move, which… Read More

Jindal, BESE to square off in court on Tuesday

BATON ROUGE – The legal issue of whether Gov. Bobby Jindal exceeded his authority by blocking the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education from purchasing a Common Core-related assessment test heads to court Tuesday. Both sides of the feud have… Read More

Jindal asks judge to bar use of Common Core tests

Gov. Bobby Jindal is asking a judge to prohibit state education leaders from using testing material tied to the Common Core standards in Louisiana’s public schools. Jindal filed a petition Wednesday seeking an injunction that would keep the state Board… Read More

NAACP prepares challenge to new School Board districts

Residents interested in running for the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board will have just nine seats to pursue when qualifying begins two weeks from now — two fewer seats than available during the last elections held in 2010. The… Read More

Program set to launch Sept. 2

HAMMOND — After more than a year of planning, an after-school education program for Hammond fifth- through eighth-graders will open Sept. 2 — thanks to funding by the Hammond City Council and the Tangipahoa Parish School Board. Both public bodies… Read More


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