Louisiana Education Headlines

Tiny portion of Louisiana voucher school funding is questioned by auditors

Auditors questioned less than 1 percent of $35 million in public spending on Louisiana's private school voucher program in the 2013-14 academic year, state education officials said. One private school, Prevailing Faith Christian Academy in Monroe, accounted for one fourth… Read More

Roemer blames Jindal for Common Core ‘fiasco’

The president of Louisiana’s top School Board said Monday that the Common Core debate has turned into a “fiasco” and Gov. Bobby Jindal is solely to blame. “The fiasco we are going through right now is a fiasco caused by… Read More

Special ed overhaul faces BESE scrutiny next week

The state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education next week will start the lengthy process of implementing a controversial law to give some special education students a new path to a traditional high school diploma, officials said Monday. The measure,… Read More

Letter: State leaders need to put children first

 On July 22, the Annie E. Casey Foundation released its 2014 Kids Count Data Book, which ranks Louisiana 47th among the states in overall child well-being and in education. On the same day, proponents of Common Core sued Gov. Bobby… Read More

Parents learning how to advocate for their children’s education

A Baptist church in the heart of Scotlandville is trying to help 30 to 40 parents of children in five nearby public elementary schools become better advocates for their children’s education. About 20 of them showed up Friday at Greater… Read More

More high school students earning college credit

While Louisiana has long ranked near the bottom nationally among public high school students who earn college credit, those who did so this year rose by 30 percent, the state Department of Education announced Thursday. The tests are called Advanced… Read More

Schools move to implement free lunch program; application process still required

Some school districts in Louisiana plan to offer free meals to all their students even though the state Department of Education has yet to give them the green light to do so. East Baton Rouge Parish public schools announced Monday… Read More

Mathematics teachers not trained for Common Core, New York Times reports

"New math" is nothing new - but mathematics homework in the latest round of changes, the Common Core, has drawn the attention and annoyance of parents as prominent as comedian Louis C.K. In this week's New York Times Magazine, reporter… Read More

New EBR School Board plan muddies electoral, legal picture

The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board’s controversial last-minute shift from an 11-member board to one with 9 members has scrambled the election map less than four weeks before qualifying for elections this fall and prompted an almost certain legal… Read More

Special ed overhaul called ‘monumental’

Louisiana’s education establishment faces a huge challenge implementing a controversial new law to make it easier for high school students to earn a high school diploma, superintendents said Thursday. “The bottom line is it is going to be a very… Read More

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