Louisiana Education Headlines

New middle school to open in Scotlandville in the fall

Even as other new charter schools are running TV ads to promote themselves, the leaders of J.K. Haynes Middle School are relying mostly on word of mouth. “The word is getting around,” said Roeshay Patrick, whose daughter Karolyn is going… Read More

Teacher appeals bill signed

Gov. Bobby Jindal signed a bill Tuesday to revamp the way teachers appeal disciplinary rulings. Under a 2012 law that Jindal pushed, a three-member panel was set up to hear appeals on dismissals and other issues. However, teacher union leaders… Read More

John White, Orleans groups at odds over Justice filing

NEW ORLEANS — Representatives of two community groups in New Orleans have called for the resignation of state Education Superintendent John White because of comments he made recently in reaction to their civil rights complaint alleging racial inequities in state-governed… Read More

Leaders try to bury differences at groundbreaking for Lee High

Temporarily setting their differences aside, leaders of the East Baton Rouge Parish school system and advocates for failed legislation that would have shifted much of the superintendent’s and School Board’s power to principals gathered Thursday morning on the grounds of… Read More

Resolution seeks TOPS changes study

The Louisiana Legislature didn’t push through any significant changes to the TOPS program this session, but a resolution that quietly passed on the final day instructs a long list of groups — the state Board of Regents and Board of… Read More

Lee High taking shape, seeking ties to top high school in Natchitoches

Lee High School in Baton Rouge has a new principal, several new teachers and will soon have a new $54.5 million facility capable of educating about 1,200 students. The 26-acre campus has room to grow larger yet. To that effect,… Read More

John White swipes at Gov. Jindal over Common Core

John White, the state’s top education official, said Tuesday that educators deserve to know that Louisiana is committed to following through with its adoption of Common Core academic standards, taking an implicit swipe at lawmakers who have tried to derail… Read More

Newly minted Common Core bill may face governor’s veto

One of the few Common Core bills to emerge from the legislative session may be dead on arrival. The measure, House Bill 953, would add an additional year to state plans to soften Louisiana’s accountability rules during the move to… Read More

Legislature nears end of annual regular session

BATON ROUGE — Louisiana lawmakers worked Sunday through a pile of bills awaiting final compromises before their annual session wraps up, agreeing to delay the effects of the state’s shift to Common Core education standards and to add new privacy… Read More

New EBR school budget process has same old problem: Lack of funds

Unlike in years past, about a third of the spending proposed in the East Baton Rouge Parish school system’s $441.1 million general operating budget reflects the judgments of school principals, not the Central Office. However, the recently released budget proposed… Read More

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