What's happening with Louisiana's schools, colleges, universities, and ongoing education reform.

Sarah Cannon helps her New Orleans students prepare for a debate about felon disenfranchisement.Credit Mallory Falk/WWNOEdit | Remove

By Mallory Falk, WWNO

Civil Rights. Voter ID Laws. Felon Rights. These topics aren’t foreign for teachers and students in Southern classrooms. But what happens when pressure to teach to the test prevents challenging conversations?

Sandra Knispel

In Mississippi, the Civil War still stirs emotions. It’s not so much that teachers disagree on how it should be taught, but that ongoing attempts by the University of Mississippi and several cities across the South to shed Confederate symbols have called up old ghosts. Sandra Knispel reports.

Historian John Neff, director of the University of Mississippi’s Center for Civil War Research, explains some of the history found right in the middle of the campus.

Chas Sisk/WPLN

by Chas Sisk/WPLN

What should school children be taught about Islam?

In Southern states such as Florida and North Carolina, parents claim students are being “indoctrinated” with a sanitized version of the Muslim faith.

One of the fiercest fights so far is going on right now in Tennessee, possibly revealing the playbook for future battles.

Dan Carsen

Teaching subjects that trigger strong emotions and political divides is challenging. In the South, many of those fault-lines — racial, religious and otherwise — are intimately tied to its history. This week the Southern Education Desk is exploring how teachers tackle tough topics. WBHM’s Dan Carsen starts with an overview of some the major challenges, and some of the ways teachers can get around them. Please note this report contains language some might find offensive.

Southern University Looking to Authorize Charters

Oct 16, 2015
John Oubre | Southern University

Southern University's Board of Supervisors voted for the university to apply as a local charter school authorizer last month. If the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education approves their application, Southern University will be the first university system to be a local charter authorizer in Louisiana.