Education

Book News
6:38 am
Tue March 12, 2013

Hippies Were Dirty And Liked Music By Satanists, Louisiana Textbook Claims

Paintings adorn the "Magic Bus" on display at a museum built on the site of the 1969 Woodstock music festival.
Emmanuel Dunand AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue March 12, 2013 9:00 am

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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Tenure Laws
5:42 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

On Second Thought, Tenure Changes Tossed

Judge Michael Caldwell heard this case in the 19th District Court for the first time in December. Then, he upheld parts of the law - now he's struck down the whole thing.
Credit Amy Jeffries / WRKF

A state judge has thrown out rules passed last session tying teacher tenure and pay to classroom performance. Monday's decision is a turnaround from the same judge’s previous ruling.

In December, Judge Michael Caldwell threw out parts of what’s been called the “Teacher Tenure Act,” – parts that didn’t directly address teacher tenure, but made rules for school boards, visiting teachers, superintendents and principals.

That day, the governor touted the ruling as a success because it kept his tenure overhauls. Now the judge is saying the whole thing has to go. 

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Re-segregation
9:25 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Nashville Wrestles With Re-Segregation

Kindergarten students at Jones Paideia Magnet learn about the Civil Rights movement.
Credit Southern Education Desk

In Nashville, public school officials are finding it a challenge to balance school improvement plans with a desire for racial diversity.


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Education
8:10 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

State Supt. Aims for Vouchers, With or Without School Funding Formula

The state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education is slated to approve the school funding formula next week. The new proposal, released Thursday, still pays for the voucher program with dollars that would otherwise go to local districts. But, state Supt. John White is pitching alternative financing that would skirt the formula.


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Re-segregation
9:41 am
Thu February 28, 2013

When And Why School Districts Re-segregate

Micky Zegaye (left) works with a tutor at Fugee Academy in Clarkston, GA.
Credit Maura Walz / Southern Education Desk

Since the 1970s, federal court orders have governed how many Southern communities integrated their public schools. But new research shows, as those orders have been lifted, school districts are gradually re-segregating.


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Re-segregation
9:55 am
Wed February 27, 2013

“Bring Back The White Kids”: A Fight To Integrate In Rural Mississippi

Angela Merritt, with daughters Gabby and Larasha, is working to reintegrate Tate County Schools.
Credit Kristian Weatherspoon

In Coldwater, MS, the student body was divided after the construction of a new school. That has sparked debate over whether separate can be equal.


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Education Overhaul
5:37 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Watching the Charter School Movement Play Out

Credit Bloomsbury Press

Journalist Sarah Carr spent a year chronicling the lives of a skeptical teenager, a fresh-faced teacher, and a veteran principal in three separate charter schools in New Orleans for her new book, “Hope Against Hope.”

Some of the same players who orchestrated the makeover of public education in the Crescent City after Hurricane Katrina are trying to do the same thing in Baton Rouge, without the prompting of a natural disaster.

Supporters of the movement hold up charter schools as the salvation of American education. Critics say the overhaul will lead to its ruination. What Carr found was a lot of gray.


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Re-segregation
6:49 am
Tue February 26, 2013

'Segregation Academies': Past and Definitely Present

Pickens Academy Class of 2012
Credit Dan Carsen / Southern Education Desk

The history of education in the South is woven to the history of race. When whites saw public-school integration coming, many started private schools, sometimes called "segregation academies" – and they still play a role.


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Re-segregation
8:57 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Clinton After Segregation: A Small Southern Town’s Struggle With The Past

Statues of the “Clinton 12″ look out over downtown Clinton, TN.
Credit Christine Jessel / Southern Education Desk

Ever since the Supreme Court declared segregated schools unconstitutional in Brown-versus-Board-of-Education in 1954, the racial makeup of our schools has been in flux.

Forced integration made the South’s public schools some of the most integrated in the country. But now, here and across the nation, schools are re-segregating.

Some of the earliest desegregation efforts played out in  Clinton, TN.


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Resegregation
10:49 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Carving Up The Elephant: Resegregation In Louisiana

Students in a Baton Rouge public school.
Credit Sue Lincoln / Southern Education Desk

It’s been nearly 60 years since the landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision, and the subsequent flurry of lawsuits forcing the desegregation of schools. Two recent studies—one from Stanford University, the other from UCLA—say that schools, particularly in the South, are becoming re-segregated after the lawsuits are settled. Louisiana’s East Baton Rouge Parish appears to be part of that pattern.

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