Education

Grading Teachers
5:32 am
Tue January 15, 2013

BESE Expected to Approve Adjustments to Teacher Evaluations

State Superintendent of Education John White is advocating refinements to “Compass” – the program created by 2010 legislation to reform how public school teachers are evaluated. The changes stem from teacher input.
 

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Shoring Up Higher Ed
10:14 am
Fri January 11, 2013

Board of Regents Considers Raising Revenue

Many institutions have cut differed maintenance budgets to save core academic programs.
Credit Nicolas Larchet / Paul M. Hebert Law Center

The Board of Regents is thinking of ways to bring in new funds to make up for the past five years of budget cuts sustained by the Louisiana University System.

The Board of Regents met for the first time this year on Thursday morning. Newly appointed members Richard Lipsey, Joel Dupre, and Edward Markle were sworn in and got straight to business.

Commissioner of Higher Education Jim Purcell addressed the Board with a presentation on the state of state higher education.

Chairman W. Clinton Rasberry requested the presentation.

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Education
6:12 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Louisiana Gets an 'A' for Education Policy, 'F' for Achievement

Louisiana has jumped up in the ranks on a national education scorecard.

Education Week’s "Quality Counts" report, which combines measures of policy and performance, ranks the state 15th overall, up from 23rd last year.   

Louisiana gets an 'A' for accountability and curriculum policy, and an 'F' for student achievement.

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Early Childhood Development
5:52 am
Wed January 9, 2013

New Study Maps Out Risks to Early Childhood Development

LSU Public Policy Research Lab Director Kirby Goidel
Credit WRKF

A unique study released last week by the LSU/Tulane Early Childhood Policy and Data Center uses maps to show where certain risk factors that could impede early childhood development are most prevalent across the state.

LSU Public Policy Research Lab Director Kirby Goidel and Epidemiologist Lina Brou said their study found that 55 of Louisiana’s 64 parishes have at least one high-risk factor that could impede childhood development such as high unemployment, high teen birth rate and high percentage of uninsured children. The nature of that risk was also found to differ from parish-to-parish.

Goidel said the initial step to addressing the needs of the children across Louisiana is to first understand the nature of the risk in each parish.


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Southern Education Desk
3:36 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

Technical College Rethinks Approach to Remedial Education

Athens Technical College math professor Vidya Nahar assists a student in her newly re-designed learning support math course.
Credit Maura Walz / Southern Education Desk

Georgia higher education officials have a goal: by 2020, they want 60 percent of young adults in the state to earn some kind of college credential.

They’ve got a long way to go. In 2011, just over 36 percent of 24 to 34-year-olds in that state had earned an Associates Degree or better, about another 6 percent have a certificate.

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School Safety
4:52 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Jindal Orders School Safety Review

Gov. Bobby Jindal has called for a state officials to look at safety measures at Louisiana public and private schools, from pre-K through college.

The governor issued the executive order Friday in the wake of the mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school last month.

On the day of that shooting, State Police Col. Mike Edmonson, said his department immediately started talking about making sure they would be able to respond if something similar happened here.

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Early Childhood Development
12:55 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Study Finds Risk To Early Childhood Development Widespread

A report released Thursday by the LSU/Tulane Early Childhood Policy and Data Center reveals 35 percent of children under  five in Louisiana live in parishes with moderate-to-high risk of factors that could impede their development.

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Tenure on Trial
4:53 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Tenure Changes Upheld in Split Decision

Louisiana Federation of Teachers president Steve Monaghan (far left) speaking with reporters outside the state courthouse in Baton Rouge, Dec. 18, 2012.
Credit Amy Jeffries / WRKF

A state judge has upheld legislation tying teachers’ pay and tenure to their performance in the classroom. Gov. Bobby Jindal pushed for the changes as part of his education overhaul.

Judge Michael Caldwell tossed out provisions of the same act that removed authority over hiring and firing decisions from local school boards, and required state reviews of district superintendent contracts.

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Tenure on Trial
11:56 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Judge to Rule in Teacher Tenure Suit

Teachers protest Act 1 at the capitol April 4, 2012.
Credit Ashley Westerman / WRKF

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Last spring at the capitol, thousands of public school teachers rallied against the bill that would tie their pay and tenure to performance through an evaluation system, which was rolled out at the start of this school year.

A state judge says he will rule Tuesday on whether Act 1 was passed in violation of Louisiana’s constitution.


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Turnaround Schools
2:27 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

School Turnaround: How Did George Hall Do It?

George Hall kindergarteners learn writing basics in Samantha Laubenthal’s class.
Credit Dan Carsen / Southern Education Desk

Before the Mobile County school system reconstituted George Hall in 2004, less than half its students were on grade level. Discipline problems spilled out into the neighborhood. Its reputation had plummeted to the level of its test scores.

But as state Superintendent Dr. Tommy Bice puts it, “It’s remarkable to think where they were eight years ago and where they are today. The demographics of the students have not changed at all, but their academic achievement has soared.”


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