Education

Bomb Threats
12:00 am
Thu September 20, 2012

Bomb Threat Response Suggests Football's Public Safety Benefits

Every game day, police say, is an opportunity to practice evacuating LSU's campus of 30,000 students, as it was after the bomb threat.

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Bomb Threats
12:00 am
Wed September 19, 2012

Baton Rouge Man Arrested In Connection With Bomb Threat

An arrest has been made in the bomb threat directed toward LSU's campus on Monday.

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Bomb Threats
12:00 am
Mon September 17, 2012

Bomb Threat Empties LSU Campus

LSU reopened for students, faculty and staff and returned to normal operations shortly before 11 p.m. Monday after campus was shut down for about 12 hours due to a morning bomb threat.

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Education
4:53 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

For Summer Learning, District Sends Students to Library

East Baton Rouge Parish public school students are back in the classroom Wednesday. Almost inevitably, teachers will start by re-teaching material students forgot while they were on vacation. To minimize that learning loss over the summer, the district pointed students to the parish library.


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Beyond the Classroom
12:00 am
Wed August 8, 2012

For Summer Learning, District Sends Students to Library

The brochure for the summer learning program encourages kids to dream big. (East Baton Rouge Parish Library)

East Baton Rouge Parish public school students are back in the classroom Wednesday. Almost inevitably, teachers will start by re-teaching material students forgot while they were on vacation. To minimize that learning loss over the summer, the district pointed students to the parish library.

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School Tech
12:00 am
Thu May 24, 2012

Creative La. Speaker Brian Dixon on the Future of the Classroom

Dr. Brian Dixon is an author, educator and entrepreneur and a major proponent of media technology in the classroom. (Tegan Wendland/WRKF)

Classrooms aren't as simple as they used to be - traditional chalk boards and pencils used to do the trick, but now computers play a huge rule in the way our kids learn.

Educator, author, and founder of the Mentorship Academy of Digital Arts, Brian Dixon, says that's a good thing. At his charter school in downtown Baton Rouge smartboards and iPads are the norm. He's the featured speaker at this month's Creative Louisiana and WRKF's Tegan Wendland talked with him about using technology in the classroom and the future of education.


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Baton Rouge Schools
12:00 am
Thu April 26, 2012

Big Charter School Push Coming to Baton Rouge

Chris Meyer is the head of New Schools for Baton Rouge, which will be facilitating the development of charter schools. (WRKF/Amy Jeffries)

The Recovery School District is announcing plans for an "Achievement Zone" in north Baton Rouge where the schools have been failing for decades.

As part of that effort, New Schools for Baton Rouge will be facilitating the development of charter schools.

Before moving upriver to launch the new non-profit, Chris Meyer worked for the RSD in New Orleans, identifying which schools to turn over to charter operators there.

As he told WRKF's Amy Jeffries, Meyer is out to prove that you don't need a hurricane to make radical changes to the way schools work.


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Elementary Education
12:00 am
Wed April 18, 2012

Drop-Out Study Argues for Truancy Intervention

The Truancy Assessment and Service Center (TASC) program aims to intervene early so that kids stay in school. (LSU School of Social Work)

While the legislature has approved Governor Bobby Jindal's proposals for getting teachers to up their game and providing more school choice, an effort to keep some of the most at-risk kids in the classroom may be falling by the wayside.

The Truancy Assessment and Service Center, or TASC, program, addresses truancy among elementary school students, intervening early so they don't drop out later.

Administrators of TASC, which serves students from 21 parishes at 14 sites around the state, pleaded with the House Appropriations Committee earlier this week not to cut its funding.


Cecile Guin, Director of Research at the LSU School of Social Work, helped develop the program 13 years ago. She spoke with WRKF's Amy Jeffries in the studio along with LSU economist Stephen Barnes about TASC and the study they recently co-authored to bolster the argument for its preservation.

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Pre-K Education
12:00 am
Mon April 2, 2012

Expert Says Letter Grades Could Threaten Pre-K Education

Assistant Dean of Education at LSU, Renee Casbergue, says two bills that would radically change childhood education in La. are not receiving enough attention.
Credit Tegan Wendland / WRKF

The full house will consider a bill Monday that would overhaul early education in Louisiana. The bill, part of Gov. Bobby Jindal's education reform package, would challenge child care centers to prove that very young children are learning.

WRKF's Tegan Wendland talked with Renee Casbergue, interim assistant dean of Education at LSU and a specialist in early childhood education, about the proposed legislation, which she says is being overshadowed by the governor's bids to change how teachers get tenure and support private school vouchers.


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Vouchers on Trial
12:00 am
Mon March 26, 2012

In Florida, Vouchers Bring Modest Improvement to Public Education

Westwego, LA, March 29, 2007 -- A first grade teacher works through the a lesson with her class. (Robert J. Alvey/FEMA)

Late Thursday night, the state house passed a bill that would allow public school dollars to be used to send students from low-income families attending failing schools to private schools instead. The legislation, which is a cornerstone of Governor Bobby Jindal's education reform plan, could hit the Senate floor this week.

The voucher program is modeled in part after a program in Florida, which was the first state to try vouchers on a large scale a decade ago.

David Figlio, a professor of education, social policy, and economics at Northwestern University in Illinois, has been studying Florida's program since its inception.

He was skeptical at first.


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