education http://wrkf.org en First Bell: In a Time of Racial Tension, Quarterback's Team Wasn't With Him http://wrkf.org/post/first-bell-time-racial-tension-quarterbacks-team-wasnt-him <p></p><p></p><p><strong><em>The&nbsp;</em>First Bell&nbsp;<em>series is a growing collection of stories from students, parents, and educators about pivotal experiences in education. To tell your story, email&nbsp;<a href="mailto:amy@wrkf.org?subject=First%20Bell">amy@wrkf.org</a>&nbsp;<strong>with "My First Bell" in the subject line&nbsp;</strong>or tweet with the hashtag&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23MyFirstBell&amp;src=hash" target="_blank">#MyFirstBell</a>.</em></strong></p><p>__________</p><p><br />Eric Reed was the first black quarterback at his elementary, middle, and high school when the Baton Rouge public schools were being integrated.</p><p>Epithets were used against him more than once.<br /><br />Reed’s junior year at predominantly white Istrouma High School, 1974, was a turning point. The night after a race riot at the school, the football team played the last game of the regular season against all-black McKinley.<br /><br />“Anytime Istrouma played McKinley, I happened to be the target of a lot of trash talk, because I’m the one who didn’t go to McKinley or Capitol, I chose to go to Istrouma, so I was -- the term they used back then -- the ‘oreo’, you know, I sold out.”<br /><br />Both teams needed the win to get to the playoffs, but Reed says he didn’t have the usual fire in his belly. Istrouma lost 7 to 6.</p><p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 07:54:54 +0000 Amy Jeffries 25466 at http://wrkf.org First Bell: In a Time of Racial Tension, Quarterback's Team Wasn't With Him Voucher Eligibility: “C” is for “Choice” http://wrkf.org/post/voucher-eligibility-c-choice <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>A bill that would take students attending “C” rated public schools out of eligibility for the voucher program failed to get out of the House Education Committee Wednesday.</p><p>“Either ‘C’ schools are failing schools, or they’re not,” stated Amite Representative John Bel Edwards, explaining the proposed program change as simple logic. “This program was premised upon giving choices to parents whose kids were trapped in failing schools. A ‘C’ school is not a failing school. It’s just that simple.”</p><p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Sue Lincoln 25308 at http://wrkf.org Voucher Eligibility: “C” is for “Choice” First Bell: Twin Sisters, Separate Schools http://wrkf.org/post/first-bell-twin-sisters-separate-schools <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;"><strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;"><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">The&nbsp;</em>First Bell&nbsp;<em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">series is a growing collection of stories from students, parents, and educators about pivotal experiences in education. To tell your story, email&nbsp;<a href="mailto:amy@wrkf.org?subject=First%20Bell" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162);">amy@wrkf.org</a>&nbsp;<strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">with "My First Bell" in the subject line&nbsp;</strong>or tweet with the hashtag&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23MyFirstBell&amp;src=hash" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162);" target="_blank">#MyFirstBell</a>.</em></strong></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">__________</p><div><p></p><p>Judging from the way that the fraternal twin sisters laugh and finish each other’s sentences, you might think Megan and Kendall Smith had never left each other’s side.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p>But, as Kendall told fellow LSU student Morgan Louviere, they started going to separate schools — and leading separate lives — in the third grade.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Megan got into a private school and Kendall didn’t.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Megan says they didn’t really get different “educations” as a result, but getting their education “differently” did make them who they are.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 08:34:41 +0000 Morgan Louviere 25157 at http://wrkf.org First Bell: Twin Sisters, Separate Schools Education Committee Talks "Empowerment" http://wrkf.org/post/education-committee-talks-empowerment <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The word of the day in the Senate Education Committee Wednesday was “empowerment”, with bills giving more authority to school principals and local districts moving forward.</p><p>The “Empowered Community Schools” bill, SB 385, by Sen. Eric LaFleur (D-Ville Platte) would allow principals rated “highly effective” to basically declare themselves in charge — of hiring and firing and over school service and repair contracts. Thu, 13 Mar 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Sue Lincoln 23686 at http://wrkf.org Education Committee Talks "Empowerment" WEDNESDAY: EBR Schools Superintendent Bernard Taylor; Politicos Melissa Flournoy and Scott Wilfong http://wrkf.org/post/wednesday-ebr-schools-superintendent-bernard-taylor-politicos-melissa-flournoy-and-scott <p>Jim&nbsp;visits with new East Baton Rouge Parish School Superintendent Bernard Taylor to talk about the state of public schools.</p><p>Then Chair of Louisiana Progress Melissa Flournoy and Republican political consultant Scott Wilfong debate several political issues including Joe Biden's upcoming trip to Louisiana.</p><p> Tue, 22 Jan 2013 16:21:11 +0000 Jim Engster 5096 at http://wrkf.org THURSDAY: Superintendent John White, Author Stephanie Powell Watts http://wrkf.org/post/thursday-superintendent-john-white-author-stephanie-powell-watts <p>Jim talks with Stephanie Powell Watts, this year's recipient of the Ernest J. Gaines Award for literary excellence, for her book, "We Are Taking Only What We Need"</p><p>Louisiana Superintendent of Education John White&nbsp;discusses the many changes in Louisiana's public education system, and&nbsp;legal challenges some of those initiatives are facing.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><em> Wed, 16 Jan 2013 16:18:21 +0000 Jim Engster 4870 at http://wrkf.org Louisiana Gets an 'A' for Education Policy, 'F' for Achievement http://wrkf.org/post/louisiana-gets-education-policy-f-achievement <p>Louisiana has jumped up in the ranks on a national education scorecard.</p><p><a href="http://www.edweek.org/ew/toc/2013/01/10/index.html?intc=EW-QC13-LFTNAV" target="_blank">Education Week’s "Quality Counts" report</a>, which combines measures of policy and performance, ranks the state 15<sup>th</sup> overall, up from 23<sup>rd</sup> last year. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Louisiana gets an 'A' for accountability and curriculum policy, and an 'F' for student achievement.</p> Fri, 11 Jan 2013 00:12:11 +0000 Amy Jeffries 4656 at http://wrkf.org