Southern Education Desk http://wrkf.org en Pre-K Access: Good Program, Few Spots http://wrkf.org/post/pre-k-access-good-program-few-spots <p>When it comes to enrollment rates, neither the South nor the U.S. is anywhere near “universal Pre-K.” Only eight states provide it to more than half their four-year-olds. Georgia is one of them. Louisiana enacted legislation in 2008 promising to provide pre-K to every eligible child through the state-run LA-4 program starting with the 2013-14 school year.</p><p>Alabama's state-funded pre-K program has been <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/14/education/early-education-far-short-of-goal-in-obama-speech.html?ref=todayspaper&amp;_r=0" target="_blank">recognized as one of the country's best</a>. But as the <a href="http://www.southerneddesk.org/?cat=1543" target="_blank">Southern Education Desk's</a> Dan Carsen reports, just six percent of eligible kids are enrolled.</p><p> Thu, 21 Mar 2013 11:25:00 +0000 Dan Carsen 7812 at http://wrkf.org Pre-K Access: Good Program, Few Spots Vouchers Threaten Public School's Turnaround http://wrkf.org/post/vouchers-threaten-public-schools-turnaround <p>The state Supreme Court hears arguments Tuesday in a case against the statewide school voucher program.<br><br>At issue is whether private school tuition can be paid for with the funds that would otherwise go to struggling public schools.<br><br>At <a href="http://wrkf.org/post/voucher-program-transforms-christian-school">Hosanna Christian Academy</a>, the tuition is being used in the battle to bring voucher students up to grade level. Hosanna's intervention strategies were inspired by the turnaround efforts at public Winbourne Elementary.<br>&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 19 Mar 2013 14:03:33 +0000 Sue Lincoln 7720 at http://wrkf.org Vouchers Threaten Public School's Turnaround Nashville Wrestles With Re-Segregation http://wrkf.org/post/nashville-wrestles-re-segregation <p></p><p>In Nashville, public school officials are finding it a challenge to balance school improvement plans with a desire for racial diversity.</p><p> Fri, 01 Mar 2013 15:25:58 +0000 LaTonya Turner 6897 at http://wrkf.org Nashville Wrestles With Re-Segregation When And Why School Districts Re-segregate http://wrkf.org/post/when-and-why-school-districts-re-segregate <p>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.</p><p> Thu, 28 Feb 2013 15:41:55 +0000 Maura Walz 6828 at http://wrkf.org When And Why School Districts Re-segregate “Bring Back The White Kids”: A Fight To Integrate In Rural Mississippi http://wrkf.org/post/bring-back-white-kids-fight-integrate-rural-mississippi <p>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.</p><p> Wed, 27 Feb 2013 15:55:30 +0000 Annie GIlbertson 6767 at http://wrkf.org “Bring Back The White Kids”: A Fight To Integrate In Rural Mississippi 'Segregation Academies': Past and Definitely Present http://wrkf.org/post/segregation-academies-past-and-definitely-present <p>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.</p><p> Tue, 26 Feb 2013 12:49:00 +0000 Dan Carsen 6666 at http://wrkf.org 'Segregation Academies': Past and Definitely Present Clinton After Segregation: A Small Southern Town’s Struggle With The Past http://wrkf.org/post/clinton-after-segregation-small-southern-town-s-struggle-past <p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p>Some of the earliest desegregation efforts played out in&nbsp; Clinton, TN.</p><p> Mon, 25 Feb 2013 14:57:00 +0000 Christine Jessel 6650 at http://wrkf.org Clinton After Segregation: A Small Southern Town’s Struggle With The Past Carving Up The Elephant: Resegregation In Louisiana http://wrkf.org/post/carving-elephant-resegregation-louisiana <p>It’s been nearly 60 years since the landmark <i>Brown v. Board of Education </i>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.</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LlhYxTqV7ZU</p><p></p> Fri, 22 Feb 2013 16:49:50 +0000 Sue Lincoln 6557 at http://wrkf.org Carving Up The Elephant: Resegregation In Louisiana Growing Doubts About For-Profit Public School Management http://wrkf.org/post/growing-doubts-about-profit-public-school-management <p>For-profit public school management is on the decline across the country. In 2007 about half of charter schools that entered into management contracts did so with a for-profit company. Three years later, that number fell by 25 percent. In New Orleans, all of the for-profits that came in to manage charters after Hurricane Katrina are now gone. Opposition to for-profit public schools in Mississippi is growing fierce.</p><p> Thu, 21 Feb 2013 20:26:17 +0000 Annie Gilbertson 6507 at http://wrkf.org Remembrances of Civil Rights, Confederate Leaders Combined http://wrkf.org/post/remembrances-civil-rights-confederate-leaders-combined-0 <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 10px; font-size: 17px; line-height: normal; font-family: Verdana; ">Schools around the country are closed Monday in remembrance of Martin Luther King Jr. But schools in the Deep South are also observing the birthday of Confederate General, Robert E. Lee.&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-bottom: 10px; font-size: 17px; line-height: normal; font-family: Verdana; ">Though Louisiana doesn't, Mississippi, Arkansas, Georgia and Alabama all officially roll the holidays together and leave it to schools to communicate the confusing marriage to students. From the Southern Education Desk, Annie Gilbertson, reports on a Mississippi community college that has decided to name the combined observance, "Heritage Day."</p><p style="margin-bottom: 10px; font-size: 17px; line-height: normal; font-family: Verdana; ">&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 21 Jan 2013 15:16:02 +0000 Annie Gilbertson 5054 at http://wrkf.org Remembrances of Civil Rights, Confederate Leaders Combined