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  • Jefferson Davis schools launching website

    September 27, 2014 1:52 PM

    JENNINGS, La. (AP) - The Jefferson Davis Parish School Board is launching a redesigned website that officials say should be easier to use. Superintendent Brian Lejeune tells The American Press the site has a more professional appearance. Lejeune says the site has been in redevelopment for about three months. It... more »
  • Lafayette School Board Discusses Charter Schools Play Video

    May 10, 2014 11:57 PM

    Today Lafayette Parish School Board Members met for a round table retreat to discuss controversial topics concerning the school system. One of these topics being: New Charter Schools arriving to Lafayette Parish. These charter schools were denied by the school board at first, but then appealed by filing type two... more »
  • Iberia school board sells 2 vacant schools

    February 26, 2014 7:03 AM

    NEW IBERIA, La. (AP) - The Iberia Parish School Board accepted $250,000 for the sale of two of its old school properties, while another vacant school, Jeanerette Middle, is still on the market. Earlier this month, the Iberia Parish School Board accepted offers of $75,000 for the former Lee Street... more »
  • State certifies 3 language immersion schools

    February 19, 2014 7:01 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana Department of Education has certified three schools in five locations as world language immersion schools. They are the International School of Louisiana, which has two campuses in New Orleans and one in Metairie, and two schools in Baton Rouge - Westdale Middle School... more »
  • 2014-2015 Pre-K Parade

    February 10, 2014 8:20 AM

    The first Monday of each month, Superintendent of Lafayette Parish Schools, Dr. Pat Cooper visits GMA. Today the topic of discussion was the Pre-K Parade for the 2014-2015 school year. February 15 there will be two opportunities to receive information and shop the early learning programs in Lafayette Parish. The... more »
  • Sides disagree on building 3 Tangipahoa schools

    January 3, 2014 7:10 AM

    AMITE, La. (AP) - Tangipahoa Parish School Board officials and attorneys for plaintiffs in the board's ongoing desegregation lawsuit are battling over whether the board has enough money to build three new elementary schools as required by the board's 2010 federal desegregation order. Nelson Taylor, the lead attorney for the... more »
  • Lafourche Parish schools chief to get new SUV

    October 1, 2013 10:05 AM

    THIBODAUX, La. (AP) - Lafourche Parish Schools Superintendent Jo Ann Matthews will receive a new $40,668 white Ford Expedition soon thanks to the district's taxpayers. Business Manager Don Gaudet says the vehicle, which will serve as her personal and professional transportation, will be the second one purchased by the school... more »
  • Rats Found in Lafayette Parish Schools

    September 25, 2013 6:29 PM

    Some say rodents are a growing problem in Lafayette Parish Schools. This school year, 11 schools have filed a total of 18 work orders have been filed reporting rodent issues in Lafayette Parish schools. Carencro High has filed five work orders, the most reports this school year. Following closely... more »
  • Court declares Ouachita schools unitary

    August 15, 2013 9:26 AM

    Ouachita Parish School District will no longer be required to seek approval from the U.S. District Court before making changes within the district. In a ruling issued Tuesday, The News-Star reports the court officially declared the district "unitary." Superintendent Bob Webber called the ruling "monumental" for Ouachita Parish after 47... more »
  • Lafayette eyes charter schools

    July 22, 2013 8:24 AM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - A charter school has never been approved in Lafayette Parish, but that may be about to change. Two national groups - Charter Schools USA and National Heritage Academies - have asked for permission to open a total of four charter schools in the district. Charter schools... more »
  • Levee Nearly Complete Around Vermilion Parish School

    July 19, 2013 6:25 PM

    As we head into the peak of hurricane season and the start of a new school year. Contractors are working to complete a levee project in Vermilion Parish. The levee is to protect two schools, no strangers to flooding. Forked Island E Broussard Elementary is used to cleaning... more »
  • Search is on for teachers in Lafayette Parish

    July 16, 2013 7:16 PM

    Principals across Lafayette Parish are waiting for the green light to fill open teaching positions. At the end of the past school year, there were over 400 teacher openings. That's now down to 90. Administrators say they have 85 eligible candidates waiting to fill those spots. The school... more »
  • Four Charter Schools Could be Built in Lafayette

    May 14, 2013 7:12 PM

    Four charter schools could soon be on the way for Lafayette Parish. Wednesday afternoon, the school board will consider partnering with Charter Schools USA. Like other charter schools, those with this company would run on private donations and some public funds. Charter USA requires parental involvement and teacher... more »
  • 3 arrested for ransacking 2 Baton Rouge schools

    April 22, 2013 8:28 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - East Baton Rouge Parish deputies have arrested three people who allegedly broke into and ransacked two Baton Rouge schools. Sheriff's spokeswoman Casey Rayborn Hicks said in an email to The Advocate the trio broke into LaBelle Aire Elementary School through a classroom window at about... more »
  • St. Tammany schools move to online job system

    April 22, 2013 8:16 AM

    COVINGTON, La. (AP) - St. Tammany Parish public schools system plan to launch an online employment application system in May. The Times-Picayune reports the system will stop accepting paper applications starting May 2. School officials say the online application system will begin on May 7.
  • Woman's Foundation Classroom and Schools

    April 1, 2013 6:21 AM

    Woman's Foundation, Inc. is offering programs offered by the Community Education department at Woman's Foundation, Inc. The Classroom and Schools initiative consist learning programs such as: Kids on the Geaux, Puberty Program, Safe Sitter, Tweens/Teens with Life Choices, Parents and the a Law program. The classes are held from April... more »
  • Assistant hire continues driving drama at LPSS

    March 5, 2013 6:33 PM

    While Lafayette Parish Public Schools Superintendent Pat Cooper has repeated his support for Special Assistant Thad Welch, the hiring of his former school maintenance and transportation director from McComb, Miss., has raised questions among school board members, especially after they learned that Welch does not have a high school diploma... more »
  • Lawmaker Goes Undercover in the Classroom

    February 22, 2013 7:31 PM

    Acadiana teachers are hopeful after an education forum sponsored by the Louisiana Association of Educators and KATC. More than one hundred twenty people attended Thursday night's forum at the David Thibodeaux Stem Academy in Lafayette and it was one of the largest crowds so far. Louisiana Association of Educators... more »
  • Teachers Ask for Help With Discipline Issues, Stress in Classroom

    November 7, 2012 11:41 PM

    With more than 140 arrests in Lafayette Parish Schools, and growing stress for teachers in the classroom, the Lafayette Parish School Board is turning it's focus to fixing disciplinary problems. Head of School Resource Officers(RSO), Sgt. Mark Francis, said the total number of arrests isn't out of the ordinary... more »
  • 613 fewer students enroll in Baton Rouge schools

    October 8, 2012 8:32 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Despite losing hundreds of children to private schools through the new state voucher program, the East Baton Rouge Parish public school system's enrollment is roughly in line with financial projections it made in June. The enrollment figures were a relief to school administrators, who had... more »
  • Lafayette Parish Schools Kick-Off Another Year

    August 11, 2012 12:37 PM

    As buses roll in, so do the changes this school year. Lafayette High implementing a 90-day plan as a roadmap for the year, hoping to improve in every direction. "As far as community, school, academics, extra curricular, the school itself and the way we look." Principal Dr. Patrick... more »
  • Superintendents Gain Control to Hire and Fire

    August 6, 2012 11:15 PM

    Governor Bobby Jindal's education reform is giving new power to superintendents across the state when it comes to hiring and firing faculty and staff. But school board members are voicing their concerns. St. Landry Parish Interim Superintendent Joseph Cassimere appointed a new principal last week at Eunice Elementary, without... more »
  • Tools for Schools Drive is Well Underway

    July 31, 2012 9:13 AM

    Many Acadiana children could use your help getting basic school supplies. With school just weeks away parents are gearing up and hitting the ground running looking for the best deals to make sure their child has the right tools for school. "It's a pretty long list and I... more »
  • Back to the Drawing Board for Lafayette Schools' Master Facilities Plan

    July 11, 2012 11:27 PM

    It's back to the drawing board for Lafayette Parish schools' Master Facilities Plan, after some school board members and the superintendent want to change what was already in place. The Master Facilities Plan was created a few years ago under the previous superintendent and administration. The board spent about... more »
  • Calcasieu Board Says No to Charter Transportation

    July 11, 2012 10:29 AM

    The Calcasieu Parish School Board has denied a request to provide transportation to two charter schools for the 2012-2013 school year. The Lake Charles Charter Academy Foundation has requested a partnership involving Lake Charles Charter Academy, Southwest Louisiana Charter Academy, and the district regarding transportation. The foundation says the law... more »
  • Report examines Orleans schools progress, problems

    July 11, 2012 6:59 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A new report says the Louisiana Recovery School District, which runs most New Orleans public schools, has undertaken a much needed effort to transform the city's chronically failing high schools by turning them over to charter groups, phasing them out or closing them. The report by... more »
  • Ascension Parish schools expand iPad use

    July 9, 2012 7:27 AM

    DONALDSONVILLE, La. (AP) - The Ascension Parish school system could become one of the first districts in the state to hand a personal computing device to each of its middle and high school students. The Advocate reports the school district is expanding its "one-to-one" technology program for the 2012-13 school... more »
  • Slate of new courses set for La. schools

    June 27, 2012 8:33 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana is about to become what officials call the first state to launch a huge expansion of how courses are offered to public school students, with private firms, colleges and even former teachers expected to enter a revamped education system. The Advocate reports education leaders... more »
  • Irregularities in testing at 2 Bienville schools

    May 16, 2012 9:20 AM

    ARCADIA, La. (AP) - An investigation by the Bienville Parish School Board has concluded that student testing irregularities occurred at two schools. Results of the investigations at Gibsland-Coleman School in Gibsland and Crawford Elementary in Arcadia have been turned over to the state Department of Education and the state superintendent... more »
  • St. Bernard Parish schools awarded $148M by FEMA

    May 2, 2012 5:40 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Federal Emergency Management Agency has awarded more than $148 million in additional Hurricane Katrina recovery funding to the St. Bernard Parish school board. FEMA said the grant award announced Tuesday brings the total amount of federal funds awarded to the school board after the 2005... more »
  • Overhaul of Lafayette Schools Central Office Staff

    April 30, 2012 7:02 PM

    Major changes in Lafayette Parish Schools' staffing is in the works. The superintendent plans to create new positions, eliminate others and change the roles of some central office staff. Superintendent Dr. Pat Cooper said his plan is to move more staff out of the central office and into schools. ... more »
  • Vermilion schools ramp up hiring for new year

    April 25, 2012 7:44 AM

    ABBEVILLE, La. (AP) - The Vermilion Parish School Board is seeking 72 new employees for the new school year. Charlotte Waguespack, assistant superintendent of personnel and administration, tells The Advocate the majority of vacancies for the 2012-13 school year are classroom teacher spots with at least seven support positions available.... more »
  • Drug Testing Could be Offered at Lafayette Parish Schools Next Fall

    April 13, 2012 6:43 PM

    Students in Lafayette Parish public schools could be drug tested as soon as next year. Superintendent Dr. Pat Cooper said the drug tests would be voluntary, by parents' choice, free, and confidential. There would also be no punishment for students who test positive. "It's non-punitive, if you get... more »
  • Charter schools hold teacher job fair

    April 11, 2012 6:29 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A group of charter schools in New Orleans is hoping to draw interest from certified teachers at a job fair set for late April. The Eastbank Collaborative of Charter Schools holds its annual Certified Teacher Fair on Saturday, April 28, at Xavier University. Other organizations supporting... more »
  • Superintendent Cooper Presents Turnaround Plan For Lafayette Parish Schools

    April 5, 2012 1:07 AM

    At Wednesday night's Lafayette Parish School Board meeting, Superintendent Pat Cooper presented his turnaround plan for the district. Over the next six years, Cooper is proposing big changes to improve the school system's standing with the Department of Education, from its current "C-rating" to an "A." "It's going... more »
  • Superintendent of Lafayette Parish Schools

    April 2, 2012 9:38 AM

    The first Monday of each month, Superintendent of Lafayette Parish Schools, Pat Cooper, visits GMA. Today's topic: The turn around plan "100 in 100 out". On Wednesday, April 4th, 2012 the plan will be open to the public at a community meeting. More details are available on the turn... more »
  • St. Landry Schools Consider 2 Budget Plans

    March 24, 2012 2:11 PM

    The St. Landry Parish School Board has approved two cost-reduction proposals and will submit them to a state legislative auditor's review committee. The Advocate reports ( that a short-term plan would save the district $3.3 million by July 1, and averting a budget deficit. The second proposal, more long-term in... more »
  • Iberia board votes to consolidate schools

    March 22, 2012 10:42 AM

    NEW IBERIA, La. (AP) - Despite calls from parents to keep Jeanerette Middle School open, the Iberia Parish School Board has voted 8-4 to merge the middle school with Jeanerette Senior High. Felicia Hearst, Jeanerette Middle School custodian and a parent of a former student at the school, said on... more »
  • Some Schools Closing as Teachers Set to Rally in Capitol

    March 14, 2012 12:07 AM

    Hundreds, if not thousands, of teachers from all over Louisiana are planning to rally in Baton Rouge Wednesday and Thursday to protest the Governor's education reform plans. The number of Acadiana teachers planning to attend the rally has led some parishes to cancel public school. Jeff Davis Parish will... more »
  • Update: Crowley Public Schools NOT Closed

    March 9, 2012 9:42 AM

    Crowley's Public Schools are OPEN today. Acadia Parish Superintendent Johnny Bourque says if you kept your child home this morning but would like to sign them in, you may do so. If you choose not to, their absence WILL BE excused. As of 7:54AM, electricity had been fully restored in... more »
  • East Baton Rouge schools chief search to take time

    January 16, 2012 9:48 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The search for the next East Baton Rouge Parish school superintendent is taking longer than expected and could easily stretch into February. Six semifinalists are from Baton Rouge, Del Rio, Texas; Baltimore; Conyers, Ga.; the North Carolina education department, and Charleston County, S.C The Advocate... more »
  • Survey: La. schools score high on accountability

    January 13, 2012 10:12 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A national education publication's annual ranking of state education efforts is again a mixed bag for Louisiana, with high scores for standards and accountability but a failing grade for overall student achievement in grades kindergarten through 12. Education Week released the results of its annual "Quality... more »
  • Livingston schools face more financial hurdles

    January 6, 2012 9:56 AM

    LIVINGSTON, La. (AP) - The president of the Livingston Parish school board says finances again will be the major challenge facing the school system in 2012. Malcolm Sibley says the board would be tasked with increasing capacity because of the parish's continued growth. The school board declared a financial exigency,... more »
  • Dr. Pat Cooper Selected for Lafayette Superintendent Job

    December 15, 2011 12:20 AM

    In a special meeting Wednesday night, the Lafayette Parish School Board selected Dr. Pat Cooper as the top candidate for the superintendent job. "I think it was his energy, his energy and his ability to get a lot of people to the table," said board president Mark Babineaux. ... more »
  • Several Lafayette Parish Schools Spruced-Up

    November 19, 2011 6:41 PM

    Six Lafayette Parish Schools got a makeover this weekend. UL students rolling up their sleeves and a little change of pace for these students especially for a Saturday. Armed with scrapers, sanders, and paint brushes nearly two dozen UL students partnered up with the United Way of Acadiana spent... more »
  • Top 3 Candidates for Lafayette Parish Superintendent

    November 16, 2011 12:11 AM

    In a special meeting Tuesday night, the Lafayette Parish School Board narrowed down the list of candidates in the running for superintendent. The top three candidates to replace Superintendent Burnell Lemoine are: Dr. Donald W. Aguillard, Dr. Pat Cooper and Dr. Walter Gonsoulin. The board is expected to... more »
  • School Tax Fails, School Board Considers Options

    October 24, 2011 10:35 PM

    Lafayette Public Schools will have to find a new way to pay for repairs, after two tax millages aimed at updating some public schools failed at the polls on Saturday. For the Lafayette Parish School Board, it's now time to regroup and star discussing what to do now after... more »
  • Open Houses Show What's Wrong with Lafayette Schools

    October 10, 2011 11:14 PM

    Lafayette Parish Schools each hosted open houses Monday night to show the public what's wrong with the schools, as an effort to inform tax payers about the $561 million bond to fund the LPSS Master Facilities Plan. Under the plan seven schools would be rebuilt, including the Parish's two... more »
  • Patchy data clouds view of civil rights in schools

    July 22, 2011 10:59 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Researchers have long found differences in how schools and juvenile facilities discipline minority and white students, but inconsistent data collection has made analysis difficult. An increase in civil rights complaints arising from disciplinary actions has caught the eye of the U.S. Department of Education. Currently,... more »
  • Iberia Parish schools getting upgrades

    June 21, 2011 9:48 AM

    NEW IBERIA, La. (AP) - Work continues in Iberia Parish this summer to complete $60 million in new construction, renovations and upgrades approved by voters in 2009. Iberia Parish school Superintendent Dale Henderson tells The Advocate the district recently broke ground for the construction of Loreauville Elementary School, and a... more »
  • Congratulations Class of 2011

    May 22, 2011 12:32 AM

    Congratulations to the class of 2011! Saturday, all Lafayette Public School seniors got to walk across the stage, and slide their tassels over. Graduation ceremonies were held at the Cajundome where thousands of diplomas were handed out to the now high school grads.
  • Flooding Ends Year at Assumption Schools

    May 19, 2011 8:10 AM

    NAPOLEONVILLE, La. (AP) - Assumption Parish public school students will not have to attend classes next week because of concerns over potential flooding threats posed by the Mississippi River. The school board voted Wednesday to end the 2010-11 school year on Friday. Superintendent Earl Martinez tells The Advocate that parish... more »
  • Board Ends Block Scheduling, Students Outraged

    May 19, 2011 4:34 AM

    Wednesday night, the Lafayette Parish School Board voted to end block scheduling at high schools in the parish. That scheduling format has been in place in Lafayette high schools since 2004, allowing students to take 4 classes each day, every other day. That allowed them the opportunity to take... more »
  • Technology Boosting Education

    February 16, 2011 7:25 PM

    New interactive curricula are being presented to Louisiana school boards, including those in Acadiana. They are updated materials for schools who are already using technology in classrooms, like N.P. Moss Middle School's STEM Academy. "When I first started in 1985, everything was paper and pencil and chalkboards," said Patti... more »
  • Flu Hitting Acadiana Schools Hard

    January 25, 2011 9:56 PM

    Flu activity appears to be peaking in Louisiana and here in Acadiana this week. And that can certainly be seen in some local school, with one school in Lafayette reporting roughly 10 percent of its students out sick this week. "I know in her class there was 5 or... more »
  • Pro-football Player Teams Up With Local Schools for Camp

    January 24, 2011 9:26 PM

    The NFL is coming to Acadiana as part of a special camp for kids in March. Pro-football player Kyries Hebert is heading up the camp as part of his Ky Cares Foundation. He was born and raised in Eunice, a Ragin Cajun Defensive MVP and an NFL Record Holder.... more »
  • Carnegie recognizes 2 La., 4 Miss. schools

    January 6, 2011 6:04 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching recognizes four Mississippi colleges and universities and two in Louisiana for working with their communities. They're among 154 schools that applied for the community engagement classification, and 115 which received it this week. The Mississippi institutions are Millsaps... more »
  • SPLC takes state-run N.O. schools to task

    December 2, 2010 9:26 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A civil rights organization complained Thursday about discipline practices and a lack of services for children with disabilities in New Orleans public schools that were taken over by the state after Hurricane Katrina. The Southern Poverty Law Center said only 6.8 percent of students with disabilities... more »
  • Two Cameron Parish Schools Receive FEMA Funding to Repair, Rebuild

    November 5, 2010 3:40 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Federal Emergency Management Agency recently announced more than $19.2 millionin federal aid for two schools in Cameron Parish. This recent FEMA funding includes approximately $17 million to rebuild Johnson Bayou High School in Cameron, La. Storm surge flooding associated with Hurricane Ike destroyed the K-12... more »
  • Some Acadiana schools CLOSED today for Voting

    November 2, 2010 6:58 AM

    Election day will be a day off for some Acadiana students. Schools in Acadia, St. Martin, St. Mary, Vermilion and Lafayette Parishes will be closed today. Students in Evangeline, Iberia, Jeff Davis and St. Landry Parishes, will report to class.
  • Barnes & Noble Partners with Picard Center to Provide Books to PreK Children in Seven Acadiana School Districts

    November 1, 2010 3:29 PM

    LAFAYETTE, La. - In the spirit of the holiday season, Barnes & Noble is hosting its annual Holiday Book Drive to give the gift of literacy to children in Acadiana. The Barnes & Noble Holiday Book Drive is an annual program that provides customers with the opportunity to purchase a... more »
  • Monroe Schools Set Higher GPA for Extra Activities

    October 23, 2010 6:11 PM

    MONROE, La. (AP) - High school students in Monroe who want to play football, march in the band or take part in other extra activities will be held to higher academic standards next school year. The Monroe City School Board's new policy manual requires students to pass six courses each... more »
  • CORRECTION: Some Schools Get Time Off in Early November

    October 21, 2010 4:14 PM

    Many Acadiana public schools have adjusted their school calendars due to election day and voting precincts located in the public schools. Students in the following districts DO NOT report to school Election Day, November 2: Acadia Parish Lafayette Parish St. Martin Parish St. Mary Parish These districts... more »
  • UPDATE: Schools on Lockdown, Search for Alleged Killer Turns Up Nothing

    October 20, 2010 1:00 PM

    Iberia Parish placed four schools on lockdown around 10:00 a.m. as a precaution due to the search for escaped inmate Paul Collins Jr. Tips led authorities to an apartment complex off Rogers Street. Due to their proximity to the search, Johnston Elementary, Hopkins Elementary, Park Elementary and Anderson Middle... more »
  • St. Martin Schools In Session Tomorrow

    October 19, 2010 9:36 PM

    Following the incident that occurred today at the St. Martin Parish Correctional Center, and after conferring with the St. Martin Parish Sheriff's Office, St. Martin Parish School Officials determined that all public schools in St. Martin Parish, including Trinity Catholic, will be in session tomorrow.
  • Plan for St. Martin Parish Schools Still On Lockdown

    October 19, 2010 2:53 PM

    According to St. Martin Parish School Superintendent, Mr. Richard Lavergne: due to the lock down situation currently in place at the St. Martin Parish Schools, students on buses will be dropped at home and students who walk will be maintained at school under supervision until a parent or guardian arrives... more »
  • Anti-Gay Harassment Prompting Schools to Rethink Efforts Against Bullying

    October 8, 2010 3:47 PM

    NEW YORK (AP) - A spate of teen suicides linked to anti-gay harassment is prompting school officials nationwide to rethink their efforts against bullying - and in the process, risk entanglement in a bitter ideological debate. The conflict: Gay-rights supporters insist that any effective anti-bullying program must include specific... more »
  • 4 Star School

    October 7, 2010 7:47 PM

    School performance scores were released Thursday by the Louisiana Department of Education. Among the results, was some good news for the Lafayette Parish School System. The district is now home to six 4-star schools, more than any other district in Acadiana. Joining Woodvale Elementary and Paul Breaux Middle, from last... more »
  • Central Schools to do Urine Test for Drugs

    September 28, 2010 10:53 AM

    CENTRAL, La. - The Central Community school system will test its students for drugs using hair samples, but not for at least two more weeks. The school board unanimously voted Monday to immediately restart urinalysis drug testing for students until a more-detailed policy for hair testing is crafted. Board President... more »
  • Obama: Money Alone Can't Help Schools

    September 27, 2010 8:42 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama on Monday called for a longer school year for students and the removal of the worst-performing teachers as he sought to give a prominent boost to his education agenda. Asked in an interview if he supported a year-round school year, Obama said: "The idea... more »
  • Superintendent Contract Extension Approved

    September 2, 2010 10:06 AM

    Lafayette Parish Schools Superintendent Burnell Lemoine's contract has been extended. Board members approved that contract extension during Wednesday evening's school board meeting. Lemoine's original contract was set to expire on December 31, 2010. It will now be one year longer. Along with the extension, he also gets a 2.5% salary... more »
  • $1.8 Billion Coming for Orleans Schools

    August 25, 2010 8:22 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Sen. Mary Landrieu says she's been informed by President Barack Obama's administration that New Orleans schools are about to get $1.8 billion in federal money to cover damages from Hurricane Katrina. Landrieu said in a news release Wednesday that the announcement will be made by the... more »
  • St. Landry Crime Stoppers Presenting Billboards to Local High Schools

    August 24, 2010 12:02 PM

    St. Landry Crime Stoppers is presenting the high schools in St. Landry Parish with a large 4ft by 8ft billboard to be placed at the schools. This is being done in hopes the students take part in the crime stoppers program, making schools in St Landry parish a safe... more »
  • Lafayette Unveils Technical High School

    August 17, 2010 4:35 PM

    Lafayette's newest high school-- Thibodaux Career and Technical High School-- opened Tuesday. It is temporarily housed at Acadiana Technical College. The students say they are getting ready for the real world. Academically motivated high school freshman Vanessa Sullivan says this school was the obvious choice for her.... more »
  • Iberia Sheriff's Office Reminds You Schools Are Open And Watch For Kids

    August 16, 2010 4:46 PM

    The Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office would like to remind motorists in Iberia Parish that schools are opening and to watch for school buses and children at bus stops. Sheriff Ackal has deputies monitoring school zones for traffic violators; therefore, motorist should also be aware of their speed and obey posted... more »
  • Enrollment Increases in Lafayette Parish Schools

    August 13, 2010 8:47 AM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Preliminary first-day-of-school counts show enrollment is up in Lafayette Parish schools. The district reported that 25,008 students in grades 1-12 attended the first day of school Thursday. The tally is up from last year's first-day count of 24,687 students. Those numbers are expected to grow as... more »
  • Homeless Children Get Donated School Supplies

    August 11, 2010 7:02 PM

    Thousands of homeless kids are headed back to school across Acadiana and your generosity is helping their education. KATC's Tools for Schools drive ended Sunday August 8th. This week at the Vermilion Conference Center in Lafayette, the Homeless Division is being flooded with families. Hundreds of backpacks loaded with essentials... more »
  • Metal Detectors Set for Iberia Schools

    August 9, 2010 8:50 AM

    NEW IBERIA, La. (AP) - Iberia Parish high schools and middle schools soon will be using metal detectors. Superintendent Dale Henderson said that each high school will receive two metal detectors, while middle schools and the alternative school will get one each. The metal detectors are portable, and Henderson said... more »
  • Lafayette Parish Teachers Learning Suicide Prevention

    August 4, 2010 6:04 PM

    Comeaux High teacher, Hilary Leblanc, said "I once had a young golfer who committed suicide and it was a traumatic event for me and the members of our golf team." Leblanc has seen the devastation of suicide first hand and says he never noticed any warning signs. "A... more »
  • Lafayette Board to Grade Schools Chief

    August 3, 2010 9:43 AM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - The Lafayette Parish School Board will evaluate Superintendent Burnell Lemoine's performance at its regular meeting Wednesday. Lemoine has received high marks on past evaluations. His contract is set to expire Dec. 31, the same day the current board's term expires. The school board also will take... more »
  • Public Schools in Livingston Parish Won't Teach Creationism

    August 2, 2010 11:10 AM

    LIVINGSTON, La. (AP) - Public schools in Livingston Parish won't teach creationism this year, but some board members say they might consider adding it to the curriculum in the future. Marjorie Esman, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana, tells the Advocate newspaper that the school district... more »
  • Schools Deemed "Academically Unacceptable" - Shrank Slightly This Year

    July 27, 2010 5:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The list of Louisiana's public schools deemed failing in the state's accountability system - given the label "academically unacceptable" - shrank slightly this year. The state Department of Education released data Tuesday that showed 12 schools dropped the label in the just-ended 2009-10 school year,... more »
  • Safe & Drug Free Schools Program: Funding Cut

    May 19, 2010 6:37 PM

    Another educational program feels the blow of budget cuts. The State's "Safe and Drug Free Schools" Program will not receive federal funding for the upcoming school year. The program has been implemented in Lafayette Parish for over 30 years. Supervisor of the Lafayette Parish program, Maxine Hamilton, says parents... more »
  • Bullying in Lafayette Schools

    May 10, 2010 11:06 PM

    The recent spotlight on bullying cases across the nation may have you questioning how safe your child is in the Lafayette Parish School System. Maxine Hamilton, the Safe and Drug Free Schools Supervisor in Lafayette, said "We're seeing bullying incidents with young kids basically from kindergarten through 12th grade."... more »
  • Dilworth: Staying on as EBR Schools Chief

    May 7, 2010 9:47 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - East Baton Rouge Parish Superintendent JohnBATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - East Baton Rouge Parish Superintendent John Dilworth has changed his mind about leaving his job. Dilworth announced Thursday that he is rescinding the resignation that he submitted April 16. Dilworth credited his reversal to what he... more »
  • Students Displaced By Katrina Gains In Texas Schools

    April 7, 2010 1:35 PM

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Students displaced by 2005's Hurricane Katrina are making academic gains in Texas schools. The Texas Education Agency has released results of a study that tracked the progress of Katrina students. Katrina devastated coastal states in August 2005, sending more than 46,000 young evacuees from Louisiana, Mississippi,... more »
  • N.P. Moss Begins New Era

    March 19, 2010 1:57 PM

    It has been a long struggle for N.P. Moss Middle School in Lafayette, but their work is far from done. For months the school thought they may close to make way for a technical high school, but N.P. Moss is staying put, thanks in part to the help of... more »
  • Local Schools Collect Beads To Benefit LARC

    March 11, 2010 3:26 PM

    Local schools have taken part in the annual bead drive to benefit LARC of Acadiana. Fourth and fifth grade 4-H students of Live Oak Elementary recently held a Mardi Gras Bead drive for LARC. Coordinator of the club, Ms. Allison Canter, said the students were excited to recycle... more »
  • THE RANT: Should Corporal Punishment Be Used In Schools?

    March 4, 2010 3:51 PM

    What do you think about this story? Do you believe that corporal punishment has a place in Louisiana's public schools? Do you think parents should be able to 'allow' teachers to use corporal punishment as a means of discipline? CLICK HERE TO RANT or EMAIL HOYT.HARRIS@KATCTV.COM Jennings... more »
  • State Identifies Schools Succeeding Through Challenges

    January 27, 2010 11:03 AM

    BATON ROUGE, LA - For the last three years, the Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) has sought to identify and honor schools that are overcoming the challenges associated with educating large populations of poor and minority children. Today, the Department released the latest list of High Performing, High Poverty Schools.... more »
  • Vermillion Parish School Board Budget Cuts

    January 22, 2010 6:59 PM

    Inside the Vermillion Parish School Board office, the numbers are flying around like a football thrown by Drew Brees on a Sunday afternoon. "We started about two months ago brainstorming amongst the supervisory staff," Says Chief Finacial Officer Phil Sellers. What they came up with was a way... more »
  • School Closure List

    January 7, 2010 7:09 PM

    As of 6:30am Friday: Calcasieu Parish Schools Acadiana Christian Academy in Opelousas Pope John Paul II Academy in Carencro Good Shepard Montessori Campuses in Opelousas and Port Barre Also, Bethel Baptist school is closed today due to power outage.
  • Breaux Bridge Primary named one of 35 High Performing/ High Poverty Schools

    January 6, 2010 1:08 PM

    Breaux Bridge Primary Named One of the 35 High Performing/ High Poverty Schools in Louisiana. Congratulations goes out to Breaux Bridge Primary for being named one of the 35 High Performing/High Poverty Schools for this school year in Louisiana. The criteria required is that the school earn a School... more »
  • More School Districts to Distribute H1N1 Vaccine

    October 20, 2009 6:44 PM

    Louisiana's death toll from the swine flu has risen to 24. According to the health department, four more residents have died. Meanwhile, plans are being finalized to protect children from the virus. Several parishes in Acadiana are going forward with plans to vaccinate students. School districts in Jeff Davis, St.... more »

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