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  • LPSS Revisiting Health Insurance Debate Tonight

    October 2, 2013 5:14 PM

    Tonight, the Lafayette Parish School Board could choose a new insurance provider for the system. Just a few weeks ago, the board rejected a proposal to switch from Blue Cross to a new company called Key Benefit Administrators. Teachers spoke against the change, saying they were happy with Blue... more »
  • Most teachers pass new evaluations in first year

    September 4, 2013 5:18 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Nearly all public school classroom teachers were deemed effective in the first year that Louisiana's new evaluation system was used statewide, according to data released Tuesday by the Department of Education. The grading system, called Compass, ranked 32 percent of teachers as "highly effective"... more »
  • Displaced Teachers Waiting on New Assignments

    July 25, 2013 6:27 PM

    The Lafayette Parish School System is still working to place more than a dozen teachers back into the classroom. In May, those teachers didn't have a set school they would be working in this coming school year. At the start of the summer, 56 teachers were without assignment.... 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 »
  • La. teachers retiring in high numbers

    July 10, 2013 9:09 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana teachers are continuing to retire at higher-than-usual numbers - more than 7,500 in the last two years. The number of retirements in 2013 increased from the 24 percent increase last year. Dana Vicknair, assistant director at Teachers Retirement System of Louisiana, tells The Advocate... more »
  • Acadiana Teachers Rally at State Capitol

    April 24, 2013 10:26 PM

    Teachers from all over Acadiana hit the steps of the Capitol calling for change. They made it very clear they don't support Governor Bobby Jindal's education proposals, specifically the Act One Legislation. That plan consists of a number of education bills, some deal with teacher evaluations and others would... more »
  • Math Program Teachers selected for math education program

    April 18, 2013 8:46 AM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Fourteen math teachers from Iberia, Lafayette and Vermilion parishes have been selected for the University of Louisiana at Lafayette's "Louisiana Mathematics Masters in the Middle," a professional development program. The Advocate reports the university received a $1.8 million grant from the National Science Foundation to provide... 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 »
  • Caddo to vote on green cards for Filipino teachers

    March 19, 2012 8:55 AM

    SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - The Caddo Parish School Board will vote this week on whether to sponsor 35 teachers from the Philippines for the "green card" that allows permanent U.S. residency. The Times reports the board is expected to approve the plan. It says the teachers are well into their... 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 »
  • St. Landry Teachers Worry Their Jobs are On the Line

    February 27, 2012 11:20 PM

    A $3.9 million budget deficit still looming over the St. Landry Parish School Board. The Board and various committees held three meetings on Monday to address some of the issues pertaining to the budget and impending cuts. With such a deep budget gap, Interim Superintendent Donnie Perron said employee... more »
  • Teachers in Space" becomes "Citizens in Space"

    February 2, 2012 9:19 AM

    Space Center Houston--- The United States Rocket Academy made a surprise announcement at the Space Exploration Educators Conference, which began here today. "Teachers in Space is now Citizens in Space," said Edward Wright, chairman of the United States Rocket Academy and project manager of Teachers in Space. "The... more »
  • Pay mistake is bonus for Franklin Parish teachers

    August 10, 2011 8:58 AM

    WINNSBORO, La. (AP) - Franklin Parish teachers can keep the extra $1,340 they were accidentally paid last year, but the school board says they cannot keep getting that much extra. The Franklin Parish School Board voted 4-3 Monday night to deduct the amount from the check paid after the year's... more »
  • St. Martin Parish School Board Cuts

    April 7, 2011 7:18 PM

    The St. Martin Parish School Board is avoiding a financial crisis by making cuts to their staff. It's a move that is actually getting praise from teachers. "We were pleased with the results," said Latonia Cretian, a teacher at Teche Elementary and president of the St. Martin Federation of... more »
  • Two Louisiana teachers surprised with a national award

    November 1, 2010 4:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - In surprise ceremonies held at their respective schools, Cedarcrest-Southmoor Elementary School teacher Laura Hill and Delhi Charter School teacher Renee Lee Ward learned they were recipients of the prestigious Milken Educator Award. The national award includes a $25,000 cash prize for each of the public school... more »
  • Lawyer: Unions causing flap over Filipino teachers

    September 21, 2010 9:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - An attorney for a California company accused unions of igniting the controversy over Filipino teachers recruited to work in East Baton Rouge Parish and other public-school systems. Universal Placement International is appealing a Louisiana Workforce Commission hearing officer's order that it refund $1.8 million in... more »
  • LA Will Get $147 Million in Federal Funds to Aid Teachers and Other Educators

    September 14, 2010 12:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan says Louisiana will get $147 million in federal funds to aid teachers and other educators. Duncan said Monday that the funds stem from a $26 billion federal bill that backers called a state stimulus measure. The legislation includes a $10... more »
  • AcA's Arts In Education Program-Grant Recipients Announced

    August 30, 2010 1:30 PM

    LAFAYETTE, LA - The AcA's Arts In Education Program is excited to announce the 2009/2010 Round II Arts Grants For Teachers recipients. Through funding provided by the Lafayette Parish School System the AcA was able to administer a total of $11,304 for 2009/2010 school year. A total of 15... more »
  • Lawsuit filed against Filipino teachers' recruiter

    August 5, 2010 9:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A class action lawsuit accuses a California-based business of human trafficking, racketeering and fraud as it brought hundreds of Filipino teachers to Louisiana to work in public schools. The lawsuit was filed in a California federal court on Thursday by the American Federation of Teachers... more »
  • Bill Passed to Prevent Layoffs of Teachers, Police and Other Public Workers

    August 5, 2010 12:40 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Legislation long sought by Democrats to prevent layoffs of tens of thousands of teachers, police and other public workers has passed the Senate. The bill would help states and local school boards deal with severe budget problems. It would preserve the jobs of perhaps 300,000 public employees... more »
  • Broussard Middle Getting Ready for the New Year

    August 3, 2010 7:11 PM

    School hasn't officially started yet, but teachers and faculty at Broussard Middle School are hard at work getting ready for the new school year. Chad Guillory, 6th grade math teacher, said "it's a long process, but that's why you come in early, try to put in those... more »
  • Calcasieu Teachers to Get Salary Increase

    July 14, 2010 8:52 AM

    LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - Despite a projected decrease in sales tax revenues, Calcasieu Parish teachers can expect a salary step increase for the upcoming school year. The $1.3 million general fund revision is the result of better-than-expected sales tax revenues in April and May. The board unanimously approved the... more »
  • Jindal Education Bill: Lawsuit Filed By Teachers Union

    July 1, 2010 1:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A teachers union has sued over a new law pushed by Gov. Bobby Jindal to let public schools waive certain state education regulations. The lawsuit was filed by the Louisiana Federation of Teachers on Thursday - one day after Jindal signed the bill into law.... more »
  • Revamp pension plans for new teachers received final passage

    June 21, 2010 11:56 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A proposal to revamp the statewide retirement programs for new hires, particularly rewriting the pension plans for new teachers, received final passage with a 93-3 House vote Sunday. The measure (House Bill 1337) by Rep. Joel Robideaux, I-Lafayette, would restructure the programs for new employees... more »
  • New Rules For Teachers?

    May 20, 2010 7:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A proposal sought by Gov. Bobby Jindal to grade public school teachers partially based on student test scores is headed to debate by the full Senate. But the Senate Education Committee only approved the measure (House Bill 1033) Thursday after... more »
  • 40 UNO Teachers Warned of Layoffs

    May 14, 2010 10:10 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - About 40 teachers at the University of New Orleans have received letters telling them that the next academic year may be their last with the school. Similar letters earlier went out to non-tenured faculty members at Louisiana State University, Northwestern State University and Nicholls State University.... more »
  • House Agreed To Rewrite Evaluations For Teachers

    May 10, 2010 7:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana House has agreed to a rewriting of evaluations for public school teachers that would partially grade teachers on student test scores. The Jindal-backed initiative won approval Monday from the House in a 68-26 vote. It heads to the Senate for debate. The bill... more »
  • Bill Would Rewrite Evaluation Process for Public School Teachers

    April 28, 2010 5:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A bill pushed by Gov. Bobby Jindal that would rewrite the evaluation process for public school teachers is headed to debate in the Louisiana House. The proposal would rate teachers in part on student test scores and make it easier to dismiss them if they... more »
  • Pre-K Registration

    April 7, 2010 6:49 PM

    Early education programs in Lafayette have filled-up quickly in the past, and the same is expected this year. The Picard Center at UL Lafayette researches Pre-K students in language, print and math. Their latest results show that students who attend these programs, not only get better test scores, but are... more »
  • New Teachers Get More Effective Training

    March 15, 2010 2:29 PM

    Louisiana is fixing education problems before they begin, as the first state to start what's known as a "value-added research project." This program determines the future of Acadiana students. University of Louisiana at Lafayette and other colleges throughout the state see this as an initiative to help find... more »
  • Education salaries grow $8M under Pastorek

    November 27, 2009 2:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Salary costs at Louisiana's education department have jumped 21 percent, and the number of people drawing six-figure paychecks has more than doubled in the two years since Paul Pastorek took charge of the agency. Even as the number of full-time employees dropped, payroll at the... more »
  • $3.7 million approved for Acadia Parish school board employees

    November 4, 2009 3:34 PM

    Acadia parish school board employees will be receiving a financial boost in the upcoming months. Four supplementary employee paychecks totaling about $3.7 million were approved on Monday by the Acadia Parish School Board. Professional employees, teachers and administrators, will receive three paychecks at $700-hundred-dollars each while support personal will get... more »

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