Louisiana Department of Education Receives $9M Grant for Mental Health Programs
Posted on 9/17/2018 6:57:00 PM.

Louisiana will receive $1.8 million annually over five years after receiving a grant from the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The funding will be used to establish a comprehensive Louisiana School Mental Health Support Program within thirty-four schools throughout Louisiana. Louisiana Department of Education spokesperson Sydni Dunn says it’ll help provide special training to school personnel.

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Louisiana leads the nation in FAFSA applicants
Posted on 7/9/2018 6:49:00 PM.

Louisiana now leads the nation when it comes to student applications for federal aid to attend college. Louisiana had one of the lowest FAFSA completion rates in the nation in 2015, and Stephanie Markham with the Louisiana Department of Education says there's now a policy requiring all graduating high schoolers to fill out financial aid forms.

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Tips to keep kids learning in the summer
Posted on 6/8/2018 6:01:00 AM.

The summertime is here and while kids may be enjoying time away from the classroom, the experts say it’s an important time to make sure they stay engaged in learning. So what are the best ways to do that?

The State Department of Education’s Rebecca Kockler says it is important for adults to keep learning exciting for kids during the summer break and that parents should.
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Louisiana two-million short on voucher funds
Posted on 3/17/2018 10:30:00 AM.

Louisiana is two million dollars short on its funding for voucher students this year. The money is appropriated every June, and covers the cost of state students to attend charter and private schools, instead of public schools.

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State Education Department launches teacher recruitment campaign
Posted on 2/21/2018 10:14:00 AM.
The State Department of Education is launching the “Be Irreplaceable. Be a Teacher” campaign. Teacher of the Year Kim Eckert announced the 100-thousand-dollar campaign which is an effort to convince high school and college students to make a career in the teaching profession.
"There aren't that many careers where you have a direct impact or a direct pulse on what you want the future to look like."
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Annual school performance scores remain steady for third straight year
Posted on 11/7/2017 12:05:00 PM.

Louisiana’s Superintendent of Education John White released the annual school performance scores for the 2016-2017 year. White says the scores have remained steady for the third consecutive year. He says Louisiana fourth graders are showing the most improvement in reading and math.

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Dept. of Ed to give more harsh annual school performance scores
Posted on 11/7/2017 5:47:00 AM.

The state Department of Education releases the 2016-2017 annual school performance scores today and this is the last time schools with be graded on a curve.

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State dept. of Education launches website to help parents decide the best K-12 public school
Posted on 11/7/2017 2:02:00 AM.

The state’s education department developed a website to help parents decide the best K-12 public school for their child. The website, louisianaschools.com, launches today.

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Louisiana receives $55-million to improve reading and writing skills of struggling students
Posted on 10/3/2017 5:21:00 PM.
By Jeff Palermo
Louisiana is set to receive 55-million dollars in federal grant money to improve the reading and writing skills of struggling students. State department of education spokesperson Sydni Dunn says the state will receive 18.5 million dollars each year for the next three years and they already know how the money will be allocated. 
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Dept. of Ed to train 500 educators to serve as mentors to future teachers
Posted on 8/25/2017 6:33:00 AM.

Louisiana Department of Education is seeking to train over 500 Louisiana educators to serve as mentors to future teachers.

Assistant Superintendent of Talent Hannah Diestsch says the Bayou State is changing the way teachers learn how to teach. She says the new method will be similar to how medical students become doctors.
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