TOPS task force to propose program changes
Posted on 1/31/2018 3:58:00 AM.

A task force votes today on a series of recommendations they hope will bring long-term sustainability to TOPS. Jennings Senator Blade Morrish says under his proposal many TOPS students would not have their tuition fully paid for anymore.

“We’re lowering the award amount in some cases and raising it in some cases to take care of the best and the brightest,” Morrish said.

TOPS, Blade Morrish, education

New website gives Louisiana teachers a valuable resource
Posted on 11/30/2017 11:52:00 AM.
Louisiana teachers now have access to free teaching materials all with the click of a computer mouse and keyboard. The Louisiana Federation of Teachers Share My Lesson is a free web based site teachers can use to enrich their skills. LFT Spokesman Les Landon explains.
LFT Share My Lesson, Les Landon, education

Louisiana Lottery reports third best year ever
Posted on 8/10/2017 4:41:00 AM.

Despite a slight decrease in revenue, the Louisiana Lottery reported its third best year ever. Lottery spokesperson Dustin Annison says the corporation brought in nearly $455 million in revenue for the 2017 fiscal year.

Dustin Annison, Louisiana Lottery, education

LDOE: ACT scores up for 4th consecutive year; only slightly over 2016
Posted on 8/9/2017 1:38:00 PM.
Michelle Southern reporting. 
The State Department of Education announced today that students in public schools increased average ACT scores for the 4th year in a row, from 19.1 in 2013 to 19.6 today. Superintendent of Education John White said there is also a substantial rise in the number of students achieving college acceptable scores.
louisiana department of education, john white, ACT, education, public schools,

Livingston Parish students head back to school one year after flood
Posted on 8/9/2017 3:36:00 AM.

Livingston Parish students and teachers are looking forward to a year of normalcy as they begin classes today just days ahead of the one year anniversary of the August flood. School superintendent Rick Wentzel says crews worked extensively on 8 flood damaged campuses throughout the summer.

Rick Wentzel, Livingston Parish Schools, flood, education

Some teachers face evaluations tied to student test scores this year
Posted on 8/8/2017 11:27:00 AM.

This school year, some Louisiana teachers will face evaluations that are tied, in part, to student test scores. About 15,000 of the state’s 50,000 educators will be reviewed by the Value Added Model. Brigitte Neiland with the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry specializes in education policy. She says teachers need accountability to ensure the students are learning.

Brigitte Neiland, value added model, teacher evaluations, education

More students choosing home, online schools over classrooms
Posted on 8/7/2017 2:58:00 AM.

More students are getting their education at home instead of traditional classrooms. According to the state department of education, 26,000 students are homeschooled, while 4,000 more are enrolled in online charter schools. Superintendent for University View Academy Lonnie Luce says many families enjoy the flexibility of at-home schooling.

Lonnie Luce, University View Academy, education, charter schools

DOE announces wait list for childcare assistance program
Posted on 6/20/2017 10:31:00 AM.

As demand for state childcare assistance rises, the Department of Education announces beginning July 1, new applicants will be placed on a waiting list. Assistant superintendent of early childhood development Jenna Conway says the federally funded Childcare Assistance Program offers subsidies for working families to choose a childcare provider.

Jenna Conway, DOE, childcare, education, assistance program

Students with disabilities could be protected from corporal punishment
Posted on 5/26/2017 2:34:00 AM.

Students with disabilities would be protected from corporal punishment in public schools under a proposal heading to the Senate floor. Baton Rouge Representative Franklin Foil says his bill would prohibit school employees from spanking students with developmental disabilities.

Franklin Foil, corporal punishment, schools, education

Bill that eliminates education tax credit moves to Senate floor
Posted on 4/18/2017 3:37:00 AM.

As lawmakers look at structural tax reform, a big idea floating around the capitol involves eliminating unnecessary tax exemptions. A bill by New Orleans Senator JP Morrell that would do just that is heading to the Senate floor. The proposal would scrap the education tax credit that parents or guardians are able to claim.

JP Morrell, taxes, tax credits, education, TOPS,

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