John White: Teacher Pay Increases Have to Happen Now
Posted on 8/16/2018 1:43:00 PM.

State Superintendent of Education John White says it's time to start paying the state's teachers more money. As a guest on Talk Louisiana with Jim Engster this morning, White discussed the recovery of the economy and increased stability in the budget, now is the time to make sure teacher’s pay is keeping up with competition in other states and other industries.

Teachers, John White, Budget, Education, STEM

Senate Education committee passes public school prayer bill
Posted on 4/20/2018 11:19:00 AM.
The Senate Education committee moved a measure that allows public school teachers to pray with students. The bill would further existing law that allows school employees to volunteer to supervise voluntary student-initiated, student-led prayer. Bossier City Senator Ryan Gatti.
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Rep. Frank Hoffman proposes changes teacher tenure requirements
Posted on 3/12/2018 2:29:00 AM.

Governor John Bel Edwards released his legislative agenda aimed at improving the well-being of children and seniors. One of the bills included is West Monroe Representative Frank Hoffman’s proposal to reduce the requirements necessary for public school teachers to obtain tenure. Hoffman says the current requirements are unfair to educators.

Frank Hoffman, education, teachers, tenure

Study finds public school teachers miss more school that charter school educators
Posted on 9/21/2017 2:16:00 AM.

A Fordham Institute study finds 28% of public school teachers missed more than 10 days of work compared to charter school teachers at 10%. But Louisiana Federation of Teachers spokesperson Les Landon says Fordham skews data to show public education isn’t doing well. He says the report also claims generous collective bargaining agreements lead to an increase in teacher absences.

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Two teachers arrested in St. Landry Parish for bullying student
Posted on 4/27/2017 3:56:00 AM.

Authorities in St. Landry Parish have arrested two Washington Elementary School teachers for allegedly bullying a student. Sheriff Bobby Guidroz says the received reports from a parent that 44-year-old Ann Shelvin would tell her 11-year-old student to fight her classmates or Shelvin would fail her.

St. Landry Parish Sheriff, Bobby Guidroz, teachers, bullying

Report: Changes to tenure protections led to more teachers leaving classrooms
Posted on 2/22/2017 11:23:00 AM.

A study out of Tulane finds 1,700 public school teachers have left their jobs in Louisiana because of a tougher tenure law that took effect two years ago. That’s a three-percent loss of the state’s teacher workforce.

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Study finds Louisiana has low teacher attraction
Posted on 9/20/2016 9:30:00 AM.

The US is facing a teacher shortage, and a new study from the Learning Policy Institute finds Louisiana ranks in the second lowest category for teacher attraction. President of the Louisiana Association of Educators, Debbie Meaux, says a lot of teachers are leaving the profession, and fewer people becoming teachers.

Debbie Meaux, Louisiana Association of Educators, teachers

Edwards makes first address as Governor-elect
Posted on 11/24/2015 12:05:00 PM.
Governor-elect John Bel Edwards made his first address since winning Saturday's election at the annual Louisiana Federation of Teachers convention in Lake Charles.  Edwards told teachers that he will insist on a greater accountability of charter schools and push for more autonomy for local school systems.
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92% of Louisiana teachers receive effective grade
Posted on 10/22/2014 1:52:00 PM.
The Louisiana Department of Education released a report today on the evaluation of public school teachers.  The report shows 92% of teachers received an "effective" grade. 
Department of Education, John White, teachers, Compass rating

Teachers Union Prez: Teacher Exodus Due to Flawed New Evaluation System
Posted on 7/10/2013 8:26:00 PM.

Louisiana teachers are retiring at a higher rate than seen in many years, and one teachers' union says it's due to new teacher evaluations. Louisiana Association of Educators president Joyce Haynes says longtime teachers are opting out--citing the new Value Added Method of performance review as the reason.
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