Education

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The Northeast Louisiana Workforce Development Summit is Tuesday, April 24 at 8:30 a.m. The goal of the summit is to build and strengthen relationships between the business industry and education in the Northeast Louisiana region.

The summit begins with opening remarks from Courtney Hornsby, the president of the West Monroe-West Ouachita Chamber of Commerce. Afterward, speakers Larry Alexander of the State Department of Education and Paul Helton of the Louisiana Economic Development are presenting the "Importance of Partnerships."

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A bill requiring the motto “In God We Trust” to be displayed in public schools passed the Senate Education Committee. The legislation by Baton Rouge Senator Regina Barrow mirrors efforts in several other southern states to have the motto displayed prominently in public schools. Barrow says young people are suffering from a lack of proper values.

 

Barrow says the legislation was inspired by a meeting with the governor, where the talk turned to how to best prepare children for the adult world.

 

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A heated exchange between legislators took place during a Senate Education Committee meeting. New Orleans Representative Joe Bouie was discussing a bill placing a moratorium on charter schools and what Tulane University research showed.  He said charter schools disciplinary programs are cruel and that many persons aged 16 to 24 are either out of work or not attending a school. Metairie Senator Conrad Appel became highly offended.

 

New Enviromental Group Starts In NELA

Jan 4, 2018
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The northeast corner of the State of Louisiana now has a chapter of Louisiana Master Naturalists, a statewide environmental education and conservation organization. The first quarterly meeting of 2018 is January 9, 6:30 – 8 p.m., at the Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge Visitor’s Center.

Chris Doffitt of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will speak to the group about the Louisiana Natural Areas Registry program. A business meeting will follow.

Local students read their favorite holiday stories as part of the 90.3 KEDM Give the Joy of Learning reading campaign.  1,700 books were distributed to area 1st and 2nd graders in 13 local schools.   

Layla Calhoun - I Love Christmas by Hans Wihelm

Riley Trappey - Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: Santa's Big Day! from Bendon Publishing

Cruse Flowers - Pete the Cat Saves Christmas by Eric Litwin

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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.

Follow link for scores:   https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/13r4XY9EX5_tK5krUrjMFfFITNAPv9ufldI_JFVkfjQc/edit#gid=0

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Louisiana's education department has created an online tool aimed at helping families evaluate and compare K-12 public schools and child care centers around the state.

The online site, called the Louisiana School Finder, will launch Tuesday at www.LouisianaSchools.com.

The searchable site will list performance scores and ratings for each school and early childhood center; show course offerings and extracurricular activities available by school; and provide basic information about hours of operation, location and website.

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Louisiana's education department is looking for a college in the state willing to be the home base for a teacher training initiative.

The education department released its application for higher education institutions to apply to house the Louisiana Educator Research Consortium for a five-year period.

The college that hosts the consortium will organize research, convene experts from around the state to do research, seek grant financing and work on teacher preparation policy. The college will receive $50,000 in start-up funds to begin the consortium's work.

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A state audit is criticizing how Louisiana's education department monitors charter schools.

 The report from Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera's office found the education department weighed critical and non-critical violations equally in determining school performance ratings. The department, auditors say, should be judging charter schools based on the severity of a violation.

 The education department says it is working to update the scoring system to more adequately account for differences in offense types. 

Start a New Chapter with READ. LEARN. SUCCEED.

Sep 27, 2017
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United Way is excited to enter into its sixth year of the READ. LEARN. SUCCEED. program. Launched in 2012, the READ. LEARN. SUCCEED. program has broadened into 13 schools reaching more than 900 students. 

READ. LEARN. SUCCEED. is a program designed to help get second and third grade students reading at or above their grade level. Over the course of a school year READ. LEARN. SUCCEED. puts anywhere from 5,000 to 6,000 books into the hands of students. 

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