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ACLU: ‘Day of Hope’ event for East Baton Rouge students violated civil rights laws

BY: - October 3, 2022

The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana sent a letter Monday to officials with East Baton Rouge Public Schools, warning them that a controversial off-campus event for high school seniors last month likely violated multiple federal laws.  The Sept. 20 event, dubbed a “Day of Hope,” was billed as a college and career fair with […]

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Louisiana Higher Ed: Crime up at LSU, tenure task force update

BY: - September 30, 2022

The Louisiana Illuminator takes a weekly look at news from universities and colleges around the state. Have a tip or want to submit a Louisiana Higher Ed news item? Contact [email protected] Crime on the rise at LSU New data released in LSU’s 2022 annual security and fire safety report indicated that reports of crime on […]

North Carolina A&T University student Jayden Seay speaks as First Lady Jill Biden and Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona look on.

Experts: Better pay, student loan debt relief key to diversifying state’s teacher workforce

BY: - September 29, 2022

GREENSBORO, North Carolina — Jayden Seay, a sophomore education major at North Carolina A&T University, didn’t need any arm-twisting to decide to become a teacher. His dream of teaching started long ago while attending K-12 schools in Woodbridge, Virginia, Seay told an audience welcoming First Lady Jill Biden to the campus earlier this month. Biden […]

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LSU receives prestigious cybersecurity designation

BY: - September 26, 2022

LSU became one of 22 universities to be designated as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations by the National Security Agency. The agency gives the designations to institutions in recognition for advancing operational technologies critical to intelligence and educating high-performing students. Other recognized institutions include Carnegie Mellon, the U.S. Air Force Academy and […]

Louisiana Higher Ed: Eco-sensors, cybersecurity and an apology

BY: - September 23, 2022

The Louisiana Illuminator takes a weekly look at news from universities and colleges around the state. Have a tip or want to submit a Louisiana Higher Ed news item? Contact [email protected]  FUTURE is here  Louisiana Tech, LSU Shreveport and four partner universities have received a $6 million award from the National Science Foundation to create […]

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Court dismisses defamation case surrounding book censorship effort in Louisiana

BY: - September 21, 2022

A Louisiana judge dismissed a defamation lawsuit after hearing arguments Wednesday in a case surrounding book censorship efforts at the Livingston Parish Library.  Livingston Parish resident Ryan Thames, who runs the Facebook page Bayou State of Mind, appeared in court Wednesday afternoon before 21st Judicial District Judge Erika Sledge to seek dismissal of a defamation […]

Louisiana House votes to ban ‘vaccine passports’ that don’t exist yet

Louisiana federal judge blocks COVID vaccine mandate for Head Start staff

BY: - September 21, 2022

A federal judge in Louisiana has issued a permanent injunction to block the Biden administration’s mandate that all Head Start program workers, volunteers and contractors be vaccinated for COVID-19. A temporary injunction had been in place since January after Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry and his counterparts in 23 states filed against the federal government […]

LGBTQ book restrictions get dog-eared in Livingston Parish

BY: - September 21, 2022

LIVINGSTON — A proposal to censor certain books with LGBTQ+ content at the Livingston Parish Library stalled Tuesday night after the library’s board members rejected the move. They deemed the effort an attempt to circumvent their policies and procedures, though the matter could continue indefinitely as conservative activists become familiar with the system.   Livingston Parish […]

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White House counts 608,000 in Louisiana eligible for student debt relief

BY: - September 20, 2022

According to the White House, 608,000 Louisiana residents – or a 13% of the state’s population – will be eligible for student debt relief. Of that number, about 608,000 are eligible for $10,000 in federal student loan forgiveness, including  435,000 eligible for $20,000 in loan forgiveness. The increased forgiveness is for students who received the […]

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An ‘unprecedented flood’ of book bans engulfs U.S. school districts, PEN report says

BY: - September 19, 2022

WASHINGTON — More than 1,600 book titles across 32 states were banned from public schools during the 2021-2022 school year, with the bulk of the ban requests coming from a handful of right-wing groups pushing for censorship of books that feature LGBTQ+ characters and characters of color, a new report issued Monday said. “What I […]

Louisiana Higher Ed: Grants target state teacher, nursing shortages

BY: - September 16, 2022

The Louisiana Illuminator takes a weekly look at news from universities and colleges around the state. Have a tip or want to submit a Louisiana Higher Ed news item? Contact [email protected]  SLU gets grant to address teacher shortage  Southeastern Louisiana University received a grant worth more than $900,000 from the U.S. Department of Education for […]

In annual US News rankings, Xavier among best HBCUs and regional schools

BY: - September 13, 2022

Several Louisiana universities ranked among the top in various categories according to the 2022-2023 US News and World Report rankings released Monday. The annual ratings evaluated data from more than 1,500 schools and evaluated them according to 17 data points, including graduation rates, social mobility, faculty compensation and peer assessment surveys.   In addition to making […]