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Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry opposes schools interpreting Title IX to protect against LGBTQ discrimination

BY: - July 9, 2021

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry joined 20 other attorneys general in sending a letter to President Joe Biden expressing their opposition to the U.S. Department of Education’s interpretation of Title IX to prohibit discrimination against LGBTQ people. Title IX is a federal law passed in the 1970s that seeks to protect from sex discrimination anyone […]

Jefferson Parish School Board reaches settlements in two lawsuits over BB gun suspensions

BY: - July 7, 2021

The Jefferson Parish School Board reached a financial settlement with the families of two boys who were suspended for displaying BB guns during virtual classroom instruction and suspended by school officials who accused them of possessing a weapon on school property. The board’s decision to suspend the boys led to local and national outrage from […]

St. Tammany Parish school system promises to conduct a review of its special education services

BY: - July 1, 2021

Javanda May, a Slidell mother, said her 9th grade son struggled transitioning to virtual learning when the COVID-19 pandemic struck. May’s son was supposed to receive accommodations for his attention deficit disorder — including text-to-speech accommodations, small group instruction and mental health services, but “pretty much none of his accommodations from his IEP were implemented,” […]

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Louisiana law requires you to buckle up — unless you’re a child on a school bus | Tammy C. Barney

BY: - June 30, 2021

A 7-30 vote in the Louisiana Senate this month killed HB 130, which would have required new school buses to be installed with seat belts for its young passengers. The Senate’s rejection came after the House had approved the bill introduced by Rep. Robby Carter (D-Amite) by a 55-44 vote. Making school buses safer for […]

Louisiana Legislature’s education bills will have an impact from K-college

BY: - June 16, 2021

During the legislative session that ended Thursday, the Louisiana Legislature passed bills that mandated kindergarten for 5-year-olds, created a program to help young students struggling with literacy, raised teacher pay, tinkered with TOPS eligibility and mandated that university employees who have information regarding sexual harassment or assault report it. Here are some highlights of the […]

Teachers come under pressure as politicians, parents battle over ‘critical race theory’

BY: - June 14, 2021

WASHINGTON—Teachers from Tennessee to Iowa are swept up in a wave of outrage led by GOP politicians nationwide over how schools teach kids about race in U.S. history.  Conservatives have pilloried much instruction about systemic racism as “critical race theory,” even when that academic term has never been mentioned. A half dozen states have already […]

Bills requiring public schools teach specific aspects of American history die in Louisiana Legislature

BY: - June 11, 2021

A bill from Rep. Valarie Hodges (R-Denham Springs) that would have required public schools to teach specific aspects of American history — including the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights, Civics and the Holocaust — was amended by the Louisiana Senate to include lessons on the “contribution of African Americans and the history of the […]

Republicans ask Gov. Edwards to rescind mask mandate in schools

Starting in 2022, most Louisiana 5-year-olds will be required to go to kindergarten

BY: - June 9, 2021

The Louisiana Legislature passed a bill Wednesday that will, with some exceptions, mandate that in 2022, the state’s 5-year-olds attend kindergarten. Senate Bill 10, introduced by Sen. Cleo Fields (D-Baton Rouge) has been sent to the desk of Gov. John Bel Edwards for his signature.  According to the Education Commission of the United States, 19 […]

Louisiana students will remain on buses without seat belts to and from school

BY: - June 8, 2021

Many Louisiana students will still have to go to school in buses without seat belts. House Bill 130, which would have required new school buses to have seat belts failed to pass in the Louisiana Senate by a 7-30 vote Monday, effectively killing the legislation. Sen. Kirk Talbot (R-River Ridge), who brought the bill to […]

Bill allowing cameras in Louisiana’s special needs classrooms moves to governor’s desk

BY: - June 7, 2021

A bill requiring schools to install cameras in special needs classrooms if requested by a child’s guardian passed unanimously in the Louisiana House of Representatives Monday. Rep. Mark Wright (R-Covington), who brought SB 86 to the House floor on behalf of Sen. Franklin Foil (R-Baton Rouge), said many special needs classrooms have about five students […]

Louisiana Legislature approves Black history courses for TOPS qualification

BY: - June 6, 2021

High school students will be allowed to take African-American history courses to complete their TOPS curriculum requirements if Gov. John Bel Edwards signs a bill that won unanimous support in the Louisiana House and Senate. Currently, high school students looking to complete the social studies requirement for TOPS must take two of either: Western Civilization, […]

Republicans ask Gov. Edwards to rescind mask mandate in schools

Mandatory kindergarten in Louisiana passes in House

BY: - June 3, 2021

A bill that would make kindergarten mandatory for Louisiana 5-year-olds passed in the House of Representatives by a 59-31 vote.  Rep. Jason Hughes (D-New Orleans), who brought Senate Bill 10 to the House for author Sen. Cleo Fields (D-Baton Rouge) Thursday, said the bill is “good for our children and good for our state.” “We […]