Minus its ‘American exceptionalism’ language, bill requiring lessons on ‘founding principles’ passes Louisiana House

BY: - May 28, 2021

CORRECTION:  A previous version of this story incorrectly identified one of the Republicans who voted against the legislation. A bill that mandates that Louisiana’s public K-8 schools teach students “the founding principles of the U.S.”– including the Declaration of Independence, the Gettysburg Address, the Constitution and the Federalist Papers — passed in the Louisiana House […]

Louisiana House committee supports cameras in special ed classrooms

BY: - May 27, 2021

In an effort to protect special education students, many of whom are nonverbal, the Louisiana House Education Committee Thursday approved a bill that would require schools to install cameras in special needs classrooms if requested by a child’s guardian. The bill advanced without objection. Sen. Franklin Foil (R-Baton Rouge), author of SB 86, said his […]

Changed TOPS eligibility rules approved by Louisiana House

BY: - May 26, 2021

High school graduates applying for TOPS could have a grace period to take and submit scores from their college entrance exams and high school students who began homeschool relatively late could also become eligible for the scholarship. SB 99, sponsored by Sen. Cleo Fields (D-Baton Rouge), would allow high school graduates who can prove they […]

Resolution asking education department to study use of corporal punishment has passed in both chambers

BY: - May 25, 2021

The Louisana House voted 60-34 Tuesday in favor of a resolution introduced by Sen. Cleo Fields (D-Baton Rouge) that asks the Louisiana Department of Education “to study the feasibility of banning the use of corporal punishment in public schools.” The House’s support of the resolution follows its May 4 rejection of a bill by Metairie […]

Bill requiring lessons about World War II reignites tensions in Louisiana House

BY: - May 25, 2021

Fallout from the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus’ fight with Rep. Ray Garofalo (R-Chalmette) is to blame for the tense debate on the Louisiana House floor Monday over a bill requiring that high schoolers learn about World War II and the Holocaust, Rep. Tammy Phelps (D-Shreveport) said Monday evening. Rep. Valarie Hodges (R-Denham Springs) got HB […]

Attempts to ban teaching on ‘critical race theory’ multiply across the U.S.

BY: - May 24, 2021

WASHINGTON—From statehouses to Congress, Republicans have launched into a fight against the teaching of “critical race theory,” which just a year ago was a niche academic term. Experts in critical race theory say it’s about acknowledging how racial disparities are embedded in U.S history and society, and the concept is being mischaracterized by conservatives. But […]

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Jeff Landry joins Republican AGs who object to U.S. Department of Education proposal on teaching about racism

BY: - May 24, 2021

WASHINGTON — More than two dozen Republican attorneys general are voicing their disapproval over the Department of Education’s proposed priorities for teaching K-12 students about American history and civics education because they would include references to systemic racism and how the history of slavery has shaped the U.S. The state attorneys general argue in a […]

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Louisiana High School Athletic Association removed transgender boy from cross country team in 2019

BY: - May 21, 2021

In 2019, Ashton was hoping to join the military after graduating from Mandeville High School.  So as a senior, he joined the boys cross country team to get himself into better shape. He started attending summer running practices ahead of the fall season. Ashton wasn’t very fast, but he appreciated the team’s camaraderie and it […]

Louisiana Senate supports college athletes making money from endorsements

BY: - May 18, 2021

Olivia Dunne, a star gymnast at LSU, began her freshman year in the fall with over a million followers on Instagram, which means, according to a report from a digital media-focused company called Cheq, she could make up to $250,000 per post. But by the current collegiate athletic rules, even if Dunne made money off […]

Senate education committee passes resolution in response to youth suicide

BY: - May 13, 2021

The Senate Education Committee advanced without objection a resolution ask the education department to look for for free or low-cost ways to prevent violence and suicide among students. SCR 50 by Sen. Cleo Fields (D-Baton Rouge) would ask the Louisiana Department of Education to report school systems’ current “evidence-based principles” in dealing with violence and […]

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Mandatory kindergarten approved by Louisiana Senate

BY: - May 12, 2021

The Louisiana Senate voted 34-1 Thursday to require Louisiana’s 5-year-olds to attend kindergarten. Sen. Cleo Fields (D-Baton Rouge), author of SB 10, said his bill is supported by — among others — the Louisiana School Board Association, the Louisiana Association of School Board Superintendents, The Louisiana Association of Educators, The American Federation of Children and […]

Round 2 of curriculum fight in Louisiana House Education committee

BY: - May 12, 2021

Louisiana public schools may soon be mandated to teach their students the “founding principles of the U.S.” — including “American exceptionalism,” globalism, and immigration policy —  as well as “appropriate instruction regarding World War II and the Holocaust.” House Bill 352, by Rep. Valarie Hodges (R-Denham Springs), along with mandating schools to teach their students […]