K-12

Louisiana families could receive a tax break for COVID-19 tutors

BY: - October 19, 2020

The Louisiana Legislature is close to passing a tax break for families that hired tutors to help their students with virtual schooling supplied by a public or accredited private school as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The tutor would have to have been hired between March 13 and Dec. 31, 2020. The tax break […]

Clay Schexnayder

Louisiana lawmakers poised to give themselves seats on high school athletics board

BY: - October 14, 2020

The Louisiana House Education Committee approved a bill that would put two lawmakers on the Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s executive committee. The LHSAA is a nonprofit organization that serves as the governing authority for high school athletics across the state.  The association receives no money from the state and has been deemed a private […]

Virtual learning doesn’t stop discriminatory discipline, attorney says

BY: - October 8, 2020

When Ku’Mauri Harrison’s little brother tripped over BB gun while Ku’Mauri was taking a test in his virtual classroom, he set off a series of events that led to Ku’Mauri’s suspension from Woodmere Elementary School in Jefferson Parish, general outrage from the public and an appearance before a friendly Louisiana House Education Committee that moved […]

Clay Schexnayder

Legislators may sit on LHSAA’s executive committee

BY: - October 1, 2020

The Senate education committee approved a bill that would put four legislators on the Louisiana High School Athletics Association’s executive committee. SB 11 states that if any school athletic organization receives funds from the government, the president of the Senate, the speaker of the House, and the chairmen of the Senate and House committees on […]

Jeff Landry sues ULM med school over vaccine mandate

Attorney General Jeff Landry is challenging Louisiana public schools and health department

BY: - September 26, 2020

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry challenged public schools and the Louisiana Department of Health on Sept. 24 over COVID-19 case reporting and disciplinary concerns. Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry tweeted Thursday that he believes Gov. John Bel Edwards ordered the state health agency “to have schools report specific healthcare information on your child without your […]

17 Calcasieu parish public schools will start their semester next week

BY: - September 25, 2020

Calcasieu Parish, which took a devastating blow from Hurricane Laura, a Category 4 storm on Aug. 27, will open 17 public schools for face-to-face instruction next week, the Calcasieu Parish School Board announced  on Facebook yesterday.  On the list of schools to reopen are 14 elementary schools, two middle schools and a high school. Faculty […]

LSU

Louisiana’s college COVID-19 numbers show wide gap between on-campus and virtual students

BY: - September 24, 2020

The COVID-19 dashboard run by the Louisiana Department of Health shows 1,558 confirmed cases among college students, faculty and staff and 523 cases of the disease in K-12 schools across the state.  As one might expect, that dashboard shows more cases among students and faculty who’ve attended classes in person than among those who’ve accessed […]

Lake Charles after Hurricane Laura

Hurricane Laura damaged 74 of 76 Calcasieu Parish public schools

BY: - September 17, 2020

Calcasieu Parish Superintendent Karl Bruchhaus told the Louisiana Senate Education Committee Wednesday that damage to schools caused by Hurricane Laura is “considerably worse” than the damage caused by Hurricane Rita. Of the 76 public schools in the parish, Bruchhaus said, 74 of them had damage and 15 had extensive damage such as torn-off roofs. None […]

Gov. John Bel Edwards

High school football likely to resume soon

BY: - September 4, 2020

It is looking very likely that high school contact sports, specifically football, will begin again soon despite Louisiana still operating in Phase 2 of reopening. Eddie Bonine, executive director of the Louisiana High School Athletics Association, made the recommendation at a House education committee meeting, reversing the LHSAA’s original plan to keep high school football […]

Lake Charles after Hurricane Laura

Schools in 13 parishes are closed after Hurricane Laura

BY: - September 4, 2020

School system in 13 parishes have stopped their school year due to Hurricane Laura, said Cade Brumley, Louisiana schools superintendent, at a Louisiana House education committee meeting Friday. Calcasieu Parish, for example, have closed their schools until further notice because 97% of their school facilities suffered “substantial damage,” according to their Facebook page. Once power […]

K-12 schools — not the state — are deciding what parents know about COVID-19 outbreaks

BY: - August 19, 2020

Azadeh Yazdi, a Lafayette parent of a fifth-grade student, is frustrated with the protocols that the Lafayette Parish School System has put in place to report positive COVID-19 case. Yazdi said, as a whole, school officials have unfairly left parents out of the conversation about how schools should reopen. According to a re-opening plan that […]

Jefferson Parish pushes back first day of school

BY: - August 10, 2020

Jefferson Parish Schools Superintendent James Gray announced Monday that the first day of school for the system has been pushed back to school to August 26.  Schools had been scheduled to open Wednesday, Aug. 12, and Gray said the system is delayed by two weeks to coincide with the availability of rapid COVID-19 testing. “Jefferson […]