Education

COMMENTARY

COVID-19 hits Black America hard, but HBCU chiefs find vaccine trial is hard to sell

BY: - September 4, 2020

COVID-19 is known to have infected one of every 36 Black New Orleanians during the pandemic. There’s no way of knowing how many New Orleanians of any race have been infected, but those 6,601 confirmed cases that have been counted among Black people are 2.5 times more than the 2,594 cases that have been counted […]

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College COVID-19 numbers will be shared by state health department starting this month

BY: - September 2, 2020

The Louisiana Department of Health, which had previously announced that it would create a COVID-19 portal and send out a link to every private and public college and university in the state, will begin reporting numbers on those campuses beginning Sept. 16, Meg Casper Sunstrom, deputy commissioner for strategic communication of the Louisiana Board of […]

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COMMENTARY: Virus toll ranks high in SEC country, but teams won’t break the huddle

BY: - August 24, 2020

As you probably expected, the Southeastern Conference dominates the preseason national rankings. As of Tuesday, Florida could claim the title of No. 1 in the country, reporting the highest weekly per-capita death rate from coronavirus nationwide. Go Gators! Texas, home of the Texas A&M Aggies, had the second-highest per capita death rate, followed by Mississippi […]

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All Louisiana Universities Expected To Share Coronavirus Case Information

BY: - August 20, 2020

All Louisiana higher education institutions are expected to start sharing the number of coronavirus cases among students and staff on their campuses. The announcement came Wednesday, a day after a higher education official said most public universities in the state wouldn’t be sharing such information. “We do believe that the information pertaining to these institutions […]

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LSU reverses course, says it will disclose some coronavirus data

BY: - August 19, 2020

LSU administrators have changed their minds about publicly disclosing information about coronavirus cases on campus a few days after it was reported that the school was going to keep data about the virus in its population private. But the information that LSU will offer about COVID-19 cases among its 40,000 students and staff won’t be […]

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 […]

Gov. John Bel Edwards

Courts may decide Louisiana’s election plan; COVID-19 numbers dip to recent low

BY: - August 19, 2020

In a press conference Tuesday, Gov. Edwards said he is refusing to sign Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin’s proposed emergency election plan, meaning Louisiana is heading to November without a viable plan for residents concerned about infection to vote during the pandemic. Also, for the second consecutive day, Louisiana’s daily COVID-19 case count was below […]

Colleges explore innovative ways to reopen safely

BY: - August 17, 2020

As colleges and universities reopen for the fall semester, campus officials are implementing innovative ways to make sure students and faculty return safely. Some of those changes will be noticed as soon as students and their loved ones arrive. LSU and Loyola University New Orleans are two examples of colleges that are increasing the number of […]

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Will a Louisiana university tell you how much coronavirus there is on campus? Maybe

BY: - August 17, 2020

Whether university students and staff know how widespread coronavirus is on their campuses is being left up to their school administrators. The state has offered no guidance about what the schools should disclose to the public regarding COVID-19 cases as campuses open up for fall classes.  That decision has been left up to the individual […]

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Law school grads will now take ‘open-book’ bar exam

BY: - August 12, 2020

The Louisiana Supreme Court issued an order Wednesday making the state bar exam an “open-book” email test due to the ongoing risks posed by the coronavirus pandemic. The order applies to the next two scheduled Bar exams on Aug. 24 and Oct. 10, according to a Louisiana Supreme Court press release. The bar exam is […]

Education department offers solutions to state’s massive lack of technology resources

BY: - August 11, 2020

At a Tuesday meeting of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, the Louisiana Department of Education released a list of solutions parishes can take to close the technology gap among students. About 1 in 4 Louisiana families has no access to the Internet. Louisiana State Superintendent Cade Brumley and Kim Nesmith, data quality and management […]

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 […]