Louisiana needs to invest more in early childhood education, state superintendent says

BY: - January 28, 2021

Only 46 percent of Louisiana 3rd graders are on track to master English and only 43 percent are on track to master math, a disturbing statistic that Louisiana State Superintendent Cade Brumley attributes to 60 percent of the state’s kindergarteners starting school already behind the curve, Brumley said Wednesday morning in a virtual press conference […]

LSU creates African and African American Studies department decades after students and faculty demanded it

BY: - January 26, 2021

More than 50 years after the country’s first Black studies department was established and more than 26 years after the establishment of Louisiana State University’s African and African American Studies Program, a Jan. 15 decision by LSU’s Board of Supervisors to upgrade that program into a department is a result of decades of continuous activism, […]

Louisiana HBCUs celebrate Vice President Kamala Harris and as an example of their schools’ record of achievement

BY: - January 21, 2021

As Vice President Kamala Harris was sworn in on Wednesday as the 49th vice president of the United States, Historically Black Colleges and Universities across the country — and those in Louisiana — celebrated her accomplishment as their own and as a demonstration of the value of those campuses.  Vice President Harris graduated from Howard […]

LSU Board approves creation of African and African American studies department

BY: - January 16, 2021

LSU’s Board of Supervisors approved a request Friday day to promote its African and African American program to department status.  The promotion will give the African and African American studies program more autonomy, more faculty and more resources, Stephen Finley, the director of the African and African American studies program, said. “Everyone knows when something […]

Folgers tax-break saga ends with rejection by New Orleans City Council

BY: - January 14, 2021

The New Orleans City Council rejected all of the Folgers Coffee Company’s property tax exemption applications in a final decision on Thursday, giving the city an estimated $14 million in revenue over the next 10 years. The council voted unanimously to reject the four applications sought by the coffee giant for its facilities in New […]

With COVID-19 the worst it’s been, Louisiana’s college students return to campus

BY: - January 14, 2021

Students at Louisiana’s colleges and universities return to school this month in a state that has more COVID-19 cases than it has ever had — and with all signs indicating that things are going to get worse. In response, some colleges have required students to provide a negative test before returning to campus — and […]

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Why a former student accusing Derrius Guice of misconduct sued LSU over police records

BY: - January 12, 2021

Samantha Brennan is the former LSU student who said college football star Derrius Guice took a nude photo of her without her permission while they were both at the school in 2016. Guice, who grew up in Baton Rouge, was let go from the Washington Football Team in 2020 after being charged with multiple counts […]

Louisiana Department of Education receives $1.1 billion grant

BY: - January 11, 2021

The Louisiana Department of Education will receive a grant worth about $1.1 billion from the U.S. Congress’ latest COVID-19 relief bill. Local school systems will receive over $1 billion of the grant, or 90 percent. The rest will go to the education department. Ted Beasley, an education department spokesperson, said the department is still figuring […]

After pro-Trump mob attacks U.S. Capitol, history teachers connect the past to the present

BY: - January 8, 2021

When Donald Hess, a world history teacher at McDonogh 35 High School in New Orleans, logged onto his Zoom class Thursday morning, he knew that it wasn’t going to be a typical day. The day before, a mob incited by President Donald Trump had invaded the U.S. Capitol and forced the evacuation of the U.S. […]

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Gov. Edwards appoints nephew, former law partner to UL System board

BY: - January 6, 2021

Gov. John Bel Edwards named his nephew and former law partner Bradley A. Stevens to the board of supervisors for the University of Louisiana System, a move that a legal expert says is allowed in Louisiana law and that Stevens himself says is based on his qualifications.  Stevens has been a partner at Edwards & […]

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LSU ordered to release records in football star Derrius Guice’s case

BY: - January 5, 2021

LSU has been ordered to release records without most redactions of a university police investigation into former college football star Derrius Guice, who was accused of taking a semi-nude photo of a fellow student without her consent in 2016. A Baton Rouge state court also ordered the university to pay a $100 per day fine […]

New Orleans Public Schools will shift to virtual instruction only

BY: - January 5, 2021

On the same day that Louisiana students returned to school from winter break, NOLA Public Schools announced that, beginning Thursday, all its students will be required to do distance learning because of the rising number COVID-19 cases in New Orleans. A press release from the school system sets Jan. 21 as a date that students […]