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Louisiana Dept. of Education failed to investigate 40% of disability complaints, audit finds

BY: - September 25, 2023

The Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) failed to investigate a significant number of formal complaints against schools not following federal laws to protect students with disabilities during the 2021-2022 school year, according to a new report from the Louisiana Legislative Auditor. Auditors found state education officials investigated and resolved 61 complaints during the 2021-2022 school […]

Students walk to buses at Morse High School/Bath Regional Career and Technical Center in Bath, Maine.

Hit the snooze button: States debate later high school start times

BY: - September 13, 2023

California and Florida have become the first states to require later public school start times, a response to reams of research showing significant advantages for high school students who can get more sleep by beginning their day at 8:30 a.m. or later. But such changes come with difficult ripple effects — upended bus schedules, later starts […]

Arrows are embedded in a target during practice for the women's individual eliminations match on August 17, 2004 during the Athens 2004 Summer Olympic Games at Panathinaiko Stadium in Athens, Greece.

Gun law raises funding concerns for school hunting programs

BY: - September 2, 2023

WASHINGTON — Republican lawmakers are concerned that the Biden administration is interpreting last year’s bipartisan gun safety law to cut funding for school archery and hunting programs, though programs themselves say they haven’t been affected. A provision in the law – a bipartisan effort to curb gun violence that established new criminal offenses, and expanded background […]

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Cities are embracing teen curfews, though they might not curb crime

BY: - August 29, 2023

In response to growing public concern over crime, cities and counties throughout the United States are returning to a familiar tool: curfews for young people. Proponents argue curfews curb crime and protect youth by keeping them off the streets. But research suggests curfews are ineffective, and some juvenile justice advocates and experts warn of unintended […]

Former U.S. President Donald Trump on stage before delivering remarks at Windham High School on Aug. 8, 2023, in Windham, New Hampshire.

As Trump visits New Hampshire, supporters cheer an ally on ‘parental rights’

BY: - August 9, 2023

WINDHAM, New Hampshire — Republicans who turned Tuesday out to support former President Donald Trump made it clear that “parental rights” will be a top concern heading into next year’s Republican primary. Held at Windham High School, the event marked Trump’s first campaign rally in New Hampshire since last week’s indictment by the Department of […]

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‘We’re huge in learning loss!’ Cashing in on the post-pandemic education crisis

BY: - July 25, 2023

For the nation’s schoolchildren, the data on pandemic learning loss is relentlessly bleak, with education researchers and economists warning that, unless dramatic action is taken, students will suffer a lifelong drop in income as a result of lagging achievement. “This cohort of students is going to be punished throughout their lifetime,” noted Eric Hanushek, the […]

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Plagued by teacher shortages, some states turn to fast-track credentialing

BY: - July 24, 2023

Faced with alarming teacher shortages, Virginia last month agreed to partner with a for-profit online teacher credentialing company, hoping to get more teachers into classrooms faster and without the higher tuition costs of traditional colleges and universities. While some of the Virginia school board members had qualms about the process, they agreed to give it […]

Immigrants wait overnight next to the U.S.-Mexico border fence to seek asylum in the United States on Jan. 7, 2023 as viewed from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.

Public schools banned from sheltering migrants under bill passed by U.S. House

BY: - July 19, 2023

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House passed a bill Wednesday night to bar the use of public K-12 school facilities to provide shelter for migrants seeking asylum in the U.S. The bill, approved 222-201, is known as the “Schools Not Shelters Act” and is a rebuke of the Biden administration’s immigration policy. If enacted into law, […]

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80 foreign teachers arrive in Louisiana to teach at language immersion schools

BY: - July 19, 2023

Schools across Louisiana will have 80 teachers from around the world in classrooms this upcoming school year as part of an exchange program that bolsters the state’s K-12 foreign language immersion programs.  The teachers arrived in Baton Rouge for an orientation Wednesday with Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser, state education officials, the Council for the Development of […]

Republican presidential candidate former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during the Moms for Liberty Joyful Warriors national summit at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown on June 30, 2023 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Louisiana’s education chief to address extremist Moms for Liberty group

BY: - July 19, 2023

Louisiana’s superintendent of education will speak to a local chapter of a national group a civil rights watchdog has identified as an extremist organization.  Cade Brumley, who oversees the state’s K-12 public schools, will be the featured speaker of the East Baton Rouge chapter of Moms for Liberty at its monthly meeting July 24. The […]

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Louisiana now gives bigger tax break for private school tuition

BY: - July 6, 2023

A private school tuition tax break Louisiana families can claim will increase from $5,000 to $6,000 per student per year under a law that Gov. John Bel Edwards has signed. House Bill 32, sponsored by Rep. Laurie Schlegel, R-Metairie, allows taxpayers to deduct up to $6,000 for tuition and fees from their total taxable income […]

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Louisiana teacher salaries still lag behind Southern, US average

BY: - July 5, 2023

An analysis of the most recent public school teacher salary data shows Louisiana still lags behind most of its regional peers — and is likely to remain there despite its legislature adding $2,000 for the upcoming school year.  The state’s teacher compensation is also well below the national average, according to the Public Affairs Research […]