Louisiana education department releases proposed social studies standards for K-8 schools

BY: - September 25, 2021

A Louisiana Department of Education steering committee Saturday released a new version of the standards for Louisiana students learning social studies, updating the content and timeline of what history is taught in public schools. Under the proposed new standards, kindergarten through second grade students will be taught Louisiana and world history at an introductory level.  By […]

Hurricane Ida spares most Louisiana public schools of significant damage

BY: - September 3, 2021

Virtual learning, classes in “alternative facilities” on-campus or continuing their education in a different school in a different part of the state are among the options for Louisiana students whose schools suffered significant structural damage during Hurricane Ida last weekend, state Superintendent Cade Brumley said. In their initial estimate of the damage statewide caused by […]

What does Louisiana school lunchtime look like during a pandemic?

BY: - August 27, 2021

With the fourth surge of the COVID-19 delta variant still raging, K-12 school systems in Louisiana have had to restructure their most basic services  — even school lunches.  Though mask mandates are in place for Louisiana schools, educators still have to safely navigate lunchtime, where students have to remove masks in order to eat.  In […]

Senate leaders want school districts to decide masking

Pfizer vaccine approved, but no plan for mandate in most Louisiana K-12 school systems right now

BY: - August 23, 2021

K-12 school leaders across Louisiana are still reluctant to mandate the COVID-19 vaccine for older students, even after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration gave the Pfizer vaccine full approval for use in adults and older children Monday.  Kevin Litten, spokesman for the Louisiana Department of Health, said that individual schools could require the vaccine, […]

Concerning amount of COVID-19 cases in Louisiana schools, children

BY: - August 20, 2021

With children back in school, COVID-19 cases among K-12 students and staff members are worryingly high, Gov. John Bel Edwards said during a Friday press conference.  From Aug. 9 to Aug. 15, the first week of the school year, 2,444 COVID-19 cases were reported among students and staff. More cases were reported during this week […]

Louisiana looks to update social studies standards, as debate on teaching about racism heats up

BY: - August 16, 2021

In June, the Louisiana legislature hotly debated about what history should be taught in public schools. On Monday, that conversation continued during a Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) meeting as the state education department presented new standards for Louisiana students learning social studies. Louisiana’s social studies content standards are supposed to be […]

Republicans ask Gov. Edwards to rescind mask mandate in schools

63 Louisiana House members ask state school board to sidestep K-12 schools mask mandate

BY: - August 16, 2021

Sixty-three House members signed a letter asking the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education to direct local K-12 school districts to adopt their own mask protocols — in defiance of Gov. John Bel Edwards’ statewide mask mandate. All 63 House members who signed the letter are Republicans. House Speaker Clay Schexnayder, R-French Settlement, and […]

Senate leaders want school districts to decide masking

Louisiana Senate leaders want local school districts to decide K-12 mask mandate

BY: - August 12, 2021

Louisiana’s top two Senate leaders want local school districts to decide whether face masks will be required in K-12 schools — not the governor of Louisiana. Senate President Page Cortez (R-Lafayette) and President Pro Tempore Beth Mizell (R-Franklinton) sent a letter to Gov. John Bel Edwards on Tuesday asking that he rescind his statewide indoor […]

Louisiana students performed worse in standardized testing during the COVID-19 pandemic

BY: - August 4, 2021

More Louisiana students in grades 3 through 8 and high school performed at an “unsatisfactory” level in math and English during the COVID-19 pandemic school year compared to the last full school year before the pandemic, according to assessment data the Louisiana Department of Education released Wednesday. “In the face of immense adversity, students, teachers, […]

Some Louisiana college campuses are keeping their mask mandates; others may soon adopt mandates

BY: - July 28, 2021

In response to the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic, LSU’s Health and Medical Advisory Committee has announced a list of “science-based recommendations” including the continuation of a mask mandate and the requirement of a negative COVID-19 test before arriving on campus. The committee is recommending that the administration adopt those measures for all LSU campuses. LSU […]

Louisiana granted $140 million to do COVID-19 testing in schools. Not all schools want the help.

BY: - July 28, 2021

Louisiana is offering widespread, routine COVID-19 testing on a voluntary basis to both public and private school communities during the 2021-2022 school year, but not all districts want the assistance. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control has given Louisiana $140 million to do regular — sometimes weekly — testing of students, teachers and staff across […]

Masks, virtual classes are challenging for Louisiana students who can’t hear or see

BY: - July 27, 2021

BATON ROUGE – The requirements to submit to daily temperature checks, wear masks, repeatedly wash hands and stay apart from one another has made education in the time of the novel coronavirus tedious and difficult for all students. However, students whose hearing or vision is impaired have had even more challenges to endure to learn […]