Articles written by: Shauna Sanford

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American Graduate / Back on Track / Louisiana

Back On Track: A Look At How LSU Gets Young Women Excited About Engineering

Louisiana will be in the spotlight as American Graduate Day features a successful program at Louisiana State University (LSU). It’s called XCITE and it’s getting young girls excited about careers in engineering.

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All In The Game / Louisiana

All In The Game: Big School Sports vs. Small School Sports

When it comes to college football programs, the big money-makers like LSU, Florida, and Georgia often get the limelight. But what about smaller colleges? How are they able to generate revenue? In this report, the athletic director of Nicholls State University, located in the heart of Cajun country talks about how they are able to keep playing and paying the price to stay in the game.

Charter Schools: Charter Schools in New Orleans
Charter Schools / Charter Schools / Louisiana

Charter Schools: Charter Schools in New Orleans

Since Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans has become the top spot for the charter school movement. Ten years later, how is it working? Other southern states such as Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida have adopted the education alternative as well. This week, the Southern Education Desk travels to some of those states to see how the movement is progressing across the Gulf South.

Summer Learning: Upward Bound Takes Students Through High School And Beyond
Alabama / American Graduate / Louisiana / Summer Learning Series / Tennessee

Summer Learning: Upward Bound Takes Students Through High School And Beyond

Remember when you could get a job with just a high school diploma? By 2020, it’s projected that 65 percent of jobs will require a diploma, AND, higher education. Upward Bound is more than doubling the chances of low-income, first-generation students graduating and going to college nationwide, including 6,500 in the Deep South. Today, Louisiana Public Broadcasting producers Kevin Gautreaux and Shauna Sanford take a look at this federally funded program and its summer work.

Common Core in Louisiana and across the South
Alabama / Common Core Series / Louisiana / Mississippi / Multimedia

Common Core in Louisiana and across the South

Major strides have been made with Common Core standards in Louisiana, but it is still a very controversial issues throughout the South. Shauna Sanford of Louisiana Public Broadcasting has the latest on the Common Core battles across Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi.

Back on Track: Louisiana Graduates
American Graduate

Back on Track: Louisiana Graduates

Louisiana’s graduation rate has jumped nearly ten points over the last decade. But at 74.6%, the state’s high school graduation rate still lags behind the national average of 81%. And last year 19 school districts saw their graduation rates decline. How do students stay in school despite these odds? This [...]