A recent report indicating how well states are doing in preparing K-12 students for the STEM fields rated Louisiana “far below average.” The state by state “Science Readiness Index” takes into consideration not only students’ math and science proficiency scores but also teacher qualifications.
Governor John Bel Edwards has warned that Louisiana’s budget crisis likely means even more cuts to higher education — up to $70 million — and big changes to the state’s popular scholarship program, TOPS. For local students, that translates to an uncertain future.
Jalen is a seventh-grader at The Good Shepherd School- a private, Catholic institution. She transferred from a failing public school three years ago and sees big differences between the two. Louisiana Public Broadcasting prepared this report for our “Matters of Choice” series.
Most Southern states allow for some form of school choice – magnet schools, vouchers for private schools, charter schools and more. How do these options affect learning, school demographics, and student success? We explore Matters of Choice beginning with this report from WWNO’s Mallory Falk in New Orleans.
In the past ten years, New Orleans has become known nationwide for education reform through charter schools. It’s also earned a reputation as a hub for entrepreneurship. Those two worlds are coming together.
New Orleans has ten KIPP schools serving grades Kindergarten through 12th. KIPP New Orleans also has a program called KIPP Through College, which supports KIPP middle school and high school alumni on their path to and through college.
Political Action Committees have formed. Millions of dollars are pouring in. This isn’t a national race we’re talking about. It’s the Louisiana state school board election.