U.S.Secretary of Education John King visits JoAnn Leleck Elementary School in Silver Springs, Md. Credit: U.S. Department of Education.
Campuses like Middle Tennessee State University will soon allow employees to carry a firearm if they have a state-issued permit. Credit: Lauren Frederick.
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Education Commissioner Candice McQueen at her appointment to the position. Credit: TN Photo Services.
Audio / National U.S.Secretary of Education John King visits JoAnn Leleck Elementary School in Silver Springs, Md. Credit: U.S. Department of Education.

Education Secretary John King Talks Graduation Rates, Testing and Education Reform

Millions of American high school students graduate this spring, and many aren’t ready for what’s next – college or career. In some states, students are swamped with mandatory tests to gauge what they’ve learned, how they learned, and how good of a job their teacher does. John King, confirmed as U.S. Secretary of Education in March, talks about these issues, education reform challenges, and more.

Voices of Educators Mia Rotondo works on an art project with a student. They're dressed up for 80s Day at Ben Franklin Elementary. Credit: Mallory Falk/WWNO.

Voices Of Educators: Mia Rotondo

This school year there’s been a lot of talk about how to fund special education, as the Recovery School District and Orleans Parish School Board move toward a unified funding formula. But what actually happens inside a special education classroom?

Charter Schools / Closing Costs / Louisiana When her son William started taking public transportation to school, Lashunda Dean downloaded a tracking app on her cellphone. She shows off the app while her older son and the family cockatiel look on.
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Closing Costs: Inside The School Close Out Process

When a school announces it’s closing, it doesn’t just shut its doors the next day. There’s a whole closure process. It’s a process Miller McCoy Academy — an all-boys middle and high school — has been following this year. We look inside that process as part of our series “Closing [...]

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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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Pierre A. Capdau was the first school taken over by the Recovery School District. This summer, it will become one of the first to return to the local school board. Credit: Mallory Falk/WWNO.
Charter Schools / Louisiana

New Orleans Schools Reunite Under Local School Board, But Charters Maintain Control

Something big has been decided about New Orleans schools. And it seemed to happen pretty fast. Governor John Bel Edwards has now signed legislation ordering that all New Orleans schools return to the control of the Orleans Parish School Board. But not nearly as much control as that board had before Katrina. Things will look very different than they did a decade ago.

Tennessee State University is aiming to get more students enrolled from outside of the state. Credit: TSU Media Relations.
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Tennessee Universities Try Steep Tuition Discounts To Woo More Out-Of-State Students

Several public universities in Tennessee are lowering their out-of-state tuition by almost 50 percent for a certain set of students — those who are from places up to 250 miles away.

Governor Bill Haslam's counseling program, dubbed "Advise TN," is part of the Drive to 55, which is a long-term effort to make sure that 55 percent of Tennesseans have some kind of post-secondary degree. Credit: TN Press Services.
Higher Education / Tennessee

Tennessee High Schools Must Prove ‘College-Going’ Culture To Get Counseling Help

Tennessee is launching an intensive college counseling program in 30 public high schools this fall. But officials haven’t yet said which schools will get the extra help.

Mia Rotondo works on an art project with a student. They're dressed up for 80s Day at Ben Franklin Elementary. Credit: Mallory Falk/WWNO.
Voices of Educators

Voices Of Educators: Mia Rotondo

This school year there’s been a lot of talk about how to fund special education, as the Recovery School District and Orleans Parish School Board move toward a unified funding formula. But what actually happens inside a special education classroom?

U.S.Secretary of Education John King visits JoAnn Leleck Elementary School in Silver Springs, Md. Credit: U.S. Department of Education.
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Education Secretary John King Talks Graduation Rates, Testing and Education Reform

Millions of American high school students graduate this spring, and many aren’t ready for what’s next – college or career. In some states, students are swamped with mandatory tests to gauge what they’ve learned, how they learned, and how good of a job their teacher does. John King, confirmed as U.S. Secretary of Education in March, talks about these issues, education reform challenges, and more.

Dr. Eric Anthony Johnson wants to send his son, Cameron, to a school in their neighborhood. He sees private school as a backup option. Special to WWNO.
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Many New Orleans Families Are Torn Between Public And Private Schools

This spring, families who applied to New Orleans public schools got some bad news. School placements were announced a week late. Why was that such a big deal? Many private school deposits were due. Families had to decide: pay up to reserve a seat or take a chance with the public charter school lottery, OneApp. More New Orleans families – those with enough resources – find themselves choosing between public and private education.

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards. Credit: Sue Lincoln.
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Much Ado About Vouchers

“We’ve got a special interest group from out of state that’s currently misleading the public about this voucher program,” Governor John Bel Edwards said at the start of his weekly press conference.

He was referring to an ad that’s been getting heavy play in New Orleans and Baton Rouge.

Campuses like Middle Tennessee State University will soon allow employees to carry a firearm if they have a state-issued permit. Credit: Lauren Frederick.
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University Employees Can Soon Go Armed In Tennessee, After Governor Allows Bill To Become Law

Guns will be allowed on the campuses of public colleges in Tennessee starting July 1. A bill that allows employees with a carry permit to go armed on campus became law without the signature of Gov. Bill Haslam, who was pressured to veto the legislation.