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Seeking More Intervention In Failing Schools, House Promotes Charters As ‘Schools of Hope’
How Do National Championship Foes Alabama and Clemson Really Compare?
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Alabama Admits Its High School Graduation Rate Was Inflated

Alabama boosted its graduation rate with questionable methods and now faces federal and state audits. It’s hard to know yet how far off the rate is.

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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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Seeking More Intervention In Failing Schools, House Promotes Charters As ‘Schools of Hope’
Charter Schools

Seeking More Intervention In Failing Schools, House Promotes Charters As ‘Schools of Hope’

Florida has more than 100 schools that it labels persistently failing. Those schools have earned D’s and F’s for several years in a row. Many of them suffer from high poverty and high teacher turnover. The issues facing parents, teachers, and students in such schools are complex. Now a House [...]

How Do National Championship Foes Alabama and Clemson Really Compare?
Higher Education

How Do National Championship Foes Alabama and Clemson Really Compare?

Most analysts compare defensive lines, secondaries, quarterbacks and ground games. But the Southern Education Desk decided to look at other facts about these two southern universities.

The Fisk Jubilee Singers performs at the university's 150th gala in April 2016.
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Funding / Tennessee

Fisk University Embraces 150 Years Of History — But Wants To Move Past Financial Troubles

It was founded 150 years ago, just after the Civil War, to educate freed slaves. It graduated prominent black leaders of the Harlem Renaissance and Civil Rights.

Community leaders gathered at the Adventure Science Center Monday for the release of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce annual report card.
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Tennessee

Nashville Business Leaders Demand More Accountability On MNPS Literacy

In an annual report card from the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, they conclude there’s been little — if any — improvement across the district.

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Alabama / Audio

Alabama Admits Its High School Graduation Rate Was Inflated

Alabama boosted its graduation rate with questionable methods and now faces federal and state audits. It’s hard to know yet how far off the rate is.

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Florida / Funding / Testing

Florida Senate Starts Looking At Teacher Pay, School Funding, Recess, And Testing

Florida lawmakers could take up an education agenda that includes testing changes, recess, more money for teachers and a greater focus on higher education—at least, in the Senate.

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Charter Schools / Louisiana

New Orleans’ Last Traditional Public Schools May Soon Become Charters

Orleans Parish School District Superintendent Henderson Lewis Jr. said leaders from five schools expressed interest in becoming charters by next year. As charters, they could earn up to $1,000 more per student.

A federal judge is deciding whether Gardendale High School and other schools in the city can pull out of the Jefferson County School System to become part of an independent city school district. Credit: Mark Almond.
Alabama / Audio

Federal Judge Weighs Decision On Independent School System for Gardendale

Federal Judge Madeline Haikala is considering whether Gardendale can pull out of the Jefferson County system & start its own without violating civil rights.