Common Core in Louisiana and across the South
Glen Sylvan. Credit: (Special to the Southern Education Desk)
Anna Davis of Picayune and her daughter Isabel doing everyday school work. Credit: Paul Boger/MPB
State Actions on Common Core - 2015. Credit: National Conference of State Legislatures (www.ncsl.org)
Alabama / Common Core Series / Louisiana / Mississippi / Multimedia Common Core in Louisiana and across the South

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 battler across Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi.

Louisiana / Voices of Educators Credit: Mallory Falk / WWNO

Voices Of Educators: Rowan Shafer

Rowan Shafer is a third grade teacher at Morris Jeff Community School. She’s committed to teaching a social justice curriculum… which she knows can sound abstract. “Yeah, those are easy words to say that mean a lot of things,” she says. In this month’s Voices of Educators segment, Shafer describes [...]

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.
Credit: Mallory Falk / WWNO

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 [...]

American Graduate Back on Track: Louisiana Graduates

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 [...]

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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 battler across Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi.

Charter Schools / Louisiana

Conference Looks At Lessons From New Orleans Schools, Ten Years After Katrina

ERA’s director, Douglas Harris, recently sat down with partner station WWNO’s Mallory Falk to discuss how his organization, the Education Research Alliance for New Orleans (ERA), came about – as a conference it organized prepared to get started.

Glen Sylvan. Credit: (Special to the Southern Education Desk)
Common Core Series / Louisiana

Common Core: Can Standards Really Prepare Students for College?

Over the last two years, there has been a lot of debate surrounding the Common Core standards throughout the country. But sometimes, all the political noise can make us forget about the main goal of these standards. Do they really do a better job of preparing kids for college and careers? And if not, what’s stopping them?

Anna Davis of Picayune and her daughter Isabel doing everyday school work. Credit: Paul Boger/MPB
Alabama / Common Core Series / Mississippi / Tennessee

Common Core: Re-branding Common Core – Does the Name Make a Difference?

Common Core education standards have been controversial since their adoption nearly half-a-decade ago. Some states have tried re-branding Common Core by changing the name. Others have dropped the standards all together. In the South, states are taking a different approach by asking residents themselves to reevaluate the standards.

State Actions on Common Core - 2015. Credit: National Conference of State Legislatures (www.ncsl.org)
Alabama / Audio / Common Core Series / Mississippi

Common Core: Challenges and Opposition

As part of a week-long series examining why the public school standards known as Common Core are still so controversial in the South, Sherrel Wheeler Stewart from WBHM in Birmingham explains the roots of the opposition and the challenges the standards face.

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.
Credit: Mallory Falk / WWNO
Charter Schools / Closing Costs / Louisiana

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 [...]

James Hanks, 18, before speaking with the Southern Education Desk at Birmingham City Schools' Lincoln Professional Development Center. While working several jobs, he got his high school diploma May 14. But as he'll tell you below, he used to focus on all the wrong things. Photo by Dan Carsen.
Alabama / Audio / Multimedia / Special Coverage

INTERVIEW: James Hanks, Birmingham Dropout Recovery Graduate

The U.S. Secretary of Education recently recognized Alabama for having one of the nation’s steepest increases in high school graduation rates. Birmingham City Schools’ rate increased even more – up roughly 23 percent in the last four years. The latest data reported to the state education department puts the system’s rate at 79 percent — just below the national average. Alabama reporter Dan Carsen sits down with James Hanks, an 18-year-old who just graduated through Birmingham Schools’ Dropout Recovery Program.

Credit: Mallory Falk / WWNO
Louisiana / Voices of Educators

Voices Of Educators: Rowan Shafer

Rowan Shafer is a third grade teacher at Morris Jeff Community School. She’s committed to teaching a social justice curriculum… which she knows can sound abstract. “Yeah, those are easy words to say that mean a lot of things,” she says. In this month’s Voices of Educators segment, Shafer describes [...]