Participants in UAB's CORD program making a multicolored tower by pouring household liquids of varying weights into a cylinder. Credit: Sherrel Wheeler Stewart/WBHM.
Atlanta Public Schools continue working on programs to assist students impacted by one of the biggest public school cheating scandals in recent history. Credit: Sam Whitehead / GPB.
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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Florida’s Public University System Wants To Woo Nursing Faculty With Incentive Program

Florida’s public university system is developing a program to address a shortage in nurses. The American Academy of Nursing has projected a shortfall extending through 2030.

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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UAB CORD Program Helps Students Get Ahead of the Curve in Science

Students in Alabama and throughout the South are back in school this month. However, long before the first day of school, hundreds of kids spent part of their summer in labs at UAB. The goal? Getting ahead of the curve in science class.

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Florida’s Public University System Wants To Woo Nursing Faculty With Incentive Program

Florida’s public university system is developing a program to address a shortage in nurses. The American Academy of Nursing has projected a shortfall extending through 2030.

Four members of the Metro Schools board of education are running for re-election and three of them are refusing to attend a candidate forum organized by Project Renaissance. Credit: Blake Farmer / WPLN (file photo)
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Charter School Debate Re-Ignites Ahead Of Nashville School Board Candidate Forum

A school board candidate forum planned for Thursday night has become another flash point over Nashville’s charter schools. Three sitting board members have refused to participate, questioning the organizer’s motives.

Atlanta Public Schools continue working on programs to assist students impacted by one of the biggest public school cheating scandals in recent history. Credit: Sam Whitehead / GPB.
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Taking On Tests: Atlanta School Students Still Recovering From Cheating Scandal

Atlanta’s infamous public school cheating scandal sent some educators to jail last year and forced the system to clean up its culture of pressure-driven testing. But after the educators were found guilty of changing tests answers and sentenced, thousands of innocent victims remained: school children.

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Funding / Higher Education / Louisiana

Squabbling Over Crumbs

After the House approved cuts freeing up another $70-million for the upcoming budget Monday, they then squabbled over where to spend it – on TOPS, or on health care.

Entrance to Lusher Charter School. Credit: Mallory Falk/WWNO.
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New Orleans Teachers Discuss The Future Of Unions In Charter Schools

This school year, two high profile New Orleans charter schools attempted to form unions. One voted yes: International High School. One voted no: Lusher Charter School. In light of those votes, teachers around the city shared their perspective on unions since Katrina and where things might go from here.

Mississippi High School Graduation Rate Reaches Record High
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Mississippi High School Graduation Rate Reaches Record High

More Mississippi students are graduating from high school than ever before. The national graduation rate last year was roughly 82 percent, and while Mississippi has yet to reach that national average, it is making steady ground.

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Mississippi Kindergartners Showing Improvements in Reading

For the second year in a row, nearly 40,000 Mississippi kindergartners took a state assessment known as the STAR Early Literacy Exam. It tests whether a student understands the building blocks of reading, do they know the alphabet, that you read left to right on the page, is this a story for fun or for learning and so on and so forth.