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.
Parents listen and discuss ideas for opting out of state exams in Leon County. Credit: Lynn Hatter/WFSU
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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.

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.
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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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Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards. Credit: Sue Lincoln.
Audio / Louisiana

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.
Audio / Tennessee

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.

Education Commissioner Candice McQueen at her appointment to the position. Credit: TN Photo Services.
Audio / Tennessee / Testing

Tennessee Dumps Testing Vendor, Makes This Year’s TNReady Exams Optional

Tennessee students may not have to take the second part of their year-end exams after all. Following multiple delays in receiving test materials, the state is cutting ties with testing vendor Measurement Inc. The company has been blamed for the bulk of glitches and delays in the first year of TNReady.

Charter Schools / Louisiana

New Orleans Charter Schools May Return To Local Control

The House Education Committee approved a bill that would return all Recovery School District charters to the Orleans Parish School Board. The new legislation would require all schools to return, by 2019 at the latest.

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Alabama / science / STEM

Parker High School, Family And Community Helped Propel Top Scientist Dr. Willie May

A recent study shows there’s good news for college graduates looking for jobs in STEM fields. Dr. Willie May, a graduate of Birmingham’s Parker High School, struck out on a path in science more than 45 years ago. Today, he’s one of nation’s chief scientists and heads the National Institute for Standards and Technology.

Students from Cohen College Prep gather on the capitol steps in Baton Rouge to rally for Senate Bill 324. Credit: Mallory Falk/WWNO.
Audio / Louisiana

New Orleans High Schoolers Head To Capitol For ‘Raise The Age’ Action

Hundreds of New Orleans students got a hands-on civics lesson this week. They rallied at the state capitol to support a bill that would keep 17-year-olds out of adult court and prison.

Parents listen and discuss ideas for opting out of state exams in Leon County. Credit: Lynn Hatter/WFSU
Florida / Taking on Tests

Taking on Tests: Opting Out in Florida

Parents listen and discuss ideas for opting out of state exams in Leon County. Credit: Lynn Hatter/WFSU
It’s the fifth season of the year in Florida: testing season. Millions of Florida’s public school students, from third grade through 12th, are preparing to take the Florida Standards Assessment. The test has drawn scorn from parents, teachers, school administrators, and even lawmakers—yet it remains the main measure of how schools and districts are graded, kids promoted, and teachers evaluated.

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Louisiana / Taking on Tests

Taking On Tests: The Stakes Are High

It’s testing season in schools across the South and around the country. Students are flipping open booklets or logging onto computers to answer math and reading questions. For over a decade, annual standardized testing has been the law of the land. But it’s not without controversy or pushback – and some states and school districts are rethinking their approach.