Education

Bill to make kindergarten mandatory in La. easily passes in Senate

A bill to make it mandatory for all five-year-olds in Louisiana to attend kindergarten had little trouble gaining approval by the full Senate on Wednesday, May 12.

  A Journey of Hope: One high school graduate’s path to college, despite her diagnosis

  East Texas superintendents say stimulus for schools to expand learning programs, improve facilities

Marshall ISD no longer requiring masks on campus, at events

  Class Act: Highlighting LSU graduate Jake Crusan

  East Texas students raise money to create water well in Uganda

Angler of the Year team announced at Ultimate High School Fishing Classic on Lake Bob Sandlin

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  Bossier Parish Schools superintendent, parents talk about getting kids vaccinated against COVID-19

LSU set to hold spring commencement in person with updated guidelines

Board of Supervisors names Dr. William Tate IV as next LSU president, first African American at LSU & in SEC to hold position

  LSU presidential search near end; announcement expected during Board of Supervisors meeting Thursday

  ‘COVID has impacted students differently’: East Texas school leaders discuss lost learning amid pandemic

  Attorney, LSU Health Sciences employees speak at news conference about allegations against medical school chancellor

McNeese announces plans for 2021 spring commencement

McNeese State University has announced plans for their 2021 spring commencement.

La. Department of Education partners with Ochsner Health to launch virtual therapy program for educators and support staff

More than 166,000 educators statewide will have access to free mental health virtual visits.

SPRING 2021 GRADUATION: Share your photos here

Graduation season for spring of 2021 is in full swing!

SU Law Center moving forward with plans for off-campus instructional site in Shreveport-Bossier area

The Southern University Law Center (SULC) is moving forward with plans to create an off-campus instructional site (OCIS) to educate more legal students in the Shreveport-Bossier area.

WATCH: 3 LSU president finalists begin interviews in Shreveport on May 2

LSU narrows search for next president down to 3 candidates, including former BPCC chancellor, former NSU president

Nacogdoches ISD in early planning stages to offer voluntary COVID-19 vaccines to high school students

  Caddo Parish Public Schools starts vaccinating students against COVID-19

NSU to relax COVID-19 restrictions for spring graduation ceremonies

NSU faculty members collecting items to assist in SEACOR search

  Caddo School District to start offering COVID-19 vaccinations for students age 16 or older

There's still no vaccine approved for children younger than 16 years old; clinical trials are underway

  Caddo teacher arrested on charge of simple battery, placed on leave while school district investigates

According to the police report, Melody Moffett, 66, is facing a charge of simple battery.

$11.2 billion in federal funds released for Texas public schools

Wednesday $11.2 billion in federal funds were released to help public schools address student learning loss and costs incurred as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Band director at NSU steps down

Dr. Jeffrey Mathews, band director at Northwestern State University, will step down effective May 3, the school announced Tuesday, April 27.

  Bossier Schools announces summer programs to help make up for lost learning

Using federal dollars, these programs are free for students.

Motivational speaker encourages students at Werner Park Academy ahead of testing week

Students at Werner Park Academy got off to an uplifting start this week thanks to a motivational speaker.

  Kilgore College outlines pedestrian bridge replacement plans

KLTV’s Jamey Boyum talks with Kilgore College Media Relations Director Chris Craddock about plans to replace the walking bridge that used to span highway 259.

  Search committee narrows down list of candidates for next LSU president to 8

The LSU Presidential Search Committee has announced the list of candidates who are seeking to become the next president of the university.

  East Ascension high schooler earns $1.9 million in scholarship offers

East Ascension High School student Lauren Bennett is graduating in May with a 4.6-grade point average and accepted into 49 universities

  LS LAMP program at LaTech aims to increase minority recruiting, mentorship in STEM fields

Four members of the faculty from three different colleges at Louisiana Tech University are now receiving grant funding to recruit and mentor minority students to increase their participation in STEM fields.

  Grambling State, SUSLA awarded $20,000 from the Home Depot

‘ReTool Your School’ was created to pour into, upgrade and improve historically black colleges and universities all across the country.

  ArkLaTex university gets major donation to bring more students of color to campus

An ArkLaTex university received a major donation that officials say they hope will increase the number of students of color on their campus.

  Most Louisiana schools say they are not forcing educators to get vaccinated

Most Parish Schools say they are not forcing educators to get vaccinated, but do they do need to since more children will be in the classroom come fall?

  MISD approves one-time $500 COVID-19 stipend for full-time employees

“The Board wishes to express our gratitude for all the hard work and sacrifice our staff has put in to provide the best possible learning experience for our students this year.”

  Tom Galligan withdraws name from search for LSU’s next president

LSU interim president Tom Galligan will not seek to become the next president of LSU, he announced on Twitter Tuesday, April 20.

Bill could require school nurses to undergo additional training

A new bill discussed at the state capitol could require more training for school nurses.

Northwestern State President Chris Maggio announces retirement

He became president of NSU in January 2017 and been with the university as a member of staff, faculty and administration for 33 years.

Prescott School District to make masks optional

The district says social distancing and other CDC guidelines will remain in place.

Grambling State student is off to Ivy League graduate school after fulfilling her dying mother’s wish

“You’re going to have to keep going because time doesn’t stop. I lived my life, now you live your own life”

  Bayou Classic showcases importance of HBCUs

Shreveport’s Bayou Classic is showcasing Southern University and Grambling State University this year.

Hope Public Schools searching for new superintendent

The Hope Public School Board of Education is on the search for a new superintendent.

  #HBCUSTEMgrad: Black woman becomes first person in La. to earn degree in cybersecurity

A Black woman at Grambling University is making history.

TASD celebrates opening of new middle school

This is the first new school constructed in the school district in nearly 40 years.

  New Arkansas bill plans to eliminate disparities in teacher pay

Governor Asa Hutchinson has signed into law a bill that legislators are hoping will help keep good teachers in Arkansas classrooms. This is good news for small districts trying to compete.

LSU student-athletes discuss solutions to Title IX reports

LSU student-athletes gathered outside of the PMAC on Monday, April 12, to discuss how to hold coaches and students accountable for their actions.

Longview ISD set to convert baseball, softball fields to turf

Changes are coming to the Longview baseball and softball fields.

Teachers react to governor signing salary raising bills

With Senate Bill 504 and House Bill 1614 signed into law, teachers at Marked Tree School District say it will improve the education system in the state and will improve teacher retention rates.

Longview ISD shares plan for final six weeks of school, graduation

WEBXTRA: How Longview ISD is handling graduation and the final six weeks of school

Gov. Hutchinson signs bills raising median teacher salary

Governor Asa Hutchinson signed two bills Monday afternoon that will raise the median teacher salary by $2,000.

Longview ISD plans to offer multiple graduation options

Longview ISD is currently planning multiple graduation options for seniors to select for their final steps at Longview High School.

LSU Board discusses leadership and Title IX compliance

The LSU Board of Supervisors met held a rare meeting on the morning of Saturday, April 10

  Family, friends of missing LSU student hold prayer vigil

Family, friends and classmates gathered Friday night to pray over the search of missing LSU Freshman Kori Gauthier

Caddo Parish Schools releases plan to address student achievement

Caddo Parish Public Schools has announced they are unveiling a plan to address unfinished learning and individual student needs before schools return to in-person learning.

Caddo school board member announces retirement after decades working for the parish

The board member for District 7 of the Caddo Parish School Board has resigned after serving on the board for six years, the school board announced Tuesday, April 6.

First day of STAAR testing canceled for thousands of students experiencing technical issues across Texas

Texas education officials advised districts to suspend the first day of STAAR testing after thousands of students showed up in person and were prevented from taking the standardized test online because of widespread technical issues across the state.

La. lawmaker withdraws bill making it potentially illegal to teach about racism & sexism

The bill, which addresses training at K-12 schools and postsecondary education institutions with respect to certain concepts related to race and sex, was voluntarily withdrawn by the author pending further dialogue on the issue.

  Red River United files lawsuit against Caddo Parish School District alleging discriminatory distribution of $1k stipend

Red River United (RRU) has filed a lawsuit against the Caddo Parish School District for what the organization claims is the “discriminatory manner in which the district intends to exclude certain employees from a planned stipend.”

Arkansas High School students win top prize in fishing tournament

The first-place team weighed in at 11.23 pounds, walking away with $237.50 and two Denali rods.

Reported sexual assault on LSU campus allegedly involving student-athlete under investigation; students react to latest case

LSU is investigating an alleged sex crime from early February that reportedly involved a student-athlete.

MHS alum Richele Langley named lone finalist for Superintendent of Marshall ISD

”I am thrilled to be returning to Marshall ISD and for the opportunity to come home to my alma mater and the district where I spent 22 years teaching and serving the children of Marshall,” said Dr. Langley.

  LSU assoc. dean of students under review; asked not to participate in decision making

LSU Associate Dean of Students Jonathan Sanders is under review by the university’s human resources department following allegations Sanders gave lenient punishments following the outcomes of Title IX investigations.

Longview ISD suspends remote learning, requires students return to campuses in April

Longview Independent School District is transitioning away from remote learning and requesting all students return to on-campus education for the final six weeks period.

  Some Ark. businesses, schools to continue mask policy after state mandate lifted

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson has lifted the state’s mask mandate after data shows a decrease in positive COVID-19 cases and a decrease in hospitalizations in the state. But even with the adjustments, things will remain the same for some businesses.

Pediatric specialist, parents discuss Pfizer vaccine being available before kids head back to school

Currently, Pfizer’s vaccine is the only one that the FDA has approved for teenagers age 16 or older

Longview ISD Foundation presents nearly $20,000 in grants to district

The Longview ISD Foundation presented nearly $20,000 in grants to the district at a breakfast Wednesday morning.

  ‘We are all very disappointed and let down’: LSUS students, faculty at odds over virtual commencement ceremonies

With graduation season approaching, LSU Shreveport seniors are voicing their discontent over the university's decision to host spring commencement ceremonies virtually.

Could Louisiana universities require students to get the COVID vaccine?

Could colleges and universities force students to get the COVID vaccine?

TASD to continue mask requirement for students, staff

The Texarkana Arkansas School District has announced they will continue to require staff and students to wear masks until the school board meets to discuss changes, if any, for the remainder of the school year.

THE INVESTIGATORS: Alpha Kappa Alpha chapter at Southern University hit with cease and desist order while school investigates complaint

The Beta Psi chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. is not allowed to host any activities after a complaint was sent to the school’s Office of Student Affairs.

  Texarkana College again draws accolades for its graduation rates

For the sixth consecutive year, it ranks in the top percentile among all community colleges in Texas

  Caddo Parish School Board approves $1,000 supplement for staff, substitutes

The Caddo Parish School Board has voted to approve a one-time supplement of $1,000 for district employees as a thank you for their work during a difficult school year.

  TISD initiating incentive program for teachers

New pay incentives are on the way for teachers in the Texarkana Texas Independent School District.

SFA ‘swatting’ victim sues school, alleged perpetrators

A former SFA student whose dorm was entered by university police following a false report is suing the school and students accused of setting up the “swatting” incident.

Arkansas governor signs computer science requirement bill

Arkansas’ governor has signed into law legislation to require that high school students take a computer science course before graduating.

Following probation decision, OSU to meet Tuesday to discuss F. King Alexander

The Oregon State University Board of Trustees announced that they will meet on Tuesday in a public session to decide on a course of action for President F. King Alexander

  LSU Health Shreveport holds annual Match Day ceremony for graduates

Friday, March 19 was Match Day for medical students nationwide.

2021 Miss LSUS announced as tradition continues despite pandemic

LSUS has named its 2021 Miss LSUS as the tradition continues amid the coronavirus pandemic.

  Oregon State places former LSU president F. King Alexander on probation following Husch Blackwell report

Oregon State University has postponed its decision on the future of its president, former LSU president F. King Alexander. Instead, the board voted, by a vote of 12-2, to put him on probation through June 1, 2021.