NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A national education assessment released Wednesday shows math scores for Louisiana's eighth graders went up five points over the past two years — the best rate of improvement in...
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's four-year high school graduation rate has surpassed 80% for the first time, and the graduation rate for African American students in the state has — for the...
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards is urging lawmakers to add more money for early childhood education to next year's budget after receiving criticism for shortchanging the programs....
CORINTH, Miss. (AP) — A northeast Mississippi man will serve 38 years in prison after pleading guilty to two counts of second-degree murder in the 2015 killing of a couple.
DENVER (AP) — Investigators believe a 7-year-old boy found dead in a Denver storage unit just before Christmas last attended school in late May, a police spokesman said Friday.
Sgt. John White said investigators are focused on what happened to the boy between then and Dec. 23, when police found his body inside the storage facility after getting information from police in neighboring Aurora.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana students who complete specified courses in science, technology, engineering and mathematics may soon be able to earn special endorsements on their high school diplomas.
Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education members are scheduled soon to consider the new diploma endorsements for completion of what are popularly known as STEM courses.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Six Louisiana public schools are 2018 National Blue Ribbon Schools, a federal designation to honor schools that are high-performing or that have closed achievement gaps.
The U.S. Department of Education chose 349 schools across the nation. State Superintendent of Education John White says Louisiana's schools should be proud to be named.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Superintendent of Education John White says annual letter grades for Louisiana's public schools will be released Nov. 8.
The grades, along with accompanying school performance scores, spell out how students fared on key tests, graduation rates and other measurements.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's education superintendent says salaries for public school teachers need to be raised.
State Superintendent of Education John White made his comments Thursday on a local radio show. The Advocate reports that White noted teacher pay has slipped below the regional average after Louisiana reached that longtime target in 2007.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's education superintendent has received his latest positive evaluation from the state's K-12 public education board.
The state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education reviewed John White's performance in a closed-door session Wednesday, as it's done in previous years. The board doesn't release its findings publicly.
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man has pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of an innocent bystander who had left his home to investigate a nearby disturbance.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana State Police have applied for two federal grants meant to increase school security to prevent shootings.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The waiting list for a Louisiana child care program used by low-income working families is being trimmed by about 4,500, after a one-time injection of federal dollars.
The Child Care Assistance Program offers aid to low-income parents who are working or attending school.
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — More than $38 million in industrial revenue bonds has been approved to help pay for Cargill's new biodiesel plant in Wichita.
The Wichita Eagle reports that the city council approved the bonds on Tuesday. The plant is part of an $87 million project being built at Cargill's facility. Mayor Jeff Longwell says the city is "thrilled" in the investment in the city.
DENVER (AP) — Police are investigating after two men reported being stabbed outside a Denver nightclub by a man who was yelling anti-gay slurs.
According to police records, 24-year-old Dylan Payne faces an assault charge for stabbing the two victims outside The Church Nightclub in downtown Denver around 1 a.m. on Sunday.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Close to 7,000 teachers are expected to attend a three-day gathering in New Orleans dedicated to professional development.
The Louisiana Department of Education's sixth annual Louisiana Teacher Leader Summit begins Wednesday at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Lottery officials say a single ticket sold at a New Jersey grocery store won the Powerball jackpot worth an estimated $315.3 million.
The New Jersey Lottery says the winning ticket for Saturday night's drawing was sold at a Shoprite in Hackensack, Bergen County. The ticket matched all five white balls and the Powerball to win the jackpot, which has a $183.2 million cash value.
ABBEVILLE, Ala. (AP) — The body of the last of three missing fishermen has been found in Alabama, following a five-day search.
Henry County Sheriff Will Maddox tells The Dothan Eagle that searchers located 51-year-old Keith Price, of Headland, near Thomas Mill Creek on Monday morning.
ABBEVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Authorities say they've found the bodies of two men who didn't return from a fishing trip in southeast Alabama on Wednesday, and they're still looking for a third person.
Henry County officials say the search will continue Monday.
Dive teams and dogs were used on Sunday, when Henry County Coroner Derek Wright says the body of John White of Headland was located.
DENVER (AP) — The Latest on the search for an escaped inmate in Denver (all times local):
Two people believed to be connected to an escaped inmate are hospitalized after an officer-involved shooting in northeast Denver.
Police spokesman John White says officers trying to find 23-year-old Mauricio Venzor-Gonzalez were led to a home in the Denver suburb of Aurora on Monday night. Two people fled in an SUV, and shots were fired following a high-speed chase.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's launching a national search for a new superintendent to manage the state's schools for deaf, blind and special education students, fter report commissioned by the state education department found the schools needed leadership with more expertise.
The schools are combined into what is called the Special School District.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — More than 30 charter schools created by Louisiana's education board can continue to receive financing through the state's public school funding formula, after the state Supreme Court ruled Tuesday against a union that argued the payment method was unconstitutional.
In a 5-2 decision, the high court overturned a lower court ruling that threatened to upend payments for the 35 schools and their 18,000 students.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A new effort to force out Louisiana's top public schools leader has failed.
District Court Judge Todd Hernandez rejected a lawsuit from critics of Superintendent of Education John White seeking to oust the schools chief.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — New rules will govern how high school students can earn college credit through dual enrollment courses.
The Advocate reports the Louisiana Board of Regents approved the new standards Monday.
Dual enrollment courses are supposed to mirror the classes taken by college students. But higher education officials questioned whether the courses were rigorous enough.
DENVER (AP) — Police say a woman and two boys were shot and wounded in the parking lot of a Denver high school.
The Denver Post reports one of the boys was in critical condition after the Thanksgiving Day shooting outside Manual High School.
Police spokesman John White says the victims were in a car when two or three suspects approached on foot, fired into the car and fled.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's education department is looking for a college in the state willing to be the home base for a teacher training initiative.
The education department released its application for higher education institutions to apply to house the Louisiana Educator Research Consortium for a five-year period.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A state audit released Monday criticizes how Louisiana's education department monitors charter schools, and calls on the agency to tighten its reviews to better track the performance of schools that educate tens of thousands of public school students.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Syracuse police have identified the victim of a shooting over the weekend, but are still searching for suspects.
Police say 22-year-old John White was shot and killed early Sunday in Syracuse. Sgt. Richard Helterline says White was suffering from gunshot wounds when police responded to the scene just after midnight Saturday.
White was then transported to a hospital where he later died of his injuries.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana will receive a more than $55 million federal grant to help improve the reading and writing skills of its students.
The state education department announced Tuesday that it is one of 11 states chosen by the U.S. Department of Education to receive the Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy grant.
OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — Police and school officials in a Maryland suburb of Washington say a high school was put on lockdown after a student was found with a handgun.
DENVER (AP) — A former Colorado state senator and judge and his wife have been identified as the victims of possible carbon monoxide poisoning in their Denver home, officials said Tuesday.
The bodies of Roger Cisneros, 93, and his wife, Adelia, 89, were found Monday in their southwestern Denver residence, according to Denver Mayor Michael Hancock's office.
Cisneros served 12 years as a Colorado state senator before he was appointed a district court judge in 1977.
DENVER (AP) — Investigators say the deaths of two people inside a Denver home might be linked to carbon monoxide poisoning.
John White, a spokesman for the Denver Police Department, says officers were called to the home in the southwestern part of the city Monday afternoon. Investigators believe the victims died of carbon monoxide poisoning, but the coroner's office will make a final determination.
White says he does not know who discovered the bodies.
DENVER (AP) — Denver police are investigating a report that a high school student was subjected to racial slurs and physically assaulted on a mass-transit bus.
Denver Public Schools said Friday the student was black and the alleged attacker was an older white man, and that the assault appeared to be racially motivated.
Police spokesman John White said he couldn't confirm whether race was a factor. He said officers are looking for witnesses and reviewing video from a camera on the bus.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's education superintendent received another positive job evaluation Wednesday from the state's top public school board, which didn't publicly address criticism that the schools chief isn't legally in the job.
The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, known as BESE, reviewed John White's performance in a four-hour, closed-door session. After it was over, no document was released and no public discussion of the evaluation was held.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's public high school students performed slightly better on the ACT college readiness test in the most recent results, continuing a trend of improvement for the last four years, according to data released Wednesday.
The state education department said the average composite score for high school students during the last school year reached 19.6, edging up from 19.5 in 2016. The average has gradually increased from 19.1 since the 2012-13 school year.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — More than 6,500 Louisiana high school students scored well enough on Advanced Placement tests this year to earn college course credit, the state Department of Education said Thursday.
The number was a nearly 10 percent increase over last year. It's a 137 percent increase from 2012, when 2,747 students earned college credit.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards said Louisiana's public schools superintendent hasn't followed the legal requirements for keeping his job, wading into a dispute Wednesday that prompted a now-dismissed lawsuit but not saying whether he'll file his own court challenge.
The governor has clashed with Superintendent of Education John White over education policy. But Edwards doesn't have enough votes on the state education board to oust the superintendent directly.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The drive to improve Louisiana's public school achievement stalled in the third year of tougher standards, with students in grades 3-8 showing little change in their standardized test scores.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A lawsuit brought by more than a dozen Louisiana residents trying to remove the state's public schools superintendent from office was dismissed Monday by a state district judge.
The lawsuit claimed Superintendent of Education John White needed to be reconfirmed by the Louisiana Senate to continue holding the position, which oversees policy decisions that affect more than 700,000 public school students.
BUXTON, N.C. (AP) — The ground teems with evidence that John White's Lost Colony came here.
A few shovelfuls of earth in a school yard or private driveway can uncover relics dating to the late 1500s, when English settlers landed on - and then mysteriously left - Roanoke Island 50 miles to the north.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Seventy-seven percent of Louisiana high school students graduated on time last year — a half-percentage point dip from 2015 but still well above the roughly 65 percent rate 10 years earlier, according to figures released Friday by the state Department of Education.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Critics of Louisiana's state education superintendent filed a lawsuit Tuesday challenging his validity in the position.
They asked a judge to require Superintendent John White to be reconfirmed by the state Senate by the June 8 end of the legislative session or to declare his job vacant.
White has been superintendent since 2012, when he was appointed by the 11-member state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education and approved by the Senate.
DENVER (AP) — Police say a teenage boy has died after an accidental fall at a school in Denver, but few details have been released.
The Denver Post reports (http://dpo.st/2omtEDp ) the teen fell at Denver Academy Friday night.
A witness, Peter Mesropov, tells KCNC-TV (http://cbsloc.al/2oPbZWc) the boy fell from the roof while playing a game with other boys.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's top public school board ignored the wishes of Gov. John Bel Edwards and moved ahead Wednesday with plans to submit a redesign of state education policies to the federal government next month.
Edwards wanted the submission delayed until mid-September, saying it needed more work.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Latest on a plan to rework Louisiana's public school regulations (all times local):
Gov. John Bel Edwards lost his effort to delay submission of Louisiana's plan to redesign state education policies for public schools.