Education Desk

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On Friday, Governor John Bel Edwards signed a proclamation closing all public schools in the state for one month to help slow the spread of coronavirus in the state. Schools are scheduled to resume instruction April 13, unless state officials decide otherwise.

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As of Friday, March 13, all public schools in Louisiana have been closed for one month. More information can be found here.

‘He Was Like A Real Brother To Me’: Remembering Deshaun Singleton

Nov 6, 2019
Jacorey Warner [left] is interviewed by his friend and classmate Marneisha Gilmore about his friend Deshaun Singleton.
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Our student-produced series “This Is Why It Matters” is about the people our community has lost to gun violence.

The Nation's report card shows more Louisiana students are performing at proficient, but that the state still trails the rest of the country.
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The "Nation's Report Card," or the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), shows Louisiana students are performing better in math and reading, but that the state still lags behind the rest of the nation, as well as the rest of the South.

The NAEP is based on nationally representative testing of thousands of 4th and 8th grade students in reading and math. It's carried out by the federal government through the National Center for Education Statistics.

A professor at Tulane University School of Medicine says top male physicians created a hostile work environment.
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Top male professors at Tulane University School of Medicine created a "long-standing hostile and discriminatory work environment" for the women physicians, researchers and staff  who worked there, according to a complaint filed in federal court by Tulane medical school professor and physician Dr. Lesley Saketkoo.

Success Prep Academy School Nurse Michone Wells is using telemedicine to get students quicker access to a pediatrician.
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Many of us have been there: you get a call from school saying your child is sick, and needs to be picked up. The logistics of leaving work, getting to school and getting to the doctor can be a nightmare. Now NOLA Public Schools and Jefferson Parish Schools are using technology to help parents out, and get kids back in the classroom faster. It's called telemedicine, a rapidly growing field that lets doctors provide care for patients using remote technology like video.

More than 400 school buses that operate in New Orleans haven't been inspected yet by the city.
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After a city investigation revealed serious safety concerns about school buses last year, the New Orleans City Council decided to start inspecting them. But more than a month into the school year, more than 80 percent of the city’s school buses have yet to pass inspection.

Students at Phillis Wheatley tested the impacts of the I-10 on their environment.
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The health impacts of urban highways are becoming clear to researchers. Here in New Orleans, the I-10, or "The Monster," has been linked to higher rates of asthma and other lung diseases, as well as heart disease. This week, a group of fourth graders from Phillis Wheatley Community School trekked out to the freeway to collect their own findings on the environmental impacts on their neighborhood.

Orleans Parish officials say this is the fourth year of stagnant or declining test scores.
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An Orleans Parish judge issued an order Monday morning blocking administrators at Sophie B. Wright Charter School from banning students from their graduation ceremony. But the order came too late for students to attend.

The New Orleans Criminal District Court, where students 17 and over have been prosecuted for allegedly making threats on their school.
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Last fall, a student told a joke at International High School of New Orleans. It landed him in jail.