Jefferson Parish schools

Voters in Jefferson Parish will decide on May 4th whether to increase property taxes to support the school system.
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Voters in Jefferson Parish will decide on May 4 whether to approve a millage to give Jefferson Parish teachers and staff a pay raise. It would be the first major across-the-board raise in about 10 years. Early voting is already underway on the new property tax, and goes through April 27th.

The state released the latest "Top Growth" scores Tuesday.
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Louisiana public schools got an overall B on the Louisiana Department of Education's new, tougher school grading system. Meanwhile, in the New Orleans area, Orleans Parish public schools and Jefferson Parish public schools each earned an overall C. 

[Click here to find your school's letter grade.]

The Curve Is Over

Cade Brumley takes questions before being appointed superintendent.
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Tuesday is Election Day, and voters in Jefferson Parish will have an opportunity to decide who will represent them on the parish school board. Jefferson Parish has the largest school system in the state, with about 50,000 students. And the nine-member school board has been divided in recent years over the direction of the system.

Cade Brumley was sworn in as Superintendent of Jefferson Parish Schools.
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Jefferson Parish schools swore in its new superintendent Monday night - former DeSoto Parish schools superintendent Cade Brumley.

The state released the latest "Top Growth" scores Tuesday.
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On average, kids in Louisiana public schools tested slightly better on their standardized tests this year. But New Orleans-area kids still trail behind the state, and achievment gaps for certain groups of students remain persistent.

 

This year kids were tested in math, social studies and English language arts (ELA). The state raised the bar this year for what it means to be on grade level - students now have to score at the “mastery" level to meet the standard.