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ACT scores rise for 2nd straight year in Louisiana

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The Times-Picayune, July 16, 2015—ACT scores slightly improved this year in Louisiana public schools, marking the second straight year of performance growth. On average, Louisiana students scored a 19.4 on the 36-point scale, up 0.2 from last year, according to data released Thursday (July 16).

Last year’s score was up from the previous year’s 19.1. The slow-but-steady progress shows a state push toward higher expectations has paid off, state Education Superintendent John White said.

“It reflects the extraordinary teaching and learning that has gone on in our schools,” White added.

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Post-Katrina African-Americans in New Orleans: income loss, education gain

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The Times-Picayune, July 3, 2015The post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans’ African-American community has made educational gains since the storm, but has not increased its median income as much as white households, according to a presentation Friday (July 3) by the Urban League of Greater New Orleans and the National Urban League.

The organizations took advantage of a 2015 Essence Festival in full swing to answer participants’ questions about the city’s shifting post-K demographics and promote its “RISE: Katrina 10” conference in late August.

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BESE applauds Common Core compromise, plans February vote on revised standards

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The Times-Picayune, June 16, 2015—What will Louisiana’s new math and English standards look like? On Feb. 2, 2016, we might know.

A new review panel will take its final vote that day on standards to replace Common Core, according to a timeline the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education approved in committee Tuesday (June 16).

The state board decided in early spring to review the controversial math and English benchmarks. A three-bill legislative compromise made that final and shortened the timeline. Gov. Bobby Jindal has said he will sign the bills into law.

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A winner in Louisiana’s state budget: K-12 education

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The Times-Picayune, June 16, 2015In a session focused on a higher education funding crisis, the Louisiana Legislature gave primary and secondary schools a boost. The budget, which awaits Gov. Bobby Jindal’s signature, includes $3.7 billion for public schools. That’s about $84 million more than last year, Education Department officials said, and amounts to an extra $54 per student, for a total of $4,015.

The Legislature also found $42 million for private school vouchers, a Jindal priority.

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