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New computerized tests debut this week

The State of Ohio will be the first to administer one of two tests in English language arts and math based on the Common Core standards developed by two separate groups of states. By the end of the school year, about 12 million children in 29 states and the District of Columbia will take them, […]

Midyear budget cuts disproportionately hit elected officials

In the latest round of midyear budget cuts, Gov. Bobby Jindal is taking a deeper carving knife to the spending of his fellow statewide elected officials than to most agencies under his control, including his own office. The governor’s office will come through the $61 million in slashing largely unscathed, taking a reduction of $10,000 […]

Student testing takes too much time away from classroom instruction

The Louisiana Association of Educators (LAE) recently polled teachers in order to gain clarity surrounding their positions on two hot-button issues: state testing and performance evaluations. The association released the results of the survey Monday, offering two major conclusions: Louisiana teachers are not happy with the amount of time required to prepare students for standardized […]

Special ed overhaul triggers new arguments

A task force has voted to form yet another panel to try to resolve problems plaguing a state law aimed at making it easier for students with disabilities to get a high school diploma. Thursday’s decision followed nearly four hours of often pointed exchanges on who bears the blame for troubles surrounding a law that […]

Republicans, Democrats jockey on changing education law

Outnumbered by Republicans, Democratic lawmakers are jockeying to get their views heard as Congress moves ahead on revising the much-maligned No Child Left Behind education law. With votes anticipated in the House and Senate, House Democrats crowded into a small Capitol Hill hearing room Thursday for their own forum on changing the law in protest […]

ATC announces annual Mardi Gras Crackdown

Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control (ATC) agents will be out and about this Mardi Gras season, so area businesses that serve tobacco and alcohol to minors should consider themselves warned. ATC Commissioner Troy Hebert has ordered agents to hit the streets throughout this Mardi Gras season to ensure that alcohol, tobacco, and alternative nicotine […]

Bars, casinos should not face smoking bans

Now that New Orleans has banned smoking in bars and casinos, it seems the trend is spreading across the state, with Baton Rouge and Lafayette officials proposing the same move for their respective cities. The Lafayette City-Parish Council could decide before the summer whether to ban smoking in bars. According to the Associated Press, Council […]

We report the news, and so can you

The community knows there are many items you can always find in the Jennings Daily News (JDN). Whether you want to learn what was discussed at last night’s council meeting, which athlete scored the most points in a hardwood battle or what progress law enforcement has made on a particular case, you will find it […]

Student testing – When is it enough?

Do students take too many tests? Given the complaints about a high-stakes testing culture in classrooms, some states are reviewing the quality and quantity of the tests their students take. Congress is getting into the act, too. Last week, the Senate’s education committee discussed the issue of whether federally mandated annual testing should remain a […]

Coalition aims to protect student-athlete

The 32 Division I conferences have formed a coalition as a show of unity in the face of potential changes and threats that could drastically alter college sports. The “Coalition to Protect the Student-Athlete Experience” is described as a loosely knit forum for the conferences to deliver a message about the benefits college athletes receive. […]

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