A Louisiana school district had estimated it will spend about $4.6 million this year to help meet the needs of immigrant students. Officials now anticipate spending an additional $1 million for English-language services for all students.
Elementary- and middle-school students in Lacombe, La., recently learned about the gardening traditions of the Choctaw Indians, among the earliest settlers of the area. Two teachers have collaborated on the project, in which students learn about gardening, local history and tribal traditions.
Louisiana schools need up to $20 million more in state funding to equip every school district with enough computers to meet Common Core State Standards testing requirements, the state's schools chief said Wednesday. State Superintendent of Education John White told lawmakers that two-thirds of the state's 69 school districts meet minimum equipment standards for testing. The state already has delayed tests for elementary and middle schools that are not ready, and has scrapped a previous plan to have high-school students take the tests in 2015.
As Louisiana transitions to administering standardized tests aligned with the Common Core State Standards, state Superintendent John White has proposed that schools' letter grades will decline by no more than one grade this year -- no matter how students score on the exams. The announcement follows the release of scores in New York state and elsewhere showing dramatic decreases in student achievement under the exams.
Members of the New Orleans Recovery School District -- including a state school board member and a judge -- are trying to decide how to spend $1.7 million in funds left behind by schools that never reopened after Hurricane Katrina. The money came from accounts of schools that never reopened or later closed. There are rules on how it can be spent, including the appointment of a five-member committee to consider and approve a spending plan.