No School Choice: Louisiana Special Education: Louisiana’s new “School Choice” law has many parents of special-needs students crying “discrimination.” Although charters are public schools, so far they don’t have a good track record of providing special education services. According to Louisiana Department of Education’s own data, 91 percent of charter schools in the state do not serve students with multiple disabilities
Growing STEM in the Southeast: STEM is a growing movement in the Southeast. In Tennessee, education officials hope their program will become the gold standard for the South. But other Southern states are growing their own STEM movements, too.
Louisiana Migrant Worker Education Program Expands: Louisiana’s first migrant worker high school equivalency program is attracting new students. The program opened in the fall with 70 students at schools in two parishes. Now a third parish has added a school, and attendance is up to 98 students. Despite the expansion, the challenge is going to be ensuring there’s enough money to keep the program going. KEDM-FM's Southern Education Desk reporter John Hughes reports.
Teaching Out of the Box: Algebra for ESL Students: Smyrna High School (just outside Nashville, TN) had to re-think its approach to ESL teaching with a recent influx of refugee students from Burma. That required teachers willing to try some unorthodox approaches to classroom lessons. NPT's Southern Education Desk reporter LaTonya Turner reports.
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