September 2, 2013 3:55 AM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Tony Lee had been a working man all his life. Then an injury left him unable to continue his job as an electrician. The Marine veteran found himself idle and unhappy. "I was really taking it hard," Lee said. His wife, Linette, suggested he get involved... more »
March 22, 2013 7:54 PM
A student teacher at Carencro High is looking for a new place to teach so he can complete his degree requirements and graduate in May.
Less than 24 hours after Derrick Comeaux spoke up about discipline problems, he was escorted off campus by police.
"You need to get... more »
March 20, 2013 7:35 PM
A Lafayette Parish School Board Member is questioning whether a program designed to keep kids in the classroom at N.P. Moss Prepatory Academy is really working.
He became alarmed after a recent visit to the school. School Board Member Mark Babineaux is questioning how effective alternative programs are at... more »
March 13, 2013 7:04 PM
Students from across Acadiana were watching and waiting for a new Pope to be elected.
Our Lady of Fatima in Lafayette was on papal alert. Throughout the day they made announcements for teachers to turn their televisions to the news when they though a Pope would be elected. Teachers... more »
February 27, 2013 8:52 AM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The University of Louisiana Board of Supervisors has approved a 10 percent tuition hike at all nine of their campuses for the 2013-14 school year. The Advocate reports the average increase for in-state students will be $546, bringing a year's tuition to about $6,103. That's... more »
October 16, 2012 7:27 AM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A Baton Rouge middle school where building and safety problems were reported is about to begin classes again. Students from Crestworth Learning Academy this year have been attending classes at Glen Oaks Middle School after reports of problems at Crestworth such as plumbing pulled form... more »
September 25, 2012 9:29 AM
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - The University of Louisiana at Lafayette's campus is on track for major upgrades, and the student body will vote next month on whether to help pay for the work in the school's master plan.
The Advertiser reports much of the plan calls for reducing vehicle... more »
September 25, 2012 8:11 AM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - LSU and Baton Rouge Community College are teaming up with the help of a federal grant to make sure more students earn degrees in the biomedical and behavioral sciences. LSU says the five-year, $1.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health will fund the... more »
August 8, 2012 6:22 PM
Many students this week will head back to school, but some don't have basic needs like school supplies or uniforms.
The Salvation Army put together a drive two weeks ago but as KATC's Chris Welty found out, the drive almost did not happen.
I'm doing a lot to... more »
July 9, 2012 7:06 AM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Southern University will compete for a share of Baton Rouge's community college market this fall as part of a strategy to boost sagging enrollment. The student numbers have dipped during the past several years with the introduction of tougher state admissions standards. The Advocate reports... more »
June 4, 2012 9:41 AM
The Burger King TM Scholars Program is proud to name Emily Welch and Kristopher Meche the recipients of the 2012 $1000 Scholarship Award.
The Burger King TM Scholars program, help students offset the cost of attending college or a post-secondary vocational/technical school. The recipients are selected based on their... more »
May 11, 2012 5:34 AM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Former President Bill Clinton told a group of graduating high school students in New Orleans that the future of the recovering city and the country is in their hands. Clinton was the keynote speaker at Thursday's ceremony recognizing the first graduating class of the New Orleans... more »
May 3, 2012 10:27 AM
ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - A state audit has found that more than half of the 79 students at the Louisiana Special Education Center in Alexandria are too old and should be transitioned to community-based homes run by a division of the Department of Health and Hospitals. The Town Talk reports... more »
April 13, 2012 6:43 PM
Students in Lafayette Parish public schools could be drug tested as soon as next year.
Superintendent Dr. Pat Cooper said the drug tests would be voluntary, by parents' choice, free, and confidential. There would also be no punishment for students who test positive.
"It's non-punitive, if you get... more »
April 2, 2012 7:42 PM
The new academic turnaround program at Northside High School is starting to take shape, with a surprise visit from three New York Times best- selling authors Monday.
The students just finished a school-wide book study on "The Pact." It's an inspirational and true story about three young men who... more »
March 26, 2012 5:51 AM
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant on Sunday expressed his sorrow at the shooting deaths of two college students in the state over the weekend. Late Saturday, 21-year-old John Sanderson of Madison, Miss., was shot to death in a Mississippi State University dormitory, though the killing appears to... more »
March 16, 2012 9:15 AM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Three LSU men's coaches and the athletic director are giving $4,000 so LSU students don't have to pay for tickets to the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament. League rules don't allow complimentary student admission to tournaments. So football coach Les Miles, basketball coach Trent Johnson and... more »
March 10, 2012 12:14 AM
Some University of Louisiana Lafayette students are upset over a comic strip that ran in this week's edition of the campus newspaper, The Vermilion. Those students say the cartoon is racially charged and shouldn't have run in the student-run paper. The Vermilion's editor in chief explains why they printed the... more »
March 1, 2012 11:02 AM
Scott, LA Students at J. Wallace James are reading in the halls, reading in the malls, preparing to take part in "Read The Most From Coast To Coast," on March 2, 2012, Dr. Seuss's Birthday.
"Read The Most From Coast To Coast," a national reading event set for March... more »
January 19, 2012 7:34 PM
A few St Landry Parish teenagers are in critical condition after being involved in a major accident Wednesday night. It involved five high school students and one middle school student on Highway 3043.
It was a hard day for students and faculty at Northwest High in Prairie Ronde as... more »
January 12, 2012 4:03 PM
After a much deserved break, thousands of UL Lafayette students returned to school Wednesday.
This school year brings lots of excitement as UL has several major construction projects underway.
Just last year, UL's new dorms became a reality and one week ago, the newsest dorms, Huger Hall opened.... more »
December 16, 2011 3:08 PM
Academy Sports + Outdoors in Lafayette collaborated with Ossun Elementary to give back this holiday season by awarding bikes and helmets to 30 children through its 10th annual bike donation program.
Academy provides schools with bikes to reward children at the school under certain criteria including outstanding academic performance,... more »
December 5, 2011 10:26 PM
Lafayette High School teacher Katie Champagne was released from jail Monday night on a $30,000 bond. Police are charging Champagne with six counts of indecency with a juvenile.
Police say Champagne willingly went to the Lafayette Police Department for questioning Monday afternoon. After meeting with investigators, she was brought... more »
November 30, 2011 10:51 PM
An investigation into a Lafayette High School teacher is still ongoing, after a female student claimed a female teacher fondled her and several other students at school.
And while Lafayette Police were searching surveillance video of the room where the alleged incidents happened, they discovered another troubling incident.
... more »
October 3, 2011 7:18 PM
Most Americans can identity Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks, but a new study suggests children don't know enough about one of the most important times in our country's history--the Civil Rights' Movement.
The study ranked every state on a scale from 'A' to 'F'. Only three states... more »
September 13, 2011 5:57 AM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - On Thursday, the Scholastic Writing Awards will begin accepting works from students in grades seven through 12 for their writing competition. The contest is open to students in 22 parishes. Top winners receive more than $6,000 in prizes. Writing categories include poetry, short story, science fiction,... more »
May 19, 2011 4:34 AM
Wednesday night, the Lafayette Parish School Board voted to end block scheduling at high schools in the parish.
That scheduling format has been in place in Lafayette high schools since 2004, allowing students to take 4 classes each day, every other day. That allowed them the opportunity to take... more »
May 16, 2011 5:45 AM
According to St. Landry Parish President Don Menard, all public schools in the Parish will be open this week. Although students in areas affected by evacuations will be excused if they can't make it to their schools. more »
May 1, 2011 2:02 PM
As storms travelled through Alabama last week, also travelling in the state a group of middle school students from Lafayette.
It was a field trip these student won't soon forget and a KATC exclusive as parents and students spoke only with us when they returned home.
"It was... more »
March 14, 2011 11:50 PM
Criticism quickly followed Governor Bobby Jindal's newly released budget plan. One red flag is tuition hikes for Louisiana colleges.
Included in Jindal's new budget is a spending provision of $98 million dollars which Jindal hopes state colleges will get through tuition hikes.
"I don't like it, I really... more »
January 25, 2011 9:56 PM
Flu activity appears to be peaking in Louisiana and here in Acadiana this week. And that can certainly be seen in some local school, with one school in Lafayette reporting roughly 10 percent of its students out sick this week.
"I know in her class there was 5 or... more »
January 13, 2011 1:33 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) - School cafeterias would have to hold the fries - and serve kids more whole grains, fruits and vegetables - under the government's plans for the first major nutritional overhaul of students' meals in 15 years. The Agriculture Department proposal announced Thursday applies to lunches subsidized by the... more »
December 27, 2010 11:19 AM
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - A GED wouldn't have been enough for Jude Eschete - he was determined to get a high-school diploma. Two days before his class graduated from Carencro High School last year, he learned that he wouldn't be getting a diploma because he was two points short of... more »
October 29, 2010 5:06 PM
The deadly incident on McKinley St. Thursday, is leaving some students at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette on edge. Especially those who pass through the crime scene area everyday to get to campus.
"It's crazy cause this is my daily walk," said Langhston Williams, a sophomore at UL.... more »
September 30, 2010 11:45 PM
LAFAYETTE, La.- Ten students and one graduate of Comeaux high school are busted after vandalizing the place. School administrators say the homecoming tradition of decorating the school went way too far. Students glued the school's locks, put trash and furniture on the roof, and smeared ketchup and mustard on walls.... more »
September 27, 2010 6:54 AM
HOUMA, La. (AP) - Four Vandebilt Catholic High School students -- including the football team's starting quarterback -- were killed in a wreck on La. Highway 182 near Houma pickup the victims were in was discovered in a bayou around 1:45 p.m. Sunday, following a multi-parish search by parents and... more »
September 22, 2010 6:15 PM
On September 21, 2010, Port Barre Police arrested two Port Barre High School students on drug charges. The arrests resulted from a tip the School Resource Officer, Mike Clark, received from an anonymous source.
Officer Clark conducted an investigation and uncovered Marijuana on Daryn Pryor 17 years of age... more »
September 22, 2010 11:47 AM
LAFAYETTE - Prospective college students and their parents can learn more about the college-selection and admissions processes during Parents' Night on Sept. 22 at UL Lafayette. The event will be held from 6 - 8 p.m.
The event, hosted by the Office of Enrollment Services, will provide prospective college... more »
September 14, 2010 2:53 PM
A group of UL engineering students are off to Italy to accept an international award for the second time.
The UL Student Chapter of the Society for Petroleum Engineers won the 2010 Outstanding Student Chapter in North America.
They also won the award in 2008.
Two dozen... more »
September 7, 2010 12:53 PM
The University Program Council at UL Lafayette is putting on the biggest pep rally of the year Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m at the Student Union parking lot. Students can meet with athletes and cheer on Louisiana's Ragin' Cajuns before their first home football game. Free food... more »
August 19, 2010 11:31 AM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Uniform policies are being drawn for Louisiana students who plan to graduate from high school in less than four years. The regulations will be presented to the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education in October, said Nancy Beben, director of curriculum standards for the... more »
July 26, 2010 2:06 PM
COLUMBIA, La. (AP) - Four-day school weeks in Caldwell Parish
are a favorite of students and teachers, but a comparison of test
scores before and after shortened weeks show student achievement
could be suffering.
With funding in short supply statewide, many local school
districts... more »
July 13, 2010 9:03 AM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A pilot plan backed by Gov. Bobby Jindal that uses state tax dollars so certain students can attend private schools is producing low test scores, a new study shows. The pilot program stems from a 2008 state law that provided $10 million for up to... more »
June 10, 2010 7:27 AM
Branch, LA - AMIkids Acadiana will be partnering with the residents of Acadia-St. Landry Guest Home in Church Point, Louisiana. Kids will work to build relationships with the residents by playing games and serving meals/snacks June 21 - 25, 2010 from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m as a part of... more »
June 6, 2010 2:24 PM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The CD playing in the background sounds like something you might hear on the radio, until you listen closely to the words. "14, 21, 28, 35, yea I know my multiples cause I'm so fly." The students of Sarah Broome's sixth-grade math class spent the... more »
May 17, 2010 7:15 PM
The developments we see happening in the Gulf are also being closely watched in classrooms. At Catholic High School in New Iberia, students are creating projects to present to the public. Eighth grade Advanced Physical Science students are excited about school and real life lessons they're getting on the constantly... more »
April 16, 2010 2:08 PM
Poor attendance and many students going home sick-- and families without health insurance- create barriers to learning for Carencro Middle School.
The solution, principal Matt Harman says, is an on-campus clinic:
"If they're having illnesses...that translates to how they perform in the classroom; and we have a lot... more »
April 7, 2010 6:49 PM
Early education programs in Lafayette have filled-up quickly in the past, and the same is expected this year. The Picard Center at UL Lafayette researches Pre-K students in language, print and math. Their latest results show that students who attend these programs, not only get better test scores, but are... more »
April 7, 2010 1:35 PM
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Students displaced by 2005's Hurricane Katrina are making academic gains in Texas schools. The Texas Education Agency has released results of a study that tracked the progress of Katrina students. Katrina devastated coastal states in August 2005, sending more than 46,000 young evacuees from Louisiana, Mississippi,... more »
March 18, 2010 5:03 PM
BATON ROUGE, LA - As students across the state gear up to take standardized assessments, with the first testing date set for March 23, the Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) is once again offering assistance to parents and students through its Tutoring Hotline. Additionally, LDOE is reminding families, students and... more »
March 15, 2010 2:29 PM
Louisiana is fixing education problems before they begin, as the first state to start what's known as a "value-added research project."
This program determines the future of Acadiana students.
University of Louisiana at Lafayette and other colleges throughout the state see this as an initiative to help find... more »
February 16, 2010 8:00 AM
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - A $4.8 million federal Recovery Act grant is expected to help area Louisiana Technical College campuses increase the local work force. The grant award totals nearly $4.9 million and will affect more than 700 students across the LTC Greater Acadiana region's campuses in the seven-parish area.... more »
February 12, 2010 12:39 PM
Snow blanketed parts of Acadiana Friday morning. One area seeing the flurries was Opelousas.
Snow twice in one winter is a never-before-seen occurrence for the locals, who were excited when they awoke to see the big snowflakes falling.
"I look at the door and I was like, snow!... more »
February 4, 2010 10:56 AM
LAFAYETTE - On Wednesday, Feb. 10, local restaurant owner Ema Haq will open his Lafayette restaurant Bailey's Seafood and Grill to benefit UL Lafayette students from Haiti.
The restaurant will offer a buffet for patrons from 5 to 10 p.m. with all proceeds going to the already-established UL... more »
January 27, 2010 8:55 PM
HAITIAN RELIEF FUNDS ESTABLISHED AT UL LAFAYETTE FOR STUDENTS LAFAYETTE - Several University of Louisiana at Lafayette students are feeling the effects from the recent earthquake in Haiti. In a blog to the university community, UL Lafayette President Joseph Savoie said 14 students from Haiti have been personally affected by... more »
January 15, 2010 3:14 PM
KATC has learned Lafayette Police are investigating two cases in the parish in which teachers may have injured students.
Investigators say a Lafayette Middle School teacher, 22-year-old John Breaux, is accused of pushing a 13-year-old student over a desk, resulting in the student HURT his leg. He has been... more »
January 13, 2010 11:53 PM
For many in Acadiana, the images of devastation in Haiti may seem like a world away, for others though, the images on television hit painfully close to home, they are of home. "We kept calling, no answer, same with my in-laws, we kept calling, we're still calling and no answer,"... more »
December 20, 2009 3:58 PM
A big day for about 12-hundred UL students it's fall graduation for the class of 2009. We caught up with the College of Liberal Arts at noon. This was one of nine ceremonies taking place around the Cajundome and Convention Center. Four KATC employees got their diplomas this afternoon. Good... more »
December 14, 2009 2:28 PM
In this tough economy young adults are looking for a stable career path, but also for something they will enjoy.
Some St. Martin Parish high school students have found a job that is both: hairstyling.
"It's fun, it's awesome, I love it, we've learned a lot of stuff,"... more »
December 1, 2009 1:29 PM
The State Department of Health and Hospitals in partnership with the Lafayette Parish School System will provide the 2009 H1N1 vaccine to Lafayette Parish students (Pre-K3 through 12) and faculty on Saturday, December 5th from 10am to 4pm. There are five sites where the clinics will be offered; families are... more »
November 24, 2009 2:43 PM
LAFAYETTE - The state Department of Health and Hospitals HAS CHANGED THE TIME OF ITS CLINICS IN LAFAYETTE PARISH.
The department will provide H1N1 2009 flu vaccines to Lafayette Parish students on December 5, 2009 FROM 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Lafayette Parish School System has partnered with... more »
November 24, 2009 10:20 AM
PRESIDENT OBAMA LAUNCHES "EDUCATE TO INNOVATE" CAMPAIGN FOR EXCELLENCE IN SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING & MATH (STEM) EDUCATION
Nationwide effort includes over $260 million in public-private investments to move American students to the top of the pack in science and math achievement over the next decade
President Obama today... more »
November 17, 2009 2:09 PM
November 12, 2009- The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals has requested school districts to participate in providing H1N1 vaccinations to Louisiana's school children. The campaign offers vaccinations to school-aged children identified as the highest risk factor for contracting the infection during this year's flu season. As a result, St.... more »
November 16, 2009 8:22 AM
SHANGHAI (AP) - President Barack Obama is promoting the idea of Internet freedom to people in China - a land where such freedom is uncommon. The president told a group of Chinese students that unrestricted Internet access in the United States is a source of strength. He also says it... more »
November 11, 2009 7:17 PM
Students at Cecilia High showed their appreciation for veterans on their campus today. This was the 6th annual observance the school. The school's band played and students spoke about the importance of honoring those who served in the nation's military. According to Cecilia High School Principal, Anthony Polotzola, this is... more »
November 11, 2009 12:25 PM
Vermilion Parish School Superintendent Randy Schexnayder is taking his mission to Washington DC. Today, he met with Senators Mary Landrieu and David Vitter to try to get FEMA funds to build a flood wall for E. Broussard Elementary in Forked Island. After four years of no recess equipment for students,... more »
November 6, 2009 2:54 PM
New Iberia, LA (November 6, 2009)-EDS fifth grade students engaged in a comprehensive study of Medieval times for the past nine weeks. Beginning with the year 400 A.D. and climaxing with enlightenment of the Renaissance, students enjoyed a multi-discipline approach to their study. Enrichment curricula, such as literature (Library Science... more »
November 5, 2009 8:09 AM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The state is about to replace its high school exit exam. Under existing rules, high school students have to pass the Graduation Exit Exam and meet other course requirements to earn a high school diploma. But that system, which won praise for narrowing the achievement... more »
October 22, 2009 10:13 AM
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - An eighth-grade history teacher who allegedly discussed and distributed inappropriate information to students and sued the Lafayette Parish School Board in an attempt to bar it from using evidence of the allegations has been terminated. The termination of Lafayette Middle School teacher Christopher Jude Fero was... more »
October 22, 2009 7:54 AM
The public is invited to come out to the Lafayette airport tonight to welcome home Team BeauSoleil from Washington D.C. The UL students are bringing home two awards from the US Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon. First in market viability and people's choice. The plane is schedule to land at... more »
October 19, 2009 3:00 PM
BREAUX BRIDGE, La. - As part of its longstanding commitment to supporting the communities in which it does business, Cargill announced today it has donated a total of $9,300 to two local education programs.
Funds from Cargill will help send Comeaux High School students, along with other students from... more »
October 12, 2009 1:32 PM
LAFAYETTE, La. (Oct. 12, 2009) - The Lafayette Chapter of the American Association of Drilling Engineers (AADE) made it possible for 12 University of Louisiana students to receive well control training through Wild Well Control Inc. The students completed International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC) WellCAP training covering well control... more »
October 8, 2009 1:02 PM
COVINGTON, La. (AP) - Covington police say two Covington High School students were arrested on campus and have been booked with selling marijuana.
Chief Richard Palmisano said the arrests of 18-year-old Matthew Lumpkin and a 16-year-old girl were made Wednesday afternoon, the result of a three-month undercover operation. The... more »
October 2, 2009 3:19 PM
One of Louisiana's primary education initiatives is ensuring literacy for all students. A recently announced grant of more than $1 million will help enrich the state's current efforts. Louisiana is one of eight states to earn a portion o f the highly competitive Striving Readers grant. Awarded by the United... more »
September 28, 2009 8:24 AM
It's was your last chance to say good-bye to team Beausoleil. The solar home is now on it's way to Washington, D.C. for the international solar decathlon. The public was invited to wish team Beausoleil a farewell at 7 o'clock this morning (September 28, 2009) in front of Martin Hall... more »
September 26, 2009 10:46 PM
Deadline to enter: October 30, 2009
If you know a teacher who has "gone above and beyond" their duties as an educator, consider nominating them for the upcoming LEF Awards. Students and parents are encouraged to nominate any active teacher in Lafayette... more »
September 24, 2009 8:09 AM
State Police have released the identity of the victim killed in a hit and run incident. 38-year-old Benjamin Lewis from Houston, Texas was discovered in the 37-hundred block of Verot School Road between Fortune Road and Highway 92. State Police believe the vehicle came from the north bound lane of... more »