Friday, March 13, 2009

BRIEFS

State Department of Education to mail voucher information

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Thousands of New Orleans parents will soon be getting information about a voucher program that pays to send students of failing public schools to private schools instead.
The state Department of Education said Wednesday it's mailing out a packet with information about which students are eligible for the 2009-10 school year.
Among other criteria, eligible students must attend a failing New Orleans public school and be entering kindergarten or the first, second or third grade this fall.


STUDENT
SEXUAL ABUSE ABOUNDS AROUND THE STATE

St. Landry teacher arrested for sexual abuse


OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) — A St. Landry Parish elementary school teacher has been arrested for allegedly sexually abusing a 15-year-old male student.
Raymundo Clorio, a 31-year-old Lawtell Elementary School Spanish teacher, faces one count of sexual battery for the alleged incident.
School and police officials said they cannot go into further detail about the alleged crime, but said an investigation began March 3.
St. Landry Parish Superintendent Michael Nassif said Wednesday school administrators initially led the investigation and later turned over information to the St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office.
The allegation led to Clorio's arrest on Tuesday.
Clorio is currently on administrative leave with pay.
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Information from: The Advertiser, http://www.theadvertiser.com


Former DeSoto Parish teacher faces more charges

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — A former North DeSoto High School teacher could face five to 20 years in prison if convicted of having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old student.
Authorities say 23-year-old Jada Hendrix, of Shreveport, turned herself in on Monday, where she was booked on a Shreveport Police Department warrant charging her with molestation of a juvenile.
She was freed on bond after spending less than four hours behind bars.
The arrest was the second in less than a week for the former English teacher. Hendrix was first arrested March 3 in DeSoto Parish, where she was charged with computer-aided solicitation of a juvenile.
Authorities say charges in both jurisdictions stem from Hendrix's alleged relationship with the male student.
Hendrix resigned her teaching position March 3 prior to her arrest.
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Information from: The Times, http://www.shreveporttimes.com

Teacher arrested in Allen Parish on abuse charge

GLENMORA, La. (AP) — An Allen Parish pre-kindergarten teacher is accused of having sex with a 16-year-old.
Authorities say 27-year-old Tiffany Nicole Steedman of Glenmora was released on $10,000 bond after her arrest last week on felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile and telephone harassment counts.
Rapides Assistant Chief Deputy Herman Walters on Monday said the arrest followed a monthlong investigation into allegations made by the Plainview boy's mother.
According to Walters, Steedman began having sex with the boy in her Rapides Parish home in November 2008.
Diane Marcantel, an official with the Allen Parish School Board, said Steedman is a first-year teacher at Elizabeth High School and previously taught in Rapides Parish.
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Information from: American Press, http://www.americanpress.com


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