US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan addressed the annual lunch for the nonprofit Bureau of Governmental Research on Thursday.
He called New Orleans an example for the nation in school innovation, and cited a long list of statistics in achievement improvements since 2005. Then, 60 percent of students attended a failing school, while that number has dropped to 5 percent today.
Duncan noted that New Orleanians, more than most, know the pain that comes with drastic school change. In the battle for better public education, he said, "you are absolutely winning."
The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation unwrapped a gift to the city on Friday — complete with a giant red bow. City officials, musicians, and New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival founder George Wein cut the ribbon on the George and Joyce Wein Jazz and Heritage Center.
The former funeral home in the 1200 block of Rampart Street has been redeveloped as a jazz education center. Free classes for budding musicians will be held in rooms full of instruments, music stands, and screens for digital and remote learning.
A tentative agreement has been reached in a 2010 federal lawsuit that claimed New Orleans schools failed to fulfill obligations to students with a variety of disabilities — including autism, hyperactivity and bipolar disorder.
U.S. District Judge Jay Zainey said in an order made public yesterday that an "agreement in principle" had been reached in the lawsuit filed by the Southern Poverty Law Center on behalf of 10 students.
Settlement efforts had been going on for months.
Attorneys involved declined comment because the agreement is not yet final.
A coalition of national environmental groups says the billions of dollars expected from the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill penalties should go toward rapidly rebuilding Louisiana’s coastline.
During a teleconference Tuesday, the conservation groups outlined 19 priority projects detailed in their two new reports. David Muth, Gulf Program director for the National Wildlife Federation, says these projects are critical.
The city of Slidell issued a boil water advisory this afternoon after a water main burst on Bayou Liberty Road. The boil advisory effects the following streets and areas:
Bayou Liberty (300 Block) Camellia Drive West Camellia Drive Palm Lake Subdivision Palm Drive Palm Circle South Palm Oleander North Palm Oak Lane Little Place Bayou View Grand View Lookout Court Jennifer Lane Island Drive Middle Brook Drive Bywater Drive Bonfouca Drive Canulette Road Brentwood Court
A new levee board created to build flood protection projects in St. Tammany Parish is meeting for the first time today.
The nine commissioners of the St. Tammany Levee, Drainage and Conservation District will meet in Mandeville.
Nola.com/The Times-Picayune reports the board is made up of gubernatorial appointees from communities throughout the parish.
The board was set up by the Legislature this year. It will work as other levee boards do in Louisiana — looking after the parish's flood control needs. As a political subdivision of the state, it has taxing authority.
Republican Congressman Bill Cassidy is returning to Washington to begin preparations for his transition to the Senate.
Cassidy has a meeting later Tuesday with incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. They are expected to discuss upcoming committee assignments.
He knows he's getting on the energy committee. That's a promise McConnell made to Cassidy to help undercut Democratic incumbent Senator Mary Landrieu touting her committee position as essential to Louisiana.
Cassidy posted a 12-point victory in Saturday's runoff over Landrieu.
The Superdome has long been known as hostile territory for visiting teams. The crowd prides itself on the cacophonous din raised when their beloved Saints need their help — drowning out visitors' play calls and forcing false starts and bad matchups.
That is, until this year. Now, a great many fans are saying it is they who are being drowned out — by an egregiously bad Superdome sound effect.
It's the Dome Siren, a piped-in air raid alarm-style noise played at ear-splitting intensity each time an opposing team gets ready to play a third down.