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Education
8:08 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Orleans Public Schools Getting New Superintendent

The Orleans Parish School Board has selected a new superintendent.

East Feliciana Parish Schools Superintendent Henderson Lewis will run the public schools in New Orleans that remain under its jurisdiction.

The post has been vacant for almost three years.

The vote was unanimous and greeted with applause by the public.

The 40-year-old Lewis said he was humbled by the decision.

Lewis got the job also sought by Debbra Lindo. The 62-year-old has spent much of her career in  northern California, most recently as superintendent of the Emery system.

Education
4:15 pm
Mon January 19, 2015

Voices Of Educators: Sheena Reed

Sheena Reed

This month, as high school seniors apply for financial aid, we focus our Voices of Educators series on a college counselor.

Sheena Reed is Director of College Counseling at Sci Academy. She draws on her own experiences - as a first generation college student and college admissions officer — to guide her students.

Do you know a great teacher to include in our Voices of Educators series? Send us an email: comments@wwno.org

Support for Voices of Educators and education news on WWNO comes from Entergy Corporation.

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Education
6:19 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

New Report Looks At How Families Choose Schools

Credit dhendrix73 / Flickr

In New Orleans, 9 out of ten students go to charter schools. How do they, and their families, choose those schools? A new report out today finds that families weigh many factors. Practical concerns may count as much as, or even more than, a school’s academic standing.

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Education
11:08 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

A New Study Reveals Much About How Parents Really Choose Schools

A painted map of the U.S. seen from inside a classroom at Homer A. Plessy Community School, a charter school in New Orleans.
Eric Westervelt NPR

Originally published on Thu January 15, 2015 8:13 am

The charter school movement is built on the premise that increased competition among schools will sort the wheat from the chaff.

It seems self-evident that parents, empowered by choice, will vote with their feet for academically stronger schools. As the argument goes, the overall effect should be to improve equity as well: Lower-income parents won't have to send their kids to an under-resourced and underperforming school just because it is the closest one to them geographically.

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Education
4:19 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

The New Orleans school board is selling off vacant buildings, and charter schools have first dibs

The former gym at A.J. Bell Jr. High School. Bell is one of seven vacant buildings up for sale.
Credit Mallory Falk / WWNO

 

Nearly ten years after Hurricane Katrina, some former school buildings sit vacant. The school board is selling them off. This week charter school leaders get a look inside seven of the buildings.

The buildings are mostly empty: a faded mural here, a line of rusted lockers there. State law gives charter school operators first dibs on the buildings. So the seven properties are on display, but not to the general public.

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Education
3:00 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Voices Of Educators: Kwanza Wells

Kwanza Wells teaches at St. John the Baptist.
Credit Mallory Falk / WWNO

Early childhood education got a boost last week. The federal government pledged $32 million to fund Louisiana pre-schools. 

In this month's Voices of Educators series, we look at an early childhood teacher. 

Kwanza Wells teaches at Catholic Charities St. John the Baptist Head Start, one of more than 30 Head Start centers in New Orleans. She helps students develop critical skills to succeed in kindergarten and the world.

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Education
7:27 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Education Secretary Arne Duncan Says New Orleans Is Winning The Battle For Public Education

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."

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Education
5:17 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

New Orleans School Returns To Local Control For First Time Since Katrina

Today, for the first time, a charter school board voted to transfer from the Recovery School District back to the Orleans Parish School Board.

When the Recovery School District was created in 2003, the directive was clear: take over failing schools, turn them around, then transfer them back to the Orleans Parish School Board.

But now charter school boards decide whether to transfer to local control or stay in the state-run RSD. Until now, no eligible schools have returned to OPSB.

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Education
3:40 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Critics Say Millage Vote Is About Power, Not School Maintenance

Signs and banners about the school building millage started appearing around New Orleans last month.
Credit Mallory Falk / WWNO

This weekend New Orleans voters decide whether to extend and redirect a property tax to fund school maintenance. The measure seems simple: set aside money so schools don't fall into disrepair. But the millage vote reflects a power struggle in New Orleans schools.

Last month, a banner started appearing outside schools. It features a racially diverse group of kids, with crisp jeans and wide smiles. Each gives a big thumbs up. The accompanying text: Our children, our schools. Not a tax increase. Vote December 6.

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Commentary
10:41 am
Mon December 1, 2014

School Kids To New Orleans Bureaucrats: Show Us The Money

Commentator Andre Perry.

School buildings in the Crescent City will become monuments to our differences instead of the beacons of learning they are supposed to be if New Orleanians reject a preservation program for educational facilities in the voting booth on Dec. 6.

It’s a funding conflict that mirrors power disputes around the country over whether the states, or local, elected boards should control schools.

Anything but a vote to pass the measure ignores what New Orleans children went through before and immediately after Hurricane Katrina.

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