Originally published on Mon December 16, 2013 12:09 pm
The New Orleans-based Tipitina’s Foundation is donating band instruments to Bolton High School in Alexandria Thursday as part of its “Instruments a Comin’” music advocacy program. To date, Tipitina’s has donated instruments to 79 schools worth about $2.7 million to band programs, mostly in New Orleans.
Louisiana's state school board has backed a two-year delay for some consequences tied to the phase-in of more rigorous educational standards, called Common Core, at public schools.
Members of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education on Tuesday overwhelmingly supported the changes pushed by Superintendent of Education John White.
The plan will raise accountability standards — like the grading of students, schools and teachers — to match the Common Core in 2015, with a slow adjustment to toughen school grades set to phase in through 2025.
Dillard University's Office of Community Relations is helping people in Gentilly stay healthy. Eve Abrams explores the university's efforts to combat obesity, poor nutrition, and bad eating habits throughout the neighborhood.
Chrisean Mitchell shows me around the community garden in back of her Gentilly school.
Proponents of charter schools in New Orleans have a refrain: charters mean more choice, for kids and families. But most of the charter schools in New Orleans are based on a similar educational model — one marked by rigidity and a relentless focus on getting into college.
The Common Core standards teach classroom fundamentals in new ways, with a goal of deeper understanding. Sarah Carr, who covers education for the Hechinger Report, has followed the adjustment to Common Core in Louisiana, including at Belle Chase Primary in Plaquemines Parish.
WWNO News Director Eve Troeh talked with Sarah Carr about how parents feel the Common Core changes, as they help their children with homework.
To get to school, Amelia Slep-Patterson boards the 101 Algiers loop bus. Next, she catches the streetcar at Canal Street, and then walks to Lusher Charter School at 5624 Freret St.
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Amelia Slep-Patterson catches the 101 Algiers loop bus every morning around 5:30 a.m..
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Amelia Slep-Patterson says that there aren't many people around when she takes the bus early in the morning. The park behind the bus stop makes her surroundings particularly dark, because there are no lights there and the sun hasn't yet risen.
In New Orleans, choosing a public school can mean contending with a dizzying array of choices. To help parents and students make that choice, schools are issued grades of "A" to "F" based on academic performance.
Of the seven “A”-rated schools in the entire city, only one provides yellow bus service for their students. For the rest, getting to school can be a challenge.
Seventeen state-run charter schools in the Recovery School District will decide in the next two months whether to switch to the oversight of the Orleans Parish School Board. A list of eligible schools will be presented at a state education board meeting Wednesday.
Last year, many charter schools who were able to move turned that deal down, because it would mean they would lose their status as independent districts. That problem has since been resolved; a new law lets them stay independent.