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4:50 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Feds End Jefferson Parish School Discrimination Probe

Jefferson Parish public schools have agreed to make changes to end a federal investigation into discrimination against English-language learners.
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Jefferson Parish public schools have agreed to make changes to end a federal investigation into discrimination against English-language learners. The U.S. Department of Justice brokered the agreement, along with the Department of Education. 

Jessica Williams is an education reporter at NOLA.com / The Times-Picayune. She says the agreement requires that Jefferson parish make a number of changes.

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Education
8:01 am
Wed June 25, 2014

The Foundations Of Algebra, Through Pre-K Arts Classes

Students at Educare learn math through dance steps.
Sarah Tan

STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math, and it’s quite the buzzword these days in the education world. Teachers are looking at ways to encourage their students to be more math-oriented. For one program in New Orleans, the solution is to start introducing math early — as early as preschool.

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7:28 am
Mon June 23, 2014

State Reviews Shrinking RSD Budget

The state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education will be reviewing the shrinking budget for New Orleans schools.

The board is meeting Tuesday to start talks about the Recovery School District.

The Lens is reporting that the RSD operating budget has plunged from $304 million in 2009-2010 to $20 million for next year.

The reduction is not surprising. New Orleans is the country’s first all-charter school district, and the per-pupil funding that went to the RSD will now go to charter organizations.

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Education
7:35 am
Tue June 17, 2014

What Will Come Of New Orleans' Empty, Damaged School Buildings?

The abandoned Alfred E. Priestley school has not hosted students in decades.
Michael DeMocker Nola.com / The Times-Picayune

In a recent story, Nola.com / The Times-Picayune education reporter Danielle Dreilinger took a look at the many empty buildings and vacant lots still owned by the Orleans Parish School Board. Hurricane Katrina and the subsequent floods damaged many school properties, though some sat vacant and rotting long before the storm.

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Education
6:46 am
Sun June 1, 2014

New Orleans Closes Its Last Traditional Schools

Originally published on Sun June 1, 2014 1:43 pm

Last week, the New Orleans school district became the first all-charter district in the country. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Sarah Carr, a reporter who's been following the city's changing schools.

Education
4:45 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Sci High Mascot Comes Out Of Her Shell

New Orleans' Sci High symbol has been the chambered nautilus since the school began.

New Orleans restructured its schools system after Hurricane Katrina. That’s meant rebuilding a sense of community and school spirit through new traditions. One young woman dedicated her efforts to create a legacy by becoming her high school’s first student mascot.

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Education
8:45 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Student Essays Reveal Insights On Discipline, School Staffing

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As the school year ends, education writer Sarah Carr sought a different approach to perspectives on schools.

She asked the students themselves to write opinion pieces on controversial topics: Discipline in schools, Teach for America teachers versus veteran educators, whether all students should go to a four-year college, and school desegregation.

Teenagers at the Bard Early College program submitted their thoughts, and The Hechinger Report has been publishing these essays.

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Education
8:00 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Behind The Test: Louisiana Grapples With How To 'Test' Its Youngest Learners

The babies at New Orleans' Kids of Excellence child care center sit down for meal time.
Credit Sarah Carr / WWNO

As the stakes grow higher for standardized tests, so too does the desire to test more students — including younger and younger ones. WWNO wraps up its series "Behind the Test."

The three-year-olds at Kids of Excellence child care center learn largely through play. Kristi Givens, the center’s director, tries to make sure they are ready for big school by the time they leave.

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Features
3:05 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

At A New Orleans High School, Marching Band Is A Lifeline For Kids

The Edna Karr High School marching band had fewer than 40 members four years ago. Today, more than 80 students march in the band.
Keith O'Brien NPR

Originally published on Sat May 17, 2014 2:31 pm

Editor's Note: This is a story about a high school band. It is a story that demands to be heard, even more so than read. Please click on the audio player, above, to listen. Audio will be available around 6:30 p.m. EDT.

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Education
8:00 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Behind The Test: Schools Turn To Social Workers, Relaxation Techniques To Deal With LEAP Test Strain

Kevin and Byroneshia doing a guided imagery activity. LEAP tests put entire schools under enormous stress.
Credit Mallory Falk / WWNO

WWNO continues its series "Behind the Test" with a look at standardized testing through the lens of test anxiety. In the weeks leading up to the LEAP test, teachers do a lot to prepare students: drilling them on crucial skills, giving out practice tests, even holding pep rallies to boost confidence. But what about preparing students to cope with test-related anxiety?

Brittany Healy is leading a small group of fifth graders in a guided imagery activity. They’re sprawled out on a couch and sunken into bean bag chairs. Eyes shut, arms loose at their sides.

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