Jess Clark

Education Desk Reporter

Jess Clark is WWNO's Education Desk reporter. Jess comes to the station after two years as Fletcher Fellow for Education Policy Reporting for North Carolina Public Radio - WUNC (Chapel Hill). Her reporting has aired on national programs, including NPR's All Things ConsideredHere & Now from WBURand NPR's Weekend Edition

Originally from Louisville, Kentucky, Jess graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2015 with a master's in Journalism and Mass Communication.

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Abramson Sci Dean of Students Cornelius Dukes (right) has mentored senior Walter Bell (left) since the fifth grade. Now Bell is headed to the University of Southern Mississippi.
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Schools in New Orleans are looking for alternatives to suspension. At some schools, that alternative is called restorative practices — students and teachers sit down together, talk it out, and come up with a plan to prevent future conflicts. Cornelius Dukes runs restorative practices at Abramson Sci Academy.

Fifteen-year-old Zianca Bailey wants to change gun laws to reduce gun deaths. She helped organize the March for Our Lives to end gun violence.
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Pastor Lisa Fitzpatrick spends every weeknight at an old Catholic school building in Central City. Tonight she’s sliding slices of pizza onto paper plates for about a dozen hungry teenagers.

Einstein Charter School's board says they'll work on a transportation plan that could include yellow-bus transportation.
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Einstein Charter Schools appears to be backing down in its months-long dispute with the Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB) over busing. The Einstein charter school board has voted to work out a transportation plan that could include yellow buses. The decision came days after the district threatened to revoke Einstein's right to run two of their schools.

OPSB has begun the process of revoking Einstein Charter Schools' right to run two elementary schools.
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Two New Orleans charter schools may lose their charters. The Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB) says Einstein Charter Schools at Village De L’Est and Sherwood Forest must comply with its demands and start busing students or face management changes.

Ben Franklin High School Junior Jamia Brown shows her classmates how they can contact their elected officials to call for stricter gun laws. Ben Franklin Students were among thousands nationwide who walked out of class Wednesday to protest gun violence.
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Students packed the courtyard at Benjamin Franklin High School Wednesday morning — just two days after the school had to cancel classes due to its own gun threat. They were among hundreds of students in New Orleans and thousands nationwide who left their classrooms Wednesday to take part in a national school walkout to protest gun violence after the latest school shooting that killed 17 people in Parkland, Fla.

Cade Brumley takes questions before being appointed superintendent.
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After hours of public comment, the Jefferson Parish School Board voted Monday night to hire a new superintendent. Cade Brumley, who currently leads DeSoto Parish Schools, was the only applicant for the job. Now he’s set to become the leader of the state’s largest school system, pending successful contract negotiations.

New Orleans resident Pat Bryant was among dozens who spoke out against the new power plant.
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After more than seven hours of testimony from New Orleans residents, business owners and Entergy executives, the New Orleans City Council utilities committee moved forward a resolution to approve a new gas-fired power plant in New Orleans East. 

Carver senior and drum major Mytrell Allen leads the band during Muses.
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High school marching bands spend months preparing to entertain Carnival revelers along parade routes and compete for prime spots near the front of the parade. One school with a rich marching tradition is George Washington Carver High School in the Ninth Ward. But the school was destroyed in Hurricane Katrina, and it took several years for Carver to restart a marching band. 

Strip club workers and their supporters made their case against reducing the number of French Quarter strip clubs at a public hearing.
Jess / WWNO - New Orleans Public Radio

The New Orleans City Planning Commission recommended easing back on a cap on French Quarter strip clubs Tuesday, after more than 100 strip club workers and their supporters showed up to make their case at a hearing.

Hundreds of strip club workers and their supporters marched through the French Quarter Thursday, protesting police raids that have left them out of work.
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Hundreds of strip club workers and their supporters marched through the French Quarter Thursday night, protesting police raids on clubs that have left them out of work. 

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