Mallory Falk

Education Reporter

Mallory Falk is the Education Reporter for WWNO. She fell in love with audio storytelling as a Middlebury Fellow in Narrative Journalism and studied radio production at the Transom Story Workshop. She currently produces the New Orleans Moth StorySLAM.

Before taking the plunge into radio, Mallory worked as Communications Director for the youth leadership organization Kids Rethink New Orleans Schools. She has taught radio in New Orleans middle schools and led youth media programs in Rwanda and Appalachia.

Robert Warren

In the past ten years, New Orleans has become known nationwide for education reform through charter schools. It's also earned a reputation as a hub for entrepreneurship. Those two worlds are coming together.

In January, New Orleans became the first major city to house all its homeless veterans, in response to First Lady Michelle Obama's challenge to mayors. We check in on the initiative to end veteran homelessness.

To be clear, New Orleans has the capacity to house all its homeless veterans. That doesn't mean they're all off the streets.

Melissa Haley is director of supportive services at Volunteers of America Greater New Orleans - one of the groups that came together to tackle homelessness.

This week the Charles Koch Institute hosts a national summit in New Orleans on criminal justice reform. Yes, that's Koch as in conservative backers the Koch brothers. Called Advancing Justice, the summit draws a wide range of political perspectives.

Vikrant Reddy is a senior research fellow at the Charles Koch Institute. He says the U.S. is in a hot moment for prison and policing reform.

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Political Action Committees have formed. Millions of dollars are pouring in. This isn't a national race we're talking about. It's the Louisiana state school board election.

Micheal Boedigheimer

On Friday morning 50 cyclists set off on a three-day bike ride from New Orleans to Louisiana State Penitentiary. They're raising money to support a free bus service for families and friends to visit their loved ones in prison.

Last spring, students across Louisiana took a new standardized test called PARCC — also known as the Common Core test. Now the state has released preliminary test scores.

Southern Education Desk: Back On Track

Oct 8, 2015
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High school graduates tend to fare better than students who leave school. But what if those students could get back on track? The Southern Education Desk highlights people who went back to pursue their degrees and programs that helped them get there.

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When a new charter school opens, the school leaders have lots of responsibilities. Hiring the right team. Recruiting students. And, in some cases, finding a permanent home.

Recently, Encore Academy became the first charter school in New Orleans to buy, renovate and move into its own building: the former John A. Shaw Elementary in the St. Roch neighborhood.

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WWNO is launching a new segment looking at Jefferson Parish schools. We'll check in regularly with reporter Jessica Williams, who covers Jefferson Parish and state education policy for | The Times-Picayune.

First up, Williams talks about the big stories she'll follow this school year, including several leadership changes.

The "official" Hurricane Katrina bus tour is a big tourist attraction in New Orleans. But another kind of storm tour recently took off — more of a Katrina "reality" tour, documenting the last decade of the New Orleans school system.