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Cursive Makes A Comeback In Louisiana Schools

Mar 13, 2018
Susan Roesgen / WWNO

Across the country, there's a new push to bring back an old skill. Last year, the Louisiana Legislature joined 16 other states in making cursive writing a required course in elementary schools, and the law took effect in January.

Carver senior and drum major Mytrell Allen leads the band during Muses.
Natalie Yahr

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. 

Lusher Charter School is among the top performing schools in New Orleans, but they're not easy to get into.
Jess Clark / WWNO - New Orleans Public Radio

In Part One of this series we heard about how one family is navigating the school enrollment process. Turns out, when you're trying to get into the best schools, it's complicated. There are a lot of steps. And it's hard even for someone with resources. WWNO's Jess Clark brings us back to the story of Kate Scheuermann and her son Remy. Kate is a sales manager for WWNO, and she's trying to get Remy into first grade at the district's top schools.

Remy Scheuermann poses with his father Craig Scheuerman after completing his test at Lusher Charter School. The Scheuermanns are trying to get Remy into first grade at some of the highest-demand schools.
Jess Clark / WWNO - New Orleans Public Radio

Families across New Orleans are deciding where to send their kids to school next year. Parents can now use the district’s OneApp — an online application that allows you to apply to many schools at once. The district then tries to match students to their first choice. But when you want to get into the top schools, it's not all that simple.

Teachers at Kids of Excellence second location on Higgins Drive start the morning off with songs in circle time.
Jess Clark / WWNO - New Orleans Public Radio

In part one of WWNO's series on early child care and education in Louisiana, we heard about how costs are keeping many families from accessing quality early childhood education. But costs are also having an impact on child care centers themselves.  In part two, we look at whether children are getting quality instruction when families can afford to send them to licensed centers.

Shawanda Jefferson picks up her four-year-old son at the unregulated child care center — her only option due to costs.
Jess Clark / WWNO - New Orleans Public Radio

Most kids enter the public school system at age five. But scientists say that, actually, it’s the first four years of a child’s life that are the most important for learning and brain development. High-quality early child care and education can set a child up for success in life. But can Louisiana families get access to it? And are child care facilities providing it? We investigate in a two-part series. Part One: How cost is a barrier for families seeking early childhood education.

 

Listen to Part Two here, on whether New Orleans toddlers are getting quality instruction when they're families can afford to send them to licensed centers.

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu signed budget ammendments Monday that allocate $750,000 to pre-K.
Jess Clark / WWNO - New Orleans Public Radio

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu signed a 2018 city budget amendment Monday that appropriates $750,000 for pre-K for low-income children in New Orleans.

Sarah Carr

Teacher Jerome White knew from the first moment he met Donald Meyer that the student was a math whiz —and that Meyer was very aware of his natural abilities. White struggled in his first year teaching Donald pre-calculus at New Orleans' Lusher High School to convince the student to focus in class, do his homework, or recognize that he might have something to learn.

Supporters of the leadership at Bethune and Baby Ben cheer for a student who urged the OPSB to grant Bethune's current leadership a charter.
Jess Clark / WWNO

Superintendent Henderson Lewis says Mary McLeod Bethune Elementary and Benjamin Franklin Elementary are ready to become charter schools. Lewis' approval of the schools' plans mean next year, there will likely remain just one traditional public school in the district.

Freezing temperatures and possible light snow are prompting schools to close Friday in several parishes.
tookapic / Pixbay Creative Commons

Possible wintry weather is prompting several New Orleans-area schools to close Friday.

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