Education Desk

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Back in 2011, New Orleans created a centralized school enrollment system. Today the team behind that system — EnrollNOLA — released its first annual report.

According to the report, more than 10,000 students applied for school last year during the main enrollment round. 82 percent were matched with a school on their list.

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On Saturday morning, the Urban League held its ninth annual Schools Expo. Hundreds of families came out to the Superdome to learn about school options.

The Superdome is packed, with representatives from over 50 schools and dozens of community organizations. Families stop by tables to learn about each school.

Tye Davis has one priority: finding a school closer to home. She says her nine year old daughter spends almost three hours on the school bus every day.

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Last month the Southern Poverty Law Center, Louisiana Department of Education, State School Board, and Orleans Parish School Board reached a settlement on a four-year-old lawsuit. The suit claimed New Orleans schools weren't effectively serving students with disabilities — something that's harder to monitor and track in the charter school landscape.

It's National School Choice Week — a week aimed at showcasing school options across the country. Here in New Orleans, families are exploring choices as the school application deadline draws near.

With the deadline a month away, families can draw on several resources to learn more about schools.

This month, as high school seniors apply for financial aid, we focus our Voices of Educators series on a college counselor.

Sheena Reed is Director of College Counseling at Sci Academy. She draws on her own experiences - as a first generation college student and college admissions officer — to guide her students.

Do you know a great teacher to include in our Voices of Educators series? Send us an email: comments@wwno.org

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In New Orleans, 9 out of ten students go to charter schools. How do they, and their families, choose those schools? A new report out today finds that families weigh many factors. Practical concerns may count as much as, or even more than, a school’s academic standing.

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Nearly ten years after Hurricane Katrina, some former school buildings sit vacant. The school board is selling them off. This week charter school leaders get a look inside seven of the buildings.

The buildings are mostly empty: a faded mural here, a line of rusted lockers there. State law gives charter school operators first dibs on the buildings. So the seven properties are on display, but not to the general public.

The Orleans Parish School Board came one step closer to choosing a new superintendent last night. The board voted unanimously to bring back two of three possible candidates for another round of interviews.

Henderson Lewis Jr. is superintendent of East Feliciania Parish and a member of the St. Bernard Parish School Board. Debbra Lindo served as a superintendent in northern California.

The search for a new superintendent has lasted nearly two and a half years. Board member Ira Thomas says that search may be coming to a close.

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Early childhood education got a boost last week. The federal government pledged $32 million to fund Louisiana pre-schools. 

In this month's Voices of Educators series, we look at an early childhood teacher. 

Kwanza Wells teaches at Catholic Charities St. John the Baptist Head Start, one of more than 30 Head Start centers in New Orleans. She helps students develop critical skills to succeed in kindergarten and the world.

Today, for the first time, a charter school board voted to transfer from the Recovery School District back to the Orleans Parish School Board.

When the Recovery School District was created in 2003, the directive was clear: take over failing schools, turn them around, then transfer them back to the Orleans Parish School Board.

But now charter school boards decide whether to transfer to local control or stay in the state-run RSD. Until now, no eligible schools have returned to OPSB.

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