Education Desk

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In her first few years as a young teacher in New Orleans during the 1970s, Kathleen Whalen was overwhelmed by classroom management. As both a newcomer to the city and a white woman teaching in historically black schools, the language and cultural gaps made it particularly challenging to communicate effectively with the students at times.

An investigation reveals the Sewerage and Water Board pushed school system officials to allow for more lead in school water.
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The Lens published an investigation in August revealing the Orleans Parish School Board abandoned plans to test school water for lead. Last week, Lens reporter Marta Jewson uncovered more about why the school board abandoned the testing plan, and it involves disagreements with the Sewerage and Water Board.

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On Saturday at the polls, voters will decide whether to renew three millages, or local taxes, that support the public school system.

[From left to right] Cousins Tyjae Coston, Ri'yanna Hayes, Rh'niya Brown and Raynard Brown wait for their school bus on a corner in the Ninth Ward.
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On a corner in the Ninth Ward, four elementary school kids are waiting for their bus under a street lamp. It's dark outside. A bony cat slinks across the street, and a rooster crows somewhere — prematurely since the sun is nowhere in sight.

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New Orleans mayoral candidates took part in two debates Wednesday night, each candidate attempting to stand out, but often overlapping with one another on answers to the city's education, crime and infrastructure problems.

Einstein's board voted to approve legal action defending the school group against allegations it is not bussing students according to district policy.
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Einstein Charter Schools is planning to take legal action against the Orleans Parish School Board over allegations that it has failed to provide bus service to students.

The OPSB has sent Einstein Charter Schools a letter of noncompliance for not providing adequate transportation.
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Einstein Charter Schools are in trouble for failing to provide adequate transportation to their students. WWNO has obtained a notice of noncompliance sent from the Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB) to Einstein Charter schools warning them they have to start transporting students to school.

Members of Nuestra Voz posed for a photo with school board members and OPSB superindent Henderson Lewis after the board passed policies meant to buffer students from immigration and law enforcement.
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The Orleans Parish School Board passed new guidelines Thursday night that immigrant rights groups say will better protect students from immigration and law enforcement in school.

The policies lay out a number of steps principals have to follow when law enforcement show up and ask to interrogate a student or look at student data as part of an investigation that’s not school related. That includes investigations regarding immigration status. Step one: Law enforcement officers have to show the principal a warrant or other court order.

A new website compiled data on dozens of indicators to show how equitable schools in New Orleans are.
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When parents in New Orleans are deciding where to send their child to school, many of them use the letter grades schools get based on their student test scores.: 'A' for the schools with the highest scores, 'F' for those with the lowest.

But what about other factors: How equitable is the school? How experienced are its teachers? Are poor students getting the resources they need? And how equitable are New Orleans schools overall?

What My Students Taught Me

Sep 11, 2017
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In parts of New Orleans, Michael Ricks is a legendary educator—known for his full girth and even fuller heart. Most people just call him “Big Mike.” For years, Mike’s formal title was academic and behavioral interventionist, although in practice he serves as a combination between disciplinarian, social worker, and friend.

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