Education

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5:30 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Urban Schools Change Their Vocabulary

The Albert Wicker School is now Success Preparatory Academy.
Credit Eve Abrams / WWNO

It used to be that most kids went to places called schools to get their education, and in those schools, kids were called students. But in recent years, the vocabulary around schooling — especially in urban areas, and especially when it comes to charter schools — is changing. In New Orleans, where all schools receiving public funding are now charters, we investigate what’s behind this new school language.

I started off with a little experiment. I asked a bunch of adults: where did you go to school?

“I went to Newton Elementary School, Newton High School.”

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Education
7:31 am
Tue September 16, 2014

School Funding Debate On Maintenance

After Katrina, FEMA pledged nearly $2 billion to rebuild New Orleans schools. But that doesn't cover maintenance and repairs. 

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Education
6:41 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Common Core Math Standards Add Up To Big Money For Education Companies

Credit atgeo Flickr

 

The politically controversial curriculum standards known as the Common Core have been in the headlines for months, in Louisiana and across the country. But for most teachers and educators the standards have been quietly transforming classroom instruction for years. And for textbook publishers and other vendors, the new standards add up to new business.

When thousands of math teachers descended on New Orleans earlier this year, two words proved more seductive than chocolate. Or sex. Or even quadratic equations.

Common Core.

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Education
9:31 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Q&A: One Student's Educational Saga In New Orleans

Whitman Wilcox V, 17, stands for a portrait on Aug. 15 at his home in New Orleans.
Edmund D. Fountain for NPR

Originally published on Tue September 9, 2014 7:21 pm

This year, NPR Ed is reporting on the dramatic changes in the New Orleans school system.

Whitman Wilcox V attended kindergarten through second grade at a neighborhood public school in the Lower 9th Ward. He had just started the third grade when Hurricane Katrina hit in August 2005. His family was forced to evacuate; he wound up at a Catholic school in Houston.

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Education
7:30 am
Wed September 3, 2014

Voices Of Educators: Dixey Faciane

Dixey Faciane

As New Orleans continues to reform and reshape public education, WWNO seeks to highlight teachers who bring unique talents and perspectives to their work. We'll feature one such educator each month.

Dixey Faciane teaches gifted pre-Kindergarten at Benjamin Franklin Elementary and draws on her inner child.

Voices of Educators is supported by Entergy.

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WYES-TV
1:55 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

WATCH: American Graduate: Louisiana's Future

As part of the Education News Initiative between WYES-TV and WWNO 89.9 FM, this continuation of the AMERICAN GRADUATE national campaign examines Louisiana’s improvements in its high school graduation rate and helping students find their pathway to career through continued education or direct employment after completion of K-12.

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Education
11:05 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Innovative New Orleans School Health Clinic Serves Students And Staff

Warren Easton High School is home to a new health clinic, serving students and staff during the entire school day.
The Lens

There is more to a child’s learning than strictly academics. Experts are learning more about factors like good nutrition or physical fitness, and how they impact children’s success. School-based healthcare centers take the idea further. They provide primary medical care, right on campus.  

So far, there are just five schools in New Orleans that offer those kinds of services. But one Mid-City high school is expanding its clinic, making it the first in the city open full-time to the whole school.

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Education
6:28 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

NPR Education Team Begins New Orleans Coverage

NPR Education Correspondent Claudio Sanchez
NPR

In the past week, several NPR journalists have visited New Orleans to report on education, with a focus on public charter schools. NPR Correspondent Claudio Sanchez went to the first day of school for one New Orleans charter, as a jumping off point for getting the lay of the land for schools here.

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Education
6:01 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

NAACP Prepares Challenge To New Baton Rouge School Districts

Elementary School Classroom
Credit ajari / Wikimedia Commons

 

Residents interested in running for the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board will have just nine seats to pursue when qualifying begins in two weeks.

The school board approved a new nine-member plan by a narrow 6-5 vote on July 24.

The Louisiana NAACP has promised to challenge in federal court to this last-minute redistricting, arguing that the new maps dilute minority voting strength.

The civil rights organization wants a court to revert the school board back to the 11-member plan it approved in November 2012.

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Education
10:01 am
Tue August 5, 2014

Encore Academy Values The Arts Alongside Academics

A class of pre-kindergarteners learn tap dancing.
Eve Abrams WWNO

Encore Academy is a charter school, but it looks and feels more like the kind of public school many adults remember attending when they were kids. In today’s New Orleans, where the charter school landscape seems designed to combat lackluster academic achievement — and little else — it’s rare to see a school that values the arts as much as academics. So how does Encore Academy, a stand-alone charter school, manage to stand out?

The first thing you notice when you walk into Encore Academy’s cafeteria at lunch or breakfast is the sound of kids talking.

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