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Education
7:30 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Study Finds Some New Orleans Schools Tried To Screen And Exclude Students

School leaders respond to a new report about responses to competition. From left: Niloy Gangopadhyay, director of Success Preparatory Academy; Michelle Douglas, CEO of Edward Hynes Charter School; Patricia Perkins, principal of Morris Jeff Community School.
Credit Mallory Falk / WWNO

In New Orleans' public school system, schools compete for kids. They receive a certain amount of money per student, so there is incentive to recruit and retain as many as possible. A new study from the Education Research Alliance looks at how school leaders respond to competition.

Huriya Jabbar is a research associate with the Education Research Alliance. She interviewed more than 70 school leaders from 30 different schools — a mix of Recovery School District and Orleans Parish School Board, charter and direct run.

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Education
4:20 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

Voices Of Educators: Michael 'Quess?' Moore

Michael "Quess?" Moore brings his love of poetry into the classroom, and to the monthly New Orleans Youth Open Mic.
Credit Mallory Falk / WWNO

 

Michael "Quess?" Moore is an instructional coach at Martin Behrman Charter School. He helps teachers from all grade levels – kindergarten through eighth – develop lesson plans. Sometimes he co-leads the lessons, and sometimes he teaches them on his own. In the classroom, Moore draws on his experience as a spoken word artist.

Support for Voices of Educators and education reporting on WWNO comes from Entergy Corporation.

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WRKF
1:16 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

Turning Back the Clock on Common Core

Originally published on Tue March 24, 2015 5:03 am

Gov. Bobby Jindal is serious about getting rid of Common Core, as he made clear in announcing a package of legislation last week.

This is a plan that removes Common Core from Louisiana, and replaces it with "high-quality Louisiana standards,” the governor announced at a Wednesday press conference.

While no one questions his intent, some of Jindal’s former allies in the education reform movement have grave doubts about the methodology the governor wants to employ.

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WRKF
3:01 am
Fri March 20, 2015

Audit: Student Counts Intended to Cause Shortfalls

Originally published on Mon March 23, 2015 1:13 pm

Why do Louisiana’s student counts keep coming up so woefully short, requiring the state to come up with more money for K-12 education each spring?

House Appropriations chairman Jim Fannin led the effort to find out why Louisiana’s mid-year MFP shortfall had grown from $18-million in 2008 to $56-million in 2014.

“When you have an increase in need in the MFP and you have a decrease in your revenue, it creates a train wreck,” Fannin told the Legislative Audit Advisory Council Thursday, as they received a report on a legislatively requested audit of the student count problem.

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Education
9:11 am
Wed March 18, 2015

NPR Presents Michel Martin: Chartered Waters — Join Us On April 21

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NPR's Michel Martin is headed to New Orleans, to examine how the New Orleans school system is reinventing itself, ten years after the flood.

In collaboration with WWNO, Martin brings together a dynamic group of education experts at the George & Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center for live, on-stage conversations around the city’s unique charter school system.

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Education
6:36 am
Wed March 18, 2015

Orleans Parish School Board Approves New Superintendent

Today the Orleans Parish School Board has a new superintendent, but no board member to fill an empty seat.

Tuesday night the School Board unanimously approved a contract for Henderson Lewis Jr., and ended an almost three year search for a new superintendent.

Lewis previously served as superintendent for East Feliciana Parish. He says his main priority is uniting the School Board and Recovery School District to serve all students.

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Education
7:00 am
Tue March 10, 2015

Lagniappe Academies Families Fight To Keep School Open

Lagniappe Academies parents, grandparents and students rally to keep the school open.
Credit Mallory Falk / WWNO

Last week the state school board voted to close Lagniappe Academies after a report outlined special education violations at the Tremé charter school. On Monday night, families held a rally to fight that decision.

Harold Bailey Sr. was one of three parents and grandparents to speak out against the school closure. He says the state should get rid of the administrators but keep the school open.

"This isn't choice," he said. "We don't want this. And this is not what children need. They need stability."

Parent Anthony Parker expressed similar feelings.

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6:32 am
Tue March 10, 2015

New Orleans Schools Receive Extra Funds To Support English Language Learners

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The number of New Orleans public school students learning English rose dramatically this year — by 35 percent. That's because of an influx of unaccompanied minors from Central America. Now some schools will receive extra funds to support those students.

The Recovery School District announced Monday it is giving out more than $160,000 to support English Language Learners. Those funds are divided among 16 charter operators and will pay for supports like technology, teacher training, and translated materials.

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5:15 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

New Orleans School Board Member Indicted In Federal Corruption Scheme

A New Orleans school board member faces a federal charge in an alleged bribery scheme.

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7:16 am
Fri March 6, 2015

NEA Conference Meeting In New Orleans

The National Education Association is meeting in New Orleans this weekend to help thousands of school workers who contribute to a child’s school experience. They include bus drivers, cafeteria workers, teaching assistants and others classified as Education Support Professionals.

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