Schools are back in session after Mardi Gras break. At one school, many students are adjusting to a change: no more yellow school buses.
When Miller McCoy Academy started back up on Monday, many students who had relied on yellow buses had to find a new way there. That's because the charter school, located in New Orleans East, cut back its bus services. It eliminated several routes and combined others.
The school's board members say the change saves $14,000 a month. They've distributed about 150 bus tokens to students.
Originally published on Fri February 20, 2015 12:21 pm
“I don’t want to subject my son to an environment of testing that I know has nothing to do with learning.”
So says James Kirylo, father of Antonio, a third-grader attending public school in Tangipahoa Parish. Kirylo is also a professor of education at Southeastern Louisiana University, and is one of dozens of parents around the state who are opting their children out of standardized testing this spring. Kirylo admits his reason is different than most.
Tech Talent South is a collective of tech professionals, dedicated to growing the local pool of coders and developers. After starting up in four other cities — Asheville, Raleigh, Charlotte, and Atlanta — the group has opened a fifth campus in New Orleans. It's teaching an 8-week coding program at the Propeller incubator in Broadmoor.
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.
Congress is now talking about repealing “No Child Left Behind”, the federal education policy requiring states to administer standardized tests annually. Louisiana House education Committee chairman Steve Carter is taking the possibility in stride.
One of the questions people in the business community have been asking is, what's happens when the post-Katrina economic rejuvenation gets old? Are the next generation of innovators going to go someplace else?
Peter's guests on today's show answer that question with a resounding "no." They both head up new and growing businesses that have been born out of New Orleans' revolution in education.
Libby Fischer is CEO of Whetstone Education, a ground-breaking teacher evaluation system founded in New Orleans and spreading across the country.