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Education
7:21 am
Tue February 24, 2015

Miller McCoy Academy, A Failing School In New Orleans East, Cuts Back School Bus Services

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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.

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WRKF
3:01 am
Wed February 18, 2015

Opting Out of Standardized Testing

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.

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Education
12:25 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

New Orleans Parents' Guide Helps Families Choose Schools

February is a big month for public school families. Applications to most of the city's schools are due on Feb. 27.

The New Orleans Parents' Guide is a key resource for families. It offers detailed information about every public school in the city.

Aesha Rasheed and Audrey Stewart produce the guide each year. They recently talked about the guide and application process with WWNO Education Reporter Mallory Falk.

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Features
7:23 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

Coding Collective 'Tech Talent South' Opens A Fifth Campus In New Orleans

Tech Talent South is a collective of tech professionals, dedicated to growing the local pool of coders and developers.
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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.

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Latest News
4:03 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

EnrollNOLA Releases First School Enrollment Report

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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Education
7:35 am
Mon February 9, 2015

Urban League Expo Showcases New Orleans Schools

Javanti Coleman and her daughter Jatina take a break from looking at schools.
Credit Mallory Falk / WWNO

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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Education
3:30 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Settlement Puts Supports In Place For New Orleans Students With Disabilities

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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.

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WRKF
3:01 am
Thu January 29, 2015

“No Child Left Behind” May Be Left Behind

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.

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Education
4:46 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Families Explore School Choices As Application Deadline Draws Near

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.

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Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Out To Lunch: The Revolution Continues

Libby Fischer, Cherie Melancon Franz and Ashley Bowen.
Credit Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

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.

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