A New Orleans charter school violated the rights of special education students, then covered up those violations. That's according to a new report from the Louisiana Department of Education. Now the school's future is in question.
The report claims leaders at Lagniappe Academies didn't provide services to students with special needs, then arranged a cover up when the state came to investigate.
A new report from the Data Center shows New Orleans’ rate of child poverty is still just as high as it was at the time of Hurricane Katrina and the levee failures, almost ten years ago. Senior Researcher Dr. Vicki Mack tells us about how New Orleans ranks nationally in child poverty, and some of the far-reaching consequences.
Mack notes that about 39 percent of children in New Orleans live in poverty. That puts New Orleans about ninth nationally, next to cities likes Cleveland and Toledo, even though the metro area's overall economy is better than those cities.
Applications to most New Orleans public schools are due this Friday. New Orleans is known as a "choice" landscape. Families apply to schools across the city, instead of automatically sending their children to the neighborhood school. But how much actual choice is there?
It's a Saturday morning and school marching bands play for a crowd. But they're not in a Mardi Gras parade. They're in the Superdome, at a schools expo. There's a bouncy house and a climbing wall. Things to keep kids occupied while their families learn about schools.
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.