education

Red River Radio
12:56 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

'Instruments a Comin'' benefits Alexandria's Bolton High School

Tipitina's Foundation has donated band instruments to 79 schools in Louisiana, the latest is Alexandria's Bolton High School.

Originally published on Mon December 16, 2013 12:09 pm

The New Orleans-based Tipitina’s Foundation is donating band instruments to Bolton High School in Alexandria Thursday as part of its “Instruments a Comin’” music advocacy program. To date, Tipitina’s has donated instruments to 79 schools worth about $2.7 million to band programs, mostly in New Orleans. Tipitina’s Foundation managing director Bethany Paulsen said Bolton will receive a tuba and a euphonium, instruments that can be too costly for a band budget.

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Education
3:29 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

New Orleans' Rat Fighters Go Beyond Baiting Traps

A rat forages for food in the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans in 2006, a year after Hurricane Katrina. Blighted buildings and fewer people led to an increase in the city's rat population.
Alex Brandon AP

Originally published on Wed December 11, 2013 11:30 am

Marvin Thompson knew he faced a difficult task when he was hired last year as principal at John McDonogh High School in New Orleans.

"The day that I pulled up to this building, I thought it was condemned," Thompson says.

The structure, built in 1898, was sagging and leaky and missing entire window panes. Inside, students were underperforming academically.

And then, there were the rats. Thompson and his two children didn't even finish unpacking his office before they discovered that problem.

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Education
4:02 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Board Of Ed. Supports Delay In Shift To Tougher Common Core Standards

Lissandra Melo Shutterstock

Louisiana's state school board has backed a two-year delay for some consequences tied to the phase-in of more rigorous educational standards, called Common Core, at public schools.

Members of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education on Tuesday overwhelmingly supported the changes pushed by Superintendent of Education John White.

The plan will raise accountability standards — like the grading of students, schools and teachers — to match the Common Core in 2015, with a slow adjustment to toughen school grades set to phase in through 2025.

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Education
7:14 am
Tue December 3, 2013

More New Orleans Students Eat All Three Meals At School

Staff and volunteers prepare school dinners at the Second Harvest Food Bank Community Kitchen.
Credit Cheryl Gerber / Second Harvest

As school days get longer and family budgets grow tighter, more students are eating all three meals — breakfast, lunch, and dinner — at school.

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Education
8:30 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Report Finds School Suspension Policies Often Do More Harm Than Good

The Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana recently released one of the first reports to examine New Orleans-specific data on out-of-school suspensions. It's called Suspensions Matter: 2011-2012 Year in Review.

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Community
7:05 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Dillard University's Office Of Community Relations Helps Gentilly Stay Healthy

Volunteers work on the Langston Hughes Community Garden.
EveAbrams WWNO

Dillard University's Office of Community Relations is helping people in Gentilly stay healthy. Eve Abrams explores the university's efforts to combat obesity, poor nutrition, and bad eating habits throughout the neighborhood.

Chrisean Mitchell shows me around the community garden in back of her Gentilly school.

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Education
7:30 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Homer Plessy Community School Defies Dominant Charter School Model

Sophia and Jonathan insdie their new school
Ben McLeish

Proponents of charter schools in New Orleans have a refrain: charters mean more choice, for kids and families. But most of the charter schools in New Orleans are based on a similar educational model — one marked by rigidity and a relentless focus on getting into college.

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Education
2:43 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Parents Have Uncommon Trouble Helping With Common Core Homework

Belle Chasse Primary School fourth grade teacher Vickie Nagin reviews a Common Core-aligned math problem with parents at the school.
Matthew Hinton New Orleans Advocate

The Common Core standards teach classroom fundamentals in new ways, with a goal of deeper understanding. Sarah Carr, who covers education for the Hechinger Report, has followed the adjustment to Common Core in Louisiana, including at Belle Chase Primary in Plaquemines Parish.

WWNO News Director Eve Troeh talked with Sarah Carr about how parents feel the Common Core changes, as they help their children with homework.

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The Lens
6:31 am
Fri November 15, 2013

For Some Students Attending 'A' Schools, Transportation Gets An 'F'

To get to school, Amelia Slep-Patterson boards the 101 Algiers loop bus. Next, she catches the streetcar at Canal Street, and then walks to Lusher Charter School at 5624 Freret St.
Della Hasselle The Lens

In New Orleans, choosing a public school can mean contending with a dizzying array of choices. To help parents and students make that choice, schools are issued grades of "A" to "F" based on academic performance.

Of the seven “A”-rated schools in the entire city, only one provides yellow bus service for their students. For the rest, getting to school can be a challenge.

Amelia Slep-Patterson is a budding graphic designer at Lusher Charter’s high school. On most mornings, she wakes up at 4:45 a.m. to catch a city bus on a barren and dark street corner in Algiers.

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The Lens
6:00 am
Wed November 13, 2013

State-Run Charter Schools Decide Whether To Return To Local Control

Lissandra Melo Shutterstock

Seventeen state-run charter schools in the Recovery School District will decide in the next two months whether to switch to the oversight of the Orleans Parish School Board. A list of eligible schools will be presented at a state education board meeting Wednesday.

Last year, many charter schools who were able to move turned that deal down, because it would mean they would lose their status as independent districts. That problem has since been resolved; a new law lets them stay independent.  

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