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Education
5:33 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Philly Schools Open With Little Money, Lots Of Frustration

Students walk to Feltonville School of Arts and Science in Philadelphia, Sept. 9, 2013. (@hollyotterbein/Twitter)

Originally published on Mon September 9, 2013 3:11 pm

In Philadelphia, one of the nation’s largest school districts opens today in the middle of a funding crisis.

Two dozen schools were closed over the summer, and teachers are starting the first day of school without a contract. Some support staff who were laid off in the spring have been rehired because of a last-ditch attempt to find funds.

Children are nervous about going to new schools in different gang territories.

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Education
12:29 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Voices From The WWNO Listening Post: Back To School

A student sits down at our Listening Post to talk about education.
Kate Richardson WWNO

WWNO's new community media project, the Listening Post, has spent the last few weeks collecting commentaries from around the city on the subject of education.

Listening Post recording devices have been present at the Norman Mayer Library in Gentilly and the HeadQuarters Barbershop on Broad Street. And the mobile Listening Post went to the Bard Early College New Orleans program for high schoolers, and our very own Culture Collision event.

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Head Start
9:26 am
Tue August 27, 2013

State Audits New Orleans Head Start Program

An audit finds a Head Start contractor in New Orleans didn't enroll enough preschoolers to justify its federal grant. The report from the state legislative auditor's office says the nonprofit Total Community Action needed at least 2,510 students to comply with its grant but had enrolled only 1,951 in December.

In addition, the grant required that at least 10 percent be students with disabilities. The center was found to have a smaller percentage, although the audit did not specify the figure.

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Education
11:30 pm
Sat August 24, 2013

Justice Department Sues Louisiana Over School Vouchers

Vouchers in districts under desegregation orders at issue.

The Justice Department is suing Louisiana for issuing school vouchers to students in districts under desegregation orders. The federal government says the system is undermining racial balances in public schools.

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Education
11:50 am
Fri August 23, 2013

New Orleans Charter School Movement Expands To Other Parts Of The State

Hurricane Katrina left New Orleans with the opportunity to revamp its public school system. To that end, the city's education landscape became dotted with charter schools run by several operators.

The eighth anniversary of that storm is upon us, and we're seeing the charter school movement in the city slow down as operators look elsewhere to take over low-performing schools.

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WRKF
5:10 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

'New Schools' Picks Charter Operators for Baton Rouge

Originally published on Sat August 24, 2013 12:44 pm

New Schools for Baton Rouge is endeavoring to start 20 schools in the capitol city by 2017. 

The non-profit's leader, Chris Meyer, was previously an administrator in the state-run Recovery School District. When New Schools launched last April, the RSD appeared ready to hand over the keys to the 7 schools it runs directly in Baton Rouge as soon as Meyer and his team had the charter school operators and resources in place.

Nearly a year and a half later, New Schools has picked half a dozen of what it considers to be the best charter operators in the country -- including Yes Prep and KIPP, which, as The Lens has reported, are familiar names in New Orleans. Backers have committed roughly $15 million in seed money. This fall the Recovery School District is starting the process of matching up the operators with buildings where they can start charter schools in Baton Rouge.

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WRKF
4:08 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Recalibrating Teacher Evaluations Tops New Union President's To-Do List

Originally published on Fri August 2, 2013 4:52 pm

Many teachers are frustrated with the new evaluation system, Compass, which was introduced in public schools across the state this year.

"What we want is a more common-sense approach to this evaluation problem," said Debbie Meaux, new president of the Louisiana Association of Educators (LAE), who assumed the role July 15.

She's calling for the state to slow the timeline for the implementation of Compass.

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Education
8:00 am
Wed July 31, 2013

ReNew Schools Join National Trend Of Adding Time And Days To Calendar In Effort To Improve Results

Eleven-year-old Quincy Lindsey was one of hundreds of New Orleans students who returned to school in July this year. Longer school years and days are part of a growing national movement as school leaders add time in an effort to boost academic results.
The Lindsey Family

It’s a July morning at 6:45 a.m. and the temperature is starting to climb across the city. Most schoolchildren would expect to have at least a few more weeks of summer. But Quincy Lindsey, a fifth grader at New Orleans’ ReNEW Cultural Arts Academy, is trying to wake up for his first day of school.

His mother, Calanthia Lindsey, tries to keep Quincy on pace to make it to school by 7:15 a.m., reminding him not to use his pencils as drum sticks and to tuck in his shirt.

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Latest News
7:00 am
Wed July 31, 2013

Teach For America Gets $3 Million Grant From Walton Family Foundation

Teach for America's New Orleans region will be getting $3 million for more than 500 teaching positions.

The Walton Family Foundation is announcing today that it’s sending $3 million dollars to Teach for America’s New Orleans region. The grant is part of $20 million being sent to schools in low-income areas across the country.

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WRKF
5:01 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

With Mandate, Thousands More Take College Entrance Exam

Originally published on Wed July 17, 2013 5:06 pm

11,000 more students who graduated from Louisiana public high schools this year took the ACT, compared to the class of 2012.

About a third of those did well enough to enter college without having to take remedial courses and well enough to get TOPS tuition scholarships.

Sen. Conrad Appel, who supported a policy mandating the ACT, said Wednesday it will lead to opportunities for better employment and help break the cycle of poverty.

“3,600 kids in Louisiana for the first time recognize that the only obstacle to their success was in their own head," he said.

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