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Education
3:30 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Louisiana Department Of Education Releases School Report Cards

The Louisiana Department of Education released school report cards on Tuesday. School letter grades across the state mostly held steady.

State Superintendent John White said this year's scores show steady, modest gains in student achievement. More schools earned an A this year, and most schools in the B through D range held steady.

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Community
7:17 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Playworks Keeps Play In School

Kids from Edgar P. Harney Academy ride in a tricycle relay race at recess.
Eve Abrams

Playworks helps create playgrounds where everyone plays, belongs, and contributes to the game. Coaches encourage kids to bring out the best in themselves and each other, and kids learn the value of fair play, compassion, and respect. They also learn to become leaders.

Recess has been disappearing in schools. 

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Education
7:00 am
Mon October 20, 2014

John Dibert Community School Hosts Open House At New Site

The open house started off with a second line around the neighborhood.
Credit Mallory Falk / WWNO

Nine years after Katrina, schools are still being renovated and rebuilt. John Dibert Community School moved into a brand new building this fall. The school held an open house over the weekend, to show off the new facility and recruit families.

The open house started with a second line and closed out with a special performance: first graders singing "What a Wonderful World."

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Education
4:37 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Groups Claim New Orleans Schools Discourage Immigrant Enrollment

More than half of New Orleans public schools require registration forms that could discourage undocumented students from enrolling. That's according to a new report by the Southern Poverty Law Center and VAYLA New Orleans.

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Education
3:32 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Community Discusses Future Of John McDonogh High School

Last spring, after more than 100 years and a lot of controversy, John McDonogh High School closed its doors. The building is undergoing a $34 million renovation, but it's still not clear what kind of school will move into the building. Community members weighed in on the building's future at two public meetings last week.

The meetings were led by representatives from the Orleans Parish School Board, Recovery School District, and John McDonogh Steering Committee. The goal: get community input on the future of the school. And the community sent a clear message.

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Education
7:30 am
Mon October 13, 2014

Voices Of Educators: Pablo Garcia

Credit Mallory Falk / WWNO

As New Orleans continues to reshape public education, WWNO seeks to highlight teachers who bring unique talents and perspectives to their work. We feature one such educator each month.

Pablo Garcia teaches standard first grade concepts: addition, subtraction, the water cycle. But he does everything in Spanish. Garcia is an immersion instructor at the International School of Louisiana.

Support for Voices of Educators and education news on WWNO comes from Entergy Corporation.

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Education
2:56 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

New Orleans Participates In National Week Of Action Against School Pushout

Participants wrote six-word stories about their experiences with school discipline.
Credit Mallory Falk / WWNO

This week is the National Week of Action Against School Pushout. Students, teachers and education advocates around the country are holding events to raise awareness about policies they say push kids out of school and into the juvenile justice system. In New Orleans, local groups held a discussion about pushout.

The discussion had a specific focus: the parallel between what's happening in New Orleans schools and what happened this summer in Ferguson, Missouri. 

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Education
7:03 am
Thu October 2, 2014

New Orleans Schools Face A Surge Of Unaccompanied Minors

Yashua Cantillano, 14, arrived in New Orleans in June from Tegucigalpa, Honduras. He's now enrolled in a charter school, Carver Prep, on the city's east side.
Mallory Falk/WWNO

Originally published on Thu October 2, 2014 7:17 pm

For 14-year-old Yashua Cantillano, life in New Orleans is an improvement.

But that's not saying much.

Just three months ago, Yashua was in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, dodging gang members. He says they would drive by his school, guns visible, threatening to kill him, his younger brother — Yashua's whole family.

"We'd hide all day," Yashua says, "and that kept us from going to school."

After crossing the U.S. border illegally, he came to New Orleans and ultimately enrolled at Carver Prep, a small charter school on the city's east side.

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Education
2:00 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

In Data Driven Landscape, Teachers Learn To Interpret Student Test Scores

Credit Alberto G. / Flickr

A few years ago, a new phrase became all the rage in education reform: Data driven. Students take benchmark and standardized tests throughout the year, and the tests generate lots of data. But how do teachers turn those data points into lesson plans?

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Education
7:36 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Tulane Report Sees Progress In New Orleans Public Schools

A new report from Tulane University says New Orleans is improving education at public high schools.

The university’s Cowen Institute says the co-called “vulnerable students” are exceeding expectations.

The study released Wednesday defines those students as:

-- being more than two years above grade-level age in ninth grade

-- having failed an eighth-grade assessment test

-- qualifying for free or reduced-price lunches

-- and being eligible for special education services.

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