Nearly ten years after Hurricane Katrina, some former school buildings sit vacant. The school board is selling them off. This week charter school leaders get a look inside seven of the buildings.
The buildings are mostly empty: a faded mural here, a line of rusted lockers there. State law gives charter school operators first dibs on the buildings. So the seven properties are on display, but not to the general public.
With Voices from the Classroom: The Arts in Education Reform, NolaVie and cultural partner WWNO are teaming up to take a look at how the arts are being used creatively in schools around the city. Why are they an important component for school curricula? And how are we integrating arts into local classrooms? Today, Brian Friedman talks to Jacques Rodrigue about a new model for arts-based schools.
It was an abrupt reversal of fortune that stirred lingering resentment and fresh tears more than nine years after Hurricane Katrina: Louisiana’s Supreme Court overturned rulings from two lower courts and tossed out a lawsuit that said roughly 7,500 New Orleans public school employees were wrongfully fired after levee failures during the 2005 storm led to inundation of the city.
The Orleans Parish School Board came one step closer to choosing a new superintendent last night. The board voted unanimously to bring back two of three possible candidates for another round of interviews.
Henderson Lewis Jr. is superintendent of East Feliciania Parish and a member of the St. Bernard Parish School Board. Debbra Lindo served as a superintendent in northern California.
The search for a new superintendent has lasted nearly two and a half years. Board member Ira Thomas says that search may be coming to a close.
Originally published on Wed December 17, 2014 12:14 pm
Back in September, we told you about the Piano Lab at Winbourne Elementary. It was an experiment. O’Neill’s Music House arranged to get a bunch of cutting edge electronic keyboards to the high poverty school in North Baton Rouge. Tuesday, the pianos were rolled out of the lab and into the auditorium for the students’ first recital.
Early childhood education got a boost last week. The federal government pledged $32 million to fund Louisiana pre-schools.
In this month's Voices of Educators series, we look at an early childhood teacher.
Kwanza Wells teaches at Catholic Charities St. John the Baptist Head Start, one of more than 30 Head Start centers in New Orleans. She helps students develop critical skills to succeed in kindergarten and the world.
Originally published on Mon December 15, 2014 5:45 pm
Business-backed candidates secured a new 5-to-4 majority on the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board last Saturday.
FuturePAC, which is affiliated with the Baton Rouge Area Chamber, put up about $50,000 for candidates in these school board elections. BRAC CEO Adam Knapp discusses what business interests are investing in.
US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan addressed the annual lunch for the nonprofit Bureau of Governmental Research on Thursday.
He called New Orleans an example for the nation in school innovation, and cited a long list of statistics in achievement improvements since 2005. Then, 60 percent of students attended a failing school, while that number has dropped to 5 percent today.
Duncan noted that New Orleanians, more than most, know the pain that comes with drastic school change. In the battle for better public education, he said, "you are absolutely winning."