Dan Carsen

Teaching subjects that trigger strong emotions and political divides is challenging. In the South, many of those fault-lines -- racial, religious and otherwise -- are intimately tied to its history. This week the Southern Education Desk is exploring how teachers tackle tough topics.


Think back on how you first learned about Thanksgiving. You might have been told the Native Americans and Pilgrims came together in peace and everything was harmonious. Years later, you realized the story is more complicated. But what if you learned the full story from the start?

Robert Warren

In the past ten years, New Orleans has become known nationwide for education reform through charter schools. It's also earned a reputation as a hub for entrepreneurship. Those two worlds are coming together.

Eve Abrams

New Orleans has ten KIPP schools serving grades Kindergarten through 12th.. KIPP New Orleans also has a program called KIPP Through College, which supports KIPP middle school and high school alumni on their path to and through college.

Bard Early College New Orleans

College education costs a fortune and keeps on getting more expensive. There is, however, one local high school that offers 11th and 12th graders a chance to graduate with a year’s worth of college credit, tuition free.

Mallory Falk / WWNO

Political Action Committees have formed. Millions of dollars are pouring in. This isn't a national race we're talking about. It's the Louisiana state school board election.

Last spring, students across Louisiana took a new standardized test called PARCC — also known as the Common Core test. Now the state has released preliminary test scores.

Southern Education Desk: Back On Track

Oct 8, 2015
Mallory Falk / WWNO

High school graduates tend to fare better than students who leave school. But what if those students could get back on track? The Southern Education Desk highlights people who went back to pursue their degrees and programs that helped them get there.

Mallory Falk / WWNO

When a new charter school opens, the school leaders have lots of responsibilities. Hiring the right team. Recruiting students. And, in some cases, finding a permanent home.

Recently, Encore Academy became the first charter school in New Orleans to buy, renovate and move into its own building: the former John A. Shaw Elementary in the St. Roch neighborhood.

Eve Abrams

The Youth Development Program at Liberty’s Kitchen provides participants with occupational and employability skills training, and addresses the social issues that have created barriers to employment.

The objective of the Youth Development Program is to graduate students with a sense of purpose, tools and opportunities needed to thrive in gainful employment.