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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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Red River Radio
8:56 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Red River National Wildlife Refuge offers educator workshops

Originally published on Mon July 15, 2013 8:58 am

The Red River National Wildlife Refuge in Bossier City is set to host four educator workshops this month.

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Red River Radio
9:25 am
Fri July 12, 2013

LaPREP continues to improve educational outcomes for Shreveport middle schoolers

LSU Shreveport’s LaPREP – a rigorous summer academic program – came to an end yesterday as 49 middle school students walked across the stage at LSUS's University Center Theater to acknowledge two summers of intensive work in math, science, engineering and technical writing covering material well beyond their years.

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WRKF
4:45 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Push for School Vouchers is Tactical

Originally published on Fri July 12, 2013 3:58 pm

Louisiana lawmakers went out of their way to add a $46 million line item to the state budget to allow more students from under-performing public schools go to private school through the voucher program championed by Gov. Bobby Jindal

Both Wisconsin and Ohio have just pushed through major expansions of their voucher programs too. And both states -- like Louisiana -- are headed by Republican governors.

Sarah Carr, a writer for the Hechinger Report, says these governors are being strategic in their support of vouchers.

"It’s a way for them to make a name for themselves pursuing an education agenda that’s typically been embraced by conservatives and trying even to some extent to one-up each other in creating a bigger and bolder voucher program."

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Andre Perry Commentary
4:49 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

How To Leave New Orleans

Andre Perry, recording his last WWNO commentary.
Credit Janet Wilson / WWNO

Most of my academic life I’ve questioned how schools impact settlers’ integration into communities: How do people become members of society?  How do recalcitrant gatekeepers become welcoming neighbors? These questions have moved me literally and figuratively around the world. Nine years ago, those questions carried me to New Orleans and helped transform me into a New Orleanian. Until recently, I haven’t spent much time considering what full-fledged community members go through when they voluntarily leave their homes. That is until I decided to take a job in another state.

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