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12:29 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Musicians Kick Off Campaign To Boost Literacy

"Treme" actor and musician Wendell Pierce is scheduled to read to more than 500 New Orleans elementary school students in an effort to break the world record for largest reading lesson.

The current Guinness world record in the category is 440 participants.

The event marks the start of a years-long campaign to boost literacy rates in New Orleans by 2018, the city's 300th birthday. According to a 2012 study conducted by Central Connecticut State University, New Orleans ranked the 25th most literate city among the nation's 75 cities with populations of 250,000 or higher.

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Red River Radio
11:20 am
Wed January 22, 2014

Shreveport Opera Express furthers state's anti-bullying stance

Shreveport Opera Express' bully Leroy Davis lassos fellow opera singers who play school nerds, Cristina Bakhourm and Sarah Bauer.

Louisiana’s anti-bullying law has been in effect for a year. Nationwide, the number of bullying accusations has not only risen in schools, but also in sports and the workplace. The Shreveport Opera Express, the outreach program of the Shreveport Opera, has lent its powerful voice to the cause.

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Education
8:35 am
Wed January 22, 2014

Music Writing Class: 'It Has R2-D2 Sounds And A Weird Alien Siren'

A 2010 album of Mr. Michael's Music Writing Class, performed with New Orleans students
http://youngaudiences.bandcamp.com/album/ya-young-audiences-raps

When I first moved to New Orleans is 2001, I taught in a pretty rough public high school where I had an almost fatally hard time inspiring the kids to write. The traditional writing lessons and other tricks I knew weren’t getting to the students.

At the time I was doing a lot of writing about music for New Orleans magazines, so I devised for my students a sort of… English class, disguised as a music class. We call it music writing class.

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The Lens
11:50 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Orleans Parish School Board Elects New President

New OPSB President Nolan Marshall, Jr.

The Orleans Parish School Board elected Nolan Marshall, Jr. as it's new President on Tuesday.

Charter schools director Caroline Roemer Shirley says Orleans Parish School Board meetings over the past year have been rocky.

"It was a long year," Shirley said. "I think most people would agree with me, whether they’re part of this board or otherwise, it was a contentious year."

Shirley has seen board members argue over contracts, and the board’s disadvantaged business enterprise program — things critics say don’t have much to do with the kids they serve.

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Education
8:00 am
Tue January 21, 2014

State Court Sides With Louisiana Teachers Fired After Katrina

The water line showed prominently on New Orleans Abramson Senior High School after Katrina. All OPSB teachers were fired within a few months of the flood.
Jason Coleman Creative Commons

Last week a state court of appeals ruled in favor of thousands of teachers who were fired just after Hurricane Katrina.

The court said more than 7,000 teachers were wrongly terminated, denied due legal process, and should have been considered for rehiring as schools reopened. The ruling, if upheld, would award the teachers years in back pay and benefits, though it’s not clear who would pay. The Orleans Parish School Board and the state have the option to appeal.

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Education
5:20 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Ruling May Mean Bankruptcy For New Orleans School System

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

And I'm Melissa Block. In New Orleans, a court decision threatens to bankrupt the public school system. A state appeals court ruled that the school board for Orleans Parrish wrongly terminated some 7,000 teachers and other school employees after Hurricane Katrina. They're to be awarded two to three years back pay.

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Education
5:05 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

New Orleans Teachers Contacting Union For Back Pay After Appellate Court Ruling

Louisiana Federation of Teachers President Steve Monaghan on appellate court ruling.

A union that represents 7,000 New Orleans teachers fired after Hurricane Katrina is expecting a flurry of phone calls. Word is quickly spreading of the state appeals court ruling awarding them back pay for wrongful termination.

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Education
1:24 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

School Voucher Legal Defense Costs Increasing By $750,000

The price tag for defending Gov. Bobby Jindal's education policies against legal challenges is growing.

The Department of Education is boosting its contracts for outside lawyers by $750,000, to represent the department in lawsuits against Jindal's voucher program that uses tax dollars to send children to private schools.

A majority of members of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education agreed Tuesday to the legal spending.

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Community Impact
8:14 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Black Alliance For Educational Options Helping To Increase Access To Quality Education

Kaleshe Garrison is the Black Alliance for Educational Options Family and Community Organizer in New Orleans.
Eve Abrams

The Black Alliance for Educational Options is a national organization, but in order to fulfill their mission — empowering low income and working-class Black families to increase high quality educational options for all black students — BAEO knows to work locally.

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The Hechinger Report
7:00 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Last-Ditch High Schools Step In To Help Kids Needing A Final Push

Darrell Quinn at the graduation ceremony for ReNEW Accelerated High School.
Sarah Carr The Hechinger Report

After countless schools and expulsions, two New Orleans teens make a last-ditch effort at their diplomas.

Just a few months ago, Kendrell New felt stuck. The 20-year-old had bounced between several different New Orleans high schools since Hurricane Katrina, before finding one she liked. But a diploma still eluded her.

New kept failing Louisiana’s graduate exit exam in math — a test she needed to pass in order to graduate. Math had never come easy for her.

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