Education

Head Start
9:26 am
Tue August 27, 2013

State Audits New Orleans Head Start Program

An audit finds a Head Start contractor in New Orleans didn't enroll enough preschoolers to justify its federal grant. The report from the state legislative auditor's office says the nonprofit Total Community Action needed at least 2,510 students to comply with its grant but had enrolled only 1,951 in December.

In addition, the grant required that at least 10 percent be students with disabilities. The center was found to have a smaller percentage, although the audit did not specify the figure.

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Education
11:30 pm
Sat August 24, 2013

Justice Department Sues Louisiana Over School Vouchers

The Justice Department is suing Louisiana for issuing school vouchers to students in districts under desegregation orders. The federal government says the system is undermining racial balances in public schools.

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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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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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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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Education
4:59 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

School Closings Continue Drumbeat Of Constant Change For Families, Educators

Tinya Thompson, instructional coach at Abramson, holds the Abramson wildcat in its coffin. The school has closed permanently, due to a geographic consolidation.

As New Orleans students start their summer break, some are leaving their schools behind for good. Four Orleans Parish schools closed their doors permanently, and education reporter Jessica Williams over at The Lens covers the impact on students, parents and educators.

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Education
1:30 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Young Audiences Opening Its First Charter School

Roscoe Reddix uses art in classroom instruction.
Credit Young Audiences

There are art programs in schools. And there are schools devoted solely to art. A new charter school in Jefferson Parish is getting ready for a unique approach to education that uses art in traditional subjects.

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Education
1:58 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

State Appeals Court Panel Hearing Post-Katrina School Firings Case

A five-judge state appeal court panel must decide whether to uphold a ruling that thousands of New Orleans public school employees were wrongfully fired after Hurricane Katrina shut down the city and its schools in 2005.

A lawyer for the fired workers told the 4th Circuit Court of Appeal panel Thursday that the Orleans Parish School Board and the state violated the rights of teachers and school workers fired after the storm. She urged the panel to uphold last year's ruling by Judge Ethel Simms Julien.

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Education
7:00 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Can Playtime Help Classtime? One Program Gets High Marks

Jazmyn Simmons, left, with fellow junior coaches Matthew Scott, center, and Gabriell Jackson at Arthur Ashe Charter School.
Playworks

A new study from Stanford University shows a program being used during recess at six New Orleans elementary schools is enhancing the children’s education. About 2,200 students are now in the local Playworks project.

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Education
3:24 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Charter School Group May Owe More Than $250K For Student Meals

Flickr, creativecommons.org

In a report over at The Lens today, Charter School Reporting Corps member Della Hasselle digs into a conflict between the state's Recovery School District and ReNEW Schools, a charter school group which oversees several Orleans Parish schools.

Hasselle and Steve Myers, Managing Editor of The Lens, came to WWNO to discuss the story.

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