Education

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.

Read more
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.

Read more
Education
5:20 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Ruling May Mean Bankruptcy For New Orleans School System

Transcript

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.

Read more
Education
5:05 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

New Orleans Teachers Contacting Union For Back Pay After 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.

Read more
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.

Read more
Education
7:08 am
Fri December 27, 2013

What's The Role Of The Recovery School District After Schools Recover?

All schools eligibe to leave the RSD this year decided to stay, instead of returning to city school board control.
mahlness Creative Commons

The state-run Recovery School District took over nearly all New Orleans public schools after Hurricane Katrina. Soon, it won't run any. It will, however, oversee dozens of charter schools, including 17 local schools which recently decided they wanted to stay in the state system instead of returning to the local school board.

Read more
Education
8:57 am
Mon December 16, 2013

How School Staffing Turnover Impacts Students, Families

Sebastian Blanco Creative Commons

Some recent reporting from The Lens and other outlets have highlighted a rapid rate of turnover in New Orleans school staffing. It’s a trend seen in the ranks of teachers and school administrators, and not just in New Orleans.

Sarah Carr is an education reporter for the Hechinger Report, an education news nonprofit, and a frequent contributor to WWNO. She sat down with News Director Eve Troeh to talk about the impact of high rates of  staff turnover in city schools.

Read more
Education
3:29 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

New Orleans' Rat Fighters Go Beyond Baiting Traps

A rat forages for food in the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans in 2006, a year after Hurricane Katrina. Blighted buildings and fewer people led to an increase in the city's rat population.
Alex Brandon AP

Originally published on Wed December 11, 2013 11:30 am

Marvin Thompson knew he faced a difficult task when he was hired last year as principal at John McDonogh High School in New Orleans.

"The day that I pulled up to this building, I thought it was condemned," Thompson says.

The structure, built in 1898, was sagging and leaky and missing entire window panes. Inside, students were underperforming academically.

And then, there were the rats. Thompson and his two children didn't even finish unpacking his office before they discovered that problem.

Read more
Education
4:02 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Board Of Ed. Supports Delay In Shift To Tougher Common Core Standards

Lissandra Melo Shutterstock

Louisiana's state school board has backed a two-year delay for some consequences tied to the phase-in of more rigorous educational standards, called Common Core, at public schools.

Members of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education on Tuesday overwhelmingly supported the changes pushed by Superintendent of Education John White.

The plan will raise accountability standards — like the grading of students, schools and teachers — to match the Common Core in 2015, with a slow adjustment to toughen school grades set to phase in through 2025.

Read more
Education
7:14 am
Tue December 3, 2013

More New Orleans Students Eat All Three Meals At School

Staff and volunteers prepare school dinners at the Second Harvest Food Bank Community Kitchen.
Credit Cheryl Gerber / Second Harvest

As school days get longer and family budgets grow tighter, more students are eating all three meals — breakfast, lunch, and dinner — at school.

Read more

Pages