Recovery School District

A group of L.B. Landry High School alumni is taking the state to court over plans to merge the campus with another high school, O. Perry Walker.

The Times-Picayune reports the case could be the first test of a law that requires community input on any changes in the way state-controlled schools are governed.

The state ethics board has deferred a decision on whether state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education member Kira Orange-Jones can keep her elected seat and her job as executive director of the New Orleans branch of Teach for America.

Alainna Giacone, spokeswoman for the ethics board, said Friday that Orange-Jones' attorney asked for the postponement until the panel's August meeting.

The school bus company that transports most public school students in New Orleans has laid off its drivers in a dispute over $7.2 million in unpaid bills.

Blaine Krage, a spokesman for Warrenville, Ill.-based Durham School Services, told The Times-Picayune Tuesday that the company has sent termination letters to 142 drivers and 55 bus monitors telling them "we will not need their services this upcoming school year."

In a move to stop charter schools from expelling students too frequently, the state agency running most of New Orleans' public schools has issued new guidelines on what constitutes the kind of behavior that will get a student thrown out.

Report examines Orleans schools progress, problems

Jul 11, 2012

A policy institute at Tulane University has released its annual look at the progress and problems of public education in New Orleans.

BESE reviews capital projects, Early Head Start monitoring

Jun 1, 2012

Construction of four new schoolhouses should be completed as classes resume in August, education officials announced Wednesday night, but modular buildings are ready just in case.

Capital projects, including ground-up school construction, highlighted Wednesday night’s meeting in New Orleans of the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. The board meets periodically in New Orleans — Wednesday’s meeting was at Walter L. Cohen High School — to address Recovery School District issues.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Education officials say most New Orleans students who took part in the state-run school system's new single application enrollment system were assigned to one of their top three school choices.

The Louisiana Recovery School District said Wednesday that 84 percent of applicants entering kindergarten or high school got one of their top three choices.

In this week's complete episode we'll visit a school in the Recovery School District, profile the conductor of the LPO, and chat about a festival uniting the African and Latin cultural influences of New Orleans.