After three decades running the cosmetology program at John McDonogh High School, Deborah Richardson packed up her classroom and teaching salon last spring. Among the supplies: mannequin heads with human hair.
The education system in Louisiana has undergone a major transformation. But until recently, most of the changes were aimed at grades K-12. Now the focus is turning to early childhood. Thanks to Act 3, or the Early Childhood Education Act, Pre-K and early child care programs across the state are getting revamped this fall.
WWNO's Mallory Falk spoke about the revamp with Melanie Bronfin, Executive Director of the Policy Institute for Children. Bronfin says the changes were partly prompted by new research on child brain development.
It's only November, but some students and families are already thinking about the next school year. That's because OneApp – the city's school enrollment process – launched today. Students entering the public school system for the first time or hoping to transfer to a new school can review their options and submit one application with their top choices.
Originally published on Mon November 3, 2014 11:12 am
LSU Shreveport is preparing to hire a consultant to conduct a feasibility study on whether it makes sense for the university to open a charter school.
Chancellor Larry Clark says it’s not the first time this idea has been tossed around. But now the LSUS Foundation is putting up funding for a consultant to formally explore the idea of creating a kindergarten through eighth grade charter school on campus.
Clark says it would serve the community and not be exclusive to high-achieving students.
Nine years after Katrina, schools are still being renovated and rebuilt. John Dibert Community School moved into a brand new building this fall. The school held an open house over the weekend, to show off the new facility and recruit families.
The open house started with a second line and closed out with a special performance: first graders singing "What a Wonderful World."
More than half of New Orleans public schools require registration forms that could discourage undocumented students from enrolling. That's according to a new report by the Southern Poverty Law Center and VAYLA New Orleans.
Last spring, after more than 100 years and a lot of controversy, John McDonogh High School closed its doors. The building is undergoing a $34 million renovation, but it's still not clear what kind of school will move into the building. Community members weighed in on the building's future at two public meetings last week.
The meetings were led by representatives from the Orleans Parish School Board, Recovery School District, and John McDonogh Steering Committee. The goal: get community input on the future of the school. And the community sent a clear message.