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7:35 am
Mon February 9, 2015

Urban League Expo Showcases New Orleans Schools

Javanti Coleman and her daughter Jatina take a break from looking at schools.
Credit Mallory Falk / WWNO

On Saturday morning, the Urban League held its ninth annual Schools Expo. Hundreds of families came out to the Superdome to learn about school options.

The Superdome is packed, with representatives from over 50 schools and dozens of community organizations. Families stop by tables to learn about each school.

Tye Davis has one priority: finding a school closer to home. She says her nine year old daughter spends almost three hours on the school bus every day.

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Education
3:30 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Settlement Puts Supports In Place For New Orleans Students With Disabilities

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Last month the Southern Poverty Law Center, Louisiana Department of Education, State School Board, and Orleans Parish School Board reached a settlement on a four-year-old lawsuit. The suit claimed New Orleans schools weren't effectively serving students with disabilities — something that's harder to monitor and track in the charter school landscape.

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Education
4:46 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Families Explore School Choices As Application Deadline Draws Near

It's National School Choice Week — a week aimed at showcasing school options across the country. Here in New Orleans, families are exploring choices as the school application deadline draws near.

With the deadline a month away, families can draw on several resources to learn more about schools.

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Education
4:15 pm
Mon January 19, 2015

Voices Of Educators: Sheena Reed

Sheena Reed

This month, as high school seniors apply for financial aid, we focus our Voices of Educators series on a college counselor.

Sheena Reed is Director of College Counseling at Sci Academy. She draws on her own experiences - as a first generation college student and college admissions officer — to guide her students.

Do you know a great teacher to include in our Voices of Educators series? Send us an email: comments@wwno.org

Support for Voices of Educators and education news on WWNO comes from Entergy Corporation.

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Education
6:19 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

New Report Looks At How Families Choose Schools

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In New Orleans, 9 out of ten students go to charter schools. How do they, and their families, choose those schools? A new report out today finds that families weigh many factors. Practical concerns may count as much as, or even more than, a school’s academic standing.

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Education
11:08 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

A New Study Reveals Much About How Parents Really Choose Schools

A painted map of the U.S. seen from inside a classroom at Homer A. Plessy Community School, a charter school in New Orleans.
Eric Westervelt NPR

Originally published on Thu January 15, 2015 8:13 am

The charter school movement is built on the premise that increased competition among schools will sort the wheat from the chaff.

It seems self-evident that parents, empowered by choice, will vote with their feet for academically stronger schools. As the argument goes, the overall effect should be to improve equity as well: Lower-income parents won't have to send their kids to an under-resourced and underperforming school just because it is the closest one to them geographically.

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Education
3:00 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Voices Of Educators: Kwanza Wells

Kwanza Wells teaches at St. John the Baptist.
Credit Mallory Falk / WWNO

Early childhood education got a boost last week. The federal government pledged $32 million to fund Louisiana pre-schools. 

In this month's Voices of Educators series, we look at an early childhood teacher. 

Kwanza Wells teaches at Catholic Charities St. John the Baptist Head Start, one of more than 30 Head Start centers in New Orleans. She helps students develop critical skills to succeed in kindergarten and the world.

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Education
7:27 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Education Secretary Arne Duncan Says New Orleans Is Winning The Battle For Public Education

US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan addressed the annual lunch for the nonprofit Bureau of Governmental Research on Thursday.

He called New Orleans an example for the nation in school innovation, and cited a long list of statistics in achievement improvements since 2005. Then, 60 percent of students attended a failing school, while that number has dropped to 5 percent today.

Duncan noted that New Orleanians, more than most, know the pain that comes with drastic school change. In the battle for better public education, he said, "you are absolutely winning."

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Education
5:17 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

New Orleans School Returns To Local Control For First Time Since Katrina

Today, for the first time, a charter school board voted to transfer from the Recovery School District back to the Orleans Parish School Board.

When the Recovery School District was created in 2003, the directive was clear: take over failing schools, turn them around, then transfer them back to the Orleans Parish School Board.

But now charter school boards decide whether to transfer to local control or stay in the state-run RSD. Until now, no eligible schools have returned to OPSB.

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Education
3:40 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Critics Say Millage Vote Is About Power, Not School Maintenance

Signs and banners about the school building millage started appearing around New Orleans last month.
Credit Mallory Falk / WWNO

This weekend New Orleans voters decide whether to extend and redirect a property tax to fund school maintenance. The measure seems simple: set aside money so schools don't fall into disrepair. But the millage vote reflects a power struggle in New Orleans schools.

Last month, a banner started appearing outside schools. It features a racially diverse group of kids, with crisp jeans and wide smiles. Each gives a big thumbs up. The accompanying text: Our children, our schools. Not a tax increase. Vote December 6.

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