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Education
8:35 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Services For Non-English Speaking Families Often Lacking In New Orleans Schools

Karen Gadbois Flickr

For decades, New Orleans’ largest bilingual community has been Vietnamese-American. Now, since Katrina, the number of Spanish-speaking families has been growing rapidly.

Reporter Katy Reckdahl has been looking at services for both of those growing communities in New Orleans’ public schools. She found the charter system and One App programs can make language services more complicated.

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Education
8:30 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Wilson Charter School Embraces Students New To English

Sister Juanita Wood reads with a group of Spanish speaking kindergardeners.
Eve Abrams

When Logan Crowe became Principal of Andrew H. Wilson Charter School three years ago, the school had fewer than 10 non-English-speaking students.

Crowe actively recruited native Spanish speakers from New Orleans' swelling Latino population, and this year Wilson has 61 English as a Second Language students enrolled... but no funds to hire a full time ESL teacher.

Sister Juanita Wood, a bilingual nun near retirement, volunteered for the task and is paid a part-time stipend.

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education
7:36 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Morris Jeff Community School Teachers Unionize

Tiana Nobile and Rowan Shafer are co-presidents of the Morris Jeff Association of Educators.
Eve Abrams WWNO

One idea behind charter schools is that they operate with few outside restrictions. They can play around with curriculum, the structure of the school day and staffing. Teachers unions tend to create restrictions on things like hours and duties in order to protect the people who work in schools.

Morris Jeff Community School is the first charter school in Louisiana to form a teachers union that’s recognized by the school’s board. In fact, at Morris Jeff the very term teachers union has a whole new meaning.

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The Lens
6:00 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Taking A Hard Look At School Bus Safety

New Orleans schools rely on a dozen fleets of private buses that travel along hundreds of routes.
Gerald Bernard Shutterstock.com

In New Orleans, hundreds of school buses criss-cross the city every day, picking up and dropping off kids at school. The city’s schools rely on a dozen fleets of private buses that travel along hundreds of routes.

Last month, 6-year-old Shaud Wilson was crossing a busy street to meet his school bus when he was hit and killed by a car.

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Education
8:00 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Charter School Model Spreads Across Louisiana

New Orleans will soon become the first city with an all-charter school district, but the education landscape looks much different across the rest of Louisiana. Many parishes have few or no charter schools, but that's starting to change.

The Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools recently hosted Apply Yourself!, a three-day training for people who want to start charter schools. Most people at the training were not from New Orleans, and many are trying to start the first charter school in their parish.

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Education
6:36 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Akili Academy Illustrates How New Orleans Teachers Have Changed

Lesley Blouin works with David Phoenix at his desk.
Akili Acadmey

Just after Hurricane Katrina, the entire teaching staff of The Orleans Parish School Board was fired. Last week, a state appeals court ruled that those teachers were denied due process.

As the school system has rebuilt, there’s been a seismic shift in who is teaching in New Orleans — the city-wide pool of teachers looks different, in terms of race, age, how they came to the teaching profession, how long they’ve been teaching, and whether they are “from” New Orleans, or not.

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Notes from New Orleans
2:19 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Is Recess Going Extinct In New Orleans?

Students at Edgar P. Harney elementary school play Duck Duck Goose during one of their supervised recess breaks, organized by Playworks.
Credit Thomas Walsh

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It’s probably been a few years since you last attended recess, but you’ll quickly recall it was a welcomed period to escape the four walls of your classroom and just hang out. So it may surprise you to learn about Playworks: a national non-profit that actually organizes recess for kids.

Their New Orleans branch is the subject of this week’s Notes from New Orleans

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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.

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The Lens
6:00 am
Wed January 8, 2014

When Failing Schools Close, Results Are Mixed

After Recovery School District officials closed Henderson for poor academic performance in May, most Henderson students wound up at better schools. But students leaving two other closed failing schools didn't fare as well.
Janaya Williams The Lens

Last year, the Recovery School District closed four elementary schools in New Orleans because of poor performance, affecting about one thousand students, who had to find another school this year.

Now, state officials have released grades for many of the new schools those students are enrolled in. The question is whether those students who were forced to change schools ended up at better schools than the ones they left.

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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.

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