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The college admissions process can be confounding and nerve-wracking. What if an admissions counselor could take you behind the scenes, reviewing mock applications right in front of you? Next Monday, twelve schools are doing just that at the New Orleans College Case Study.

The Orleans Parish School Board considered a controversial new funding formula last night.

The school board meeting was unusually packed with students, parents, teachers and charter CEOs. Many wore lime green T-shirts that said: families and schools for fair funding. To them "fair" means new system that gives schools more money for students with disabilities, English Language Learners, and students who are overage or several years behind. But it gives less for gifted and talented students.

The state school board was set to vote yesterday on a new funding formula for Orleans Parish schools. But at the last minute, it shifted that decision to the local school board, OPSB.

There's been fierce debate over how to distribute school funds. A new state law requires New Orleans' RSD and OPSB to develop one unified formula. Right now, each has its own. They differ in how they fund students with disabilities and gifted and talented.

When the Recovery School District was created in 2003, it was supposed to temporarily take over failing schools, then return them to local control once they'd turn around. Later the law changed, and now schools get to decide whether they want to go back. So far, most have said no. But now that's changing.

Thousands of students recently gathered outside the state capitol to protest higher education budget cuts.
Mallory Falk / WWNO

Governor John Bel Edwards has warned that Louisiana's budget crisis likely means even more cuts to higher education — up to $70 million — and big changes to the state's popular scholarship program, TOPS. For local students, that translates to an uncertain future.

The Purple Knights pose on the court; Harold Sylvester is kneeling next to his coach.
Harold Sylvester / Amistad Research Center

TriPod -- New Orleans at 300 revisits the first integrated high school sports contest in Louisiana, on February 25, 1965.

Relay Graduate School of Education

Many of New Orleans charter schools are focused on preparation for college, especially for low-income students of color who would be the first in their families to go to college. But what about preparing these students for that big academic and cultural transition?

Matt Candler is principal of a company called 4.0 Schools.
Alison Moon / It's New Orleans

The world of New Orleans education is changing. For elementary, middle and high schools that change has been so radical that we’ve become global pioneers in charter education.

With two New Orleans charters accused of standardized test fraud, the Recovery School District is beefing up test security.

An RSD news conference sought to reassure the public that New Orleans test scores will be trustworthy. That's in the wake of investigations on test fraud at SciTech Academy and Landry-Walker High School.

A New Orleans charter school violated special education law and state testing policy. That's according to a new report from state education officials.

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