In the past week, several NPR journalists have visited New Orleans to report on education, with a focus on public charter schools. NPR Correspondent Claudio Sanchez went to the first day of school for one New Orleans charter, as a jumping off point for getting the lay of the land for schools here.
Originally published on Tue August 12, 2014 7:42 am
A new pilot program in Louisiana aims to get locally grown food into school cafeterias.
The Harvest of the Month project seeks one school in central Louisiana to participate in the grant.
The goal is to increase access to local produce in schools, encourage students to make healthy food choices, and deliver a curriculum that informs students where their food comes from in support of the local foods movement, according to John Dean, regional food systems planner at the Central Louisiana Economic Development Alliance.
Encore Academy is a charter school, but it looks and feels more like the kind of public school many adults remember attending when they were kids. In today’s New Orleans, where the charter school landscape seems designed to combat lackluster academic achievement — and little else — it’s rare to see a school that values the arts as much as academics. So how does Encore Academy, a stand-alone charter school, manage to stand out?
The first thing you notice when you walk into Encore Academy’s cafeteria at lunch or breakfast is the sound of kids talking.
The nonprofit Kids Rethink New Orleans Schools has held a youth-led press conference every summer since 2006. Middle- and high-school students talk about their concerns and priorities for the city. The group's mission is training young people to be thoughtful and capable leaders by transforming the education system.
Thursday, for the first time, the students of Rethink will call for a citywide youth day of action.
Summer is in full swing, but that doesn't mean New Orleans schools are not on the minds of many people. As the city continues to reform and reshape public education, WWNO seeks to highlight teachers who bring unique talents and perspectives to their work. We'll feature one such educator each month.
Jefferson Parish public schools have agreed to make changes to end a federal investigation into discrimination against English-language learners. The U.S. Department of Justice brokered the agreement, along with the Department of Education.
Jessica Williams is an education reporter at NOLA.com / The Times-Picayune. She says the agreement requires that Jefferson parish make a number of changes.
STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math, and it’s quite the buzzword these days in the education world. Teachers are looking at ways to encourage their students to be more math-oriented. For one program in New Orleans, the solution is to start introducing math early — as early as preschool.