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Education
6:46 am
Sun June 1, 2014

New Orleans Closes Its Last Traditional Schools

Originally published on Sun June 1, 2014 1:43 pm

Last week, the New Orleans school district became the first all-charter district in the country. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Sarah Carr, a reporter who's been following the city's changing schools.

Education
4:45 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Sci High Mascot Comes Out Of Her Shell

New Orleans' Sci High symbol has been the chambered nautilus since the school began.

New Orleans restructured its schools system after Hurricane Katrina. That’s meant rebuilding a sense of community and school spirit through new traditions. One young woman dedicated her efforts to create a legacy by becoming her high school’s first student mascot.

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Education
8:45 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Student Essays Reveal Insights On Discipline, School Staffing

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As the school year ends, education writer Sarah Carr sought a different approach to perspectives on schools.

She asked the students themselves to write opinion pieces on controversial topics: Discipline in schools, Teach for America teachers versus veteran educators, whether all students should go to a four-year college, and school desegregation.

Teenagers at the Bard Early College program submitted their thoughts, and The Hechinger Report has been publishing these essays.

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Education
8:00 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Behind The Test: Louisiana Grapples With How To 'Test' Its Youngest Learners

The babies at New Orleans' Kids of Excellence child care center sit down for meal time.
Credit Sarah Carr / WWNO

As the stakes grow higher for standardized tests, so too does the desire to test more students — including younger and younger ones. WWNO wraps up its series "Behind the Test."

The three-year-olds at Kids of Excellence child care center learn largely through play. Kristi Givens, the center’s director, tries to make sure they are ready for big school by the time they leave.

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Features
3:05 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

At A New Orleans High School, Marching Band Is A Lifeline For Kids

The Edna Karr High School marching band had fewer than 40 members four years ago. Today, more than 80 students march in the band.
Keith O'Brien NPR

Originally published on Sat May 17, 2014 2:31 pm

Editor's Note: This is a story about a high school band. It is a story that demands to be heard, even more so than read. Please click on the audio player, above, to listen. Audio will be available around 6:30 p.m. EDT.

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Education
8:00 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Behind The Test: Schools Turn To Social Workers, Relaxation Techniques To Deal With LEAP Test Strain

Kevin and Byroneshia doing a guided imagery activity. LEAP tests put entire schools under enormous stress.
Credit Mallory Falk / WWNO

WWNO continues its series "Behind the Test" with a look at standardized testing through the lens of test anxiety. In the weeks leading up to the LEAP test, teachers do a lot to prepare students: drilling them on crucial skills, giving out practice tests, even holding pep rallies to boost confidence. But what about preparing students to cope with test-related anxiety?

Brittany Healy is leading a small group of fifth graders in a guided imagery activity. They’re sprawled out on a couch and sunken into bean bag chairs. Eyes shut, arms loose at their sides.

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Education
8:50 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Behind The Test: The Rules And Regulations Leading To Reliable LEAP Data

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WWNO continues its series “Behind the Test” with a look at test security. The paper booklets, and students’ answers inside, can determine things like teacher pay or the very existence of a school. It takes a lot of effort — and people — to keep the testing materials secure through delivery, administering the test, turning them in and then scoring.

The booklets and answer sheets for Louisiana’s LEAP tests come from a company called Data Recognition Corporation in Minnesota. When the Recovery School District's tests arrive they go straight to a warehouse.

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Code Switch
2:44 am
Wed May 14, 2014

New Orleans Police Hope To 'Win The City Back,' One Kid At A Time

New Orleans police investigate a shooting in February. Though the city's murder rate is down for a second straight year, it's still high compared with other cities.
Michael DeMocker The Times-Picayune/Landov

Originally published on Wed May 14, 2014 8:25 am

New Orleans is making progress toward losing the "murder capital" label. For a second straight year, homicides declined in the city, in keeping with a nationwide trend.

For African-Americans in the city, though, the numbers are less comforting. Of the nearly 350 killings in the past two years, 91 percent of the victims have been black. It's a cycle that's worrisome to the city's African-American community — and law enforcement.

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Latest News
5:10 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Civil Rights Complaints Target New Orleans Charter Schools

New Orleans charter schools are named in a federal civil rights complaint as being discriminatory against students of color.
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A coalition of groups opposed to charter schools says it is filing federal civil rights complaints claiming discrimination by officials running school systems in New Orleans, Chicago and Newark, New Jersey.

Copies of the complaints were released today by the Journey for Justice Alliance. They say black students in the three cities suffer because of the closure of traditional public schools or the conversion of them into charter schools — run by independent organizations under charters approved by state or local education officials.

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The Lens
7:00 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Behind The Test: Using Test Scores To Grade Teachers

Teachers have a lot riding ontheir students' standardized test scores. Improvement can mean financial rewards. But little or no improvement can lead to a teacher losing their job.
Josh Davis Flickr

Louisiana’s schools have a lot riding on student performance on standardized tests, and the stakes can be even higher for educators.

Louisiana is one of over 20 states around the country that ties teacher evaluations to student performance. Teachers can receive huge financial bonuses if their students do well, and they can lose their jobs if they don't.

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