New Orleans public schools have announced the results of OneApp, the city’s universal application process.
One App asks families to rank up to eight schools they’d like to attend. If you don’t get into your first choice, you get assigned to your second, and down the line. About 80 percent of kids were accepted to one of their top three schools.
The high-performing Benjamin Franklin Elementary, located Uptown, was the most desired elementary school. And Edna Karr High School in Algiers took the top spot for the most popular high school.
It’s impossible to wager how many angry children have told their parents they’re running away to join the circus. Switzerland-native Meret Riyhner never had such a violent outburst with her parents, but she ended up in the circus anyway. Now, she’s the circus arts teacher at the International School of Louisiana located on Camp Street, and the subject of this week’s Notes from New Orleans.
Originally published on Sat April 19, 2014 8:37 am
“The food is not very tasty, at all.”
“The food’s so disgusting.”
“The cafeteria food is nasty.”
These students from Ruston and Central high schools aren’t just bellyaching about their school lunches, they’re testifying before Louisiana’s Senate Agriculture Committee. They’re hoping to advance a resolution they initiated.
The common enrollment process for New Orleans public schools, OneApp, mailed home the last acceptance letters on Friday.
OneApp lets families rank up to eight school choices, and assigns families to their school of choice, if spots are open. If seats are full at one school, the system will place a child at their next choice, and so on.
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.
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.
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 unionhas a whole new meaning.
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.