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Residents interested in running for the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board will have just nine seats to pursue when qualifying begins in two weeks.

The school board approved a new nine-member plan by a narrow 6-5 vote on July 24.

The Louisiana NAACP has promised to challenge in federal court to this last-minute redistricting, arguing that the new maps dilute minority voting strength.

The civil rights organization wants a court to revert the school board back to the 11-member plan it approved in November 2012.

Eve Abrams / WWNO

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.

Karen Marshall / Kids Rethink New Orleans Schools

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. 

Karen Marshall is the group’s Executive Director.

Mallory Falk / WWNO

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.

Glenda McQueen teaches AP language at New Orleans Charter Science & Mathematics High School. She strives for true intellectual growth in her students.

Voices of Educators is supported by Entergy.

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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.

Sarah Tan

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.

The state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education will be reviewing the shrinking budget for New Orleans schools.

The board is meeting Tuesday to start talks about the Recovery School District.

The Lens is reporting that the RSD operating budget has plunged from $304 million in 2009-2010 to $20 million for next year.

The reduction is not surprising. New Orleans is the country’s first all-charter school district, and the per-pupil funding that went to the RSD will now go to charter organizations.

Michael DeMocker / Nola.com / The Times-Picayune

In a recent story, Nola.com / The Times-Picayune education reporter Danielle Dreilinger took a look at the many empty buildings and vacant lots still owned by the Orleans Parish School Board. Hurricane Katrina and the subsequent floods damaged many school properties, though some sat vacant and rotting long before the storm.

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.

Sci High Mascot Comes Out Of Her Shell

May 23, 2014

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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