Jess Clark

Education Desk Reporter

Jess Clark is WWNO's Education Desk reporter. Jess comes to the station after two years as Fletcher Fellow for Education Policy Reporting for North Carolina Public Radio - WUNC (Chapel Hill). Her reporting has aired on national programs, including NPR's All Things ConsideredHere & Now from WBURand NPR's Weekend Edition

Originally from Louisville, Kentucky, Jess graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2015 with a master's in Journalism and Mass Communication.

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A seventh-grader's investigation promtped the Orleans Parish School Board to test his school's water for lead.
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The Lens published an investigation in August revealing the Orleans Parish School Board abandoned plans to test school water for lead. Last week, Lens reporter Marta Jewson uncovered more about why the school board abandoned the testing plan, and it involves disagreements with the Sewerage and Water Board.

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On Saturday at the polls, voters will decide whether to renew three millages, or local taxes, that support the public school system.

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Hurricane Nate is heading to the Gulf Coast after killing 22 people in Central America. Forecasters say the storm will likely strike the Mississippi Delta around 7 p.m. as a Category 2 hurricane. Residents in several coastal parishes have been ordered to evacuate, and polling stations for early voting sites in some areas are closing ahead of schedule. Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards is urging residents to find a safe place behind the flood wall as soon as possible and stay put until Sunday morning.

Lakeview residents fill sandbags at their local fire station to prepare for Hurricane Nate in 2017.
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Evacuations are underway in areas outside of Louisiana's levee system ahead of Tropical Storm Nate. Nate is barreling through the Caribbean on a path towards the Gulf of Mexico. Forecasters say it's likely to grow into a Category 1 hurricane before it slams into the Gulf Coast Saturday night. Residents across New Orleans are making last-minute preparations before the storm hits.

[From left to right] Cousins Tyjae Coston, Ri'yanna Hayes, Rh'niya Brown and Raynard Brown wait for their school bus on a corner in the Ninth Ward.
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On a corner in the Ninth Ward, four elementary school kids are waiting for their bus under a street lamp. It's dark outside. A bony cat slinks across the street, and a rooster crows somewhere — prematurely since the sun is nowhere in sight.

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New Orleans mayoral candidates took part in two debates Wednesday night, each candidate attempting to stand out, but often overlapping with one another on answers to the city's education, crime and infrastructure problems.

Einstein's board voted to approve legal action defending the school group against allegations it is not bussing students according to district policy.
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Einstein Charter Schools is planning to take legal action against the Orleans Parish School Board over allegations that it has failed to provide bus service to students.

The OPSB has sent Einstein Charter Schools a letter of noncompliance for not providing adequate transportation.
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Einstein Charter Schools are in trouble for failing to provide adequate transportation to their students. WWNO has obtained a notice of noncompliance sent from the Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB) to Einstein Charter schools warning them they have to start transporting students to school.

Members of Nuestra Voz posed for a photo with school board members and OPSB superindent Henderson Lewis after the board passed policies meant to buffer students from immigration and law enforcement.
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The Orleans Parish School Board passed new guidelines Thursday night that immigrant rights groups say will better protect students from immigration and law enforcement in school.

The policies lay out a number of steps principals have to follow when law enforcement show up and ask to interrogate a student or look at student data as part of an investigation that’s not school related. That includes investigations regarding immigration status. Step one: Law enforcement officers have to show the principal a warrant or other court order.

A new website compiled data on dozens of indicators to show how equitable schools in New Orleans are.
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When parents in New Orleans are deciding where to send their child to school, many of them use the letter grades schools get based on their student test scores.: 'A' for the schools with the highest scores, 'F' for those with the lowest.

But what about other factors: How equitable is the school? How experienced are its teachers? Are poor students getting the resources they need? And how equitable are New Orleans schools overall?

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