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John Brown, Sr. was reelected as OPSB president after public outcry over another top contender's views on LGBTQ rights.
Orleans Parish School Board

The Orleans Parish School Board reelected John Brown, Sr. as its next board president Thursday night. Brown's reelection comes after controversy over another contender’s views on LGBTQ rights.

The Center For Resilience operated as the Therapeutic Day Program under the RSD.
Mallory Falk / WWNO

The Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB) is giving $1.3 million to the Center For Resilience, a New Orleans non-profit that works with students with serious mental health challenges. New Orleans’ youth have rates of trauma and depression much higher than the national average.

 

A report shows a high number of Louisiana students are being harassed or assaulted at school because they are LGBTQ.
Ludovic Bertron / Wikimedia Commons

LGBTQ students are being harassed, assualted and discriminated against in Louisiana schools, according to a new report by an LGBTQ-rights advocacy group.

Dolores T. Aaron students Ty'ron Martin (left) and Donovan Dubart play trumpet in the school brass band.
Jess Clark / WWNO - New Orleans Public Radio

New Orleans’ culture is deeply connected to its music. The city is the birthplace of jazz, and the hometown of many great musicians, from Louis Armstrong to Irma Thomas. Many got their start in public schools. But those training grounds are under threat as schools change and become more focused on test scores in reading and math. Now, a group of veteran New Orleans musicians are trying to do something about it. 

Lusher Charter School is among the top performing schools in New Orleans, but they're not easy to get into.
Jess Clark / WWNO - New Orleans Public Radio

Enrollment for the 2019-2020 school year opened this week in New Orleans public schools. Parents apply for most schools through the One App, a website where they list their preferred schools. One App uses an algorithm to try to match them with their top choice. Sounds simple, but there are a lot things to consider when making your selections.

Ileana Ortiz helps parents through the enrollment process at the non-profit Ed Navigator. She sat down with WWNO’s Jess Clark to share some do's and don'ts of One App.

Below are some suggestions based on their conversation. 

Is Harney A Bad Apple? Or A Symptom Of Bigger Issues In New Orleans Schools?
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Financial mismanagement, ethics violations, problems serving students with disabilities - these are the reasons the Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB) says it’s going to close Edgar P. Harney Spirit of Excellence Academy at the end of this school year.  The Lens reports Orleans Parish superintendent Henderson Lewis told parents he's "never seen anything like it." But Nahliah Webber is taking issue with the narrative that Harney is such an anomaly. 

Cypress Academy leaders shocked parents when they announced three days before the end of the school year that they won't be reopening in the fall.
Jess Clark / WWNO - New Orleans Public Radio

Orleans Parish school superintendent Henderson Lewis announced plans at Thursday night’s board meeting to take over one troubled charter school, and pass off another. 

The state earned a B overall on the new, tougher school grading system.
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Louisiana public schools got an overall B on the Louisiana Department of Education's new, tougher school grading system. Meanwhile, in the New Orleans area, Orleans Parish public schools and Jefferson Parish public schools each earned an overall C. 

[Click here to find your school's letter grade.]

The Curve Is Over

Voters in Jefferson Parish sent more business-backed candidates to their school board in the first round of voting.
Jess Clark / WWNO

Voters in Jefferson Parish have elected members to four school board seats up for consideration. Three other seats will go to a runoff election on Dec. 8. In the four decided races, candidates backed by the business community won out over longtime educators or candidates backed by the teacher's union.

Southeast Louisiana has a rapidly growing population of immigrant students, many from Central America. When students arrive at local public schools, they need to learn English, in addition to the rest of their curriculum. For our latest installment of WWNO's Voices of Educators series, we hear from Cohen College Prep High School teacher Jasmin Zobrist. Zobrist has a classroom of English language learners (ELLs). All of her students have been in the U.S. for less than a year.

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