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The Nation's report card shows more Louisiana students are performing at proficient, but that the state still trails the rest of the country.
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The "Nation's Report Card," or the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), shows Louisiana students are performing better in math and reading, but that the state still lags behind the rest of the nation, as well as the rest of the South.

The NAEP is based on nationally representative testing of thousands of 4th and 8th grade students in reading and math. It's carried out by the federal government through the National Center for Education Statistics.

Carver junior Kennis Fairley and drama teacher Ateja Lewis.
Cheryl Gerber / WWNO - New Orleans Public Radio

Our student-produced series “This Is Why It Matters” is about the lives of people our community has lost to gun violence. One thing students at George Washington Carver High School discovered in their reporting is that students aren’t the only people at school struggling with grief - many Carver teachers are grappling with the emotional toll of having lost students to homicide. Some teachers are also survivors of their own trauma.

'That's Where Her Spirit Went': Remembering Markeisha Gilmore

Oct 23, 2019
Carver junior Marneisha Gilmore with the cut-out of her sister Markeisha Gilmore.
Cheryl Gerber / WWNO - New Orleans Public Radio

Our student-produced series "This Is Why It Matters" is mostly about the people our community has lost to gun violence. But one of our student producers, George Washington Carver High School junior Marneisha Gilmore, has a story that's a little different.

Marneisha's older sister, Markeisha Gilmore, was 18 years old when she died in an accident in January 2019. Markeisha loved to dance and listen to music. She had graduated from McDonogh 35 Senior High School, and was studying nursing at Louisiana State University.

Shawanda Warren, Natasha Warren, Loghan Greenwood, Tammy Bradley and Kawanda Warren pose with photos of Bug at their home in New Orleans.
Cheryl Gerber / WWNO - New Orleans Public Radio

New Orleans has one of the highest murder rates in the country, and research shows more than half of the young people in this city have lost someone to homicide - most often to gun violence. Students at George Washington Carver High School are no exception, and they have stories to tell - not just about the trauma of losing someone - but about the lives of the people they've lost. Together with WWNO education reporter Jess Clark and radio producer Eve Abrams, a group of Carver students produced the series '"This Is Why It Matters" for WWNO.

On Saturday, some voters in East Baton Rouge Parish will vote on whether to form a new City of St. George. But opponents say it could worsen racial disparities.
Jess Clark / WWNO - New Orleans Public Radio

On the ballot for parts of East Baton Rouge Parish, there’s a measure to create a new city: The City of St. George. It’s the first step to carving out a new school district, separate from East Baton Rouge Parish Schools.

Supporters say St. George will allow more local control over taxes and improve education.

A professor at Tulane University School of Medicine says top male physicians created a hostile work environment.
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Top male professors at Tulane University School of Medicine created a "long-standing hostile and discriminatory work environment" for the women physicians, researchers and staff  who worked there, according to a complaint filed in federal court by Tulane medical school professor and physician Dr. Lesley Saketkoo.

Success Prep Academy School Nurse Michone Wells is using telemedicine to get students quicker access to a pediatrician.
Jess Clark / WWNO - New Orleans Public Radio

Many of us have been there: you get a call from school saying your child is sick, and needs to be picked up. The logistics of leaving work, getting to school and getting to the doctor can be a nightmare. Now NOLA Public Schools and Jefferson Parish Schools are using technology to help parents out, and get kids back in the classroom faster. It's called telemedicine, a rapidly growing field that lets doctors provide care for patients using remote technology like video.

New Orleans students called for action ahead of UN climate talks in New York.
Jess Clark / WWNO - New Orleans Public Radio

Youth all over the world walked out of school Friday to call for action on climate change, ahead of the United Nations climate talks in New York next week. Students in New Orleans were among those participating in the "Youth Climate Strike."

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Parents at Mary McLeod Bethune Charter School have been frustrated for weeks with the school’s unpredictable bus service. Now, the school says, a bus driver left several children at the scene of an accident Monday.

More than 400 school buses that operate in New Orleans haven't been inspected yet by the city.
Jess Clark / WWNO - New Orleans Public Radio

After a city investigation revealed serious safety concerns about school buses last year, the New Orleans City Council decided to start inspecting them. But more than a month into the school year, more than 80 percent of the city’s school buses have yet to pass inspection.