Education

The New Orleans Criminal District Court, where students 17 and over have been prosecuted for allegedly making threats on their school.
Jess Clark / WWNO

Last fall, a student told a joke at International High School of New Orleans. It landed him in jail.

The New Orleans City Council is stepping in to regulate school buses after an investigation found a host of safety issues with the city's privately operated school buses.
Jess Clark / WWNO - New Orleans Public Radio

New Orleans' unique system of charter schools does not have centralized busing. Each school is in charge of finding bus services for students, and those services are almost always contracted out to private bus companies. After a city investigation revealed a host of safety concerns around the city’s privately operated school buses, the city council is stepping in to regulate them, similar to the way the city regulates taxis and limos.

A new state report showing how well students are progressing shows less than half of Louisiana students are on track to master important skills and knowledge.
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School attendence is a growing problem in Orleans Parish schools. According to the Orleans Parish School Board, nearly a quarter of Orleans Parish students were chronically absent last school year - meaning they missed more than 10 percent of the school year, or 15-18 days. Research shows missing that much school can have big consequences for students - from falling behind academically, to dropping out - even incarceration. The Orleans Parish School Board is turning to the community to help get kids back in school. WWNO's Jess Clark spoke about the initiative with Angela Wiggins Harris, who runs OPSB's child welfare and attendance office.

Teachers at Kids of Excellence in New Orleans start the morning off with songs in circle time.
Jess Clark / WWNO - New Orleans Public Radio

A state board of education commission is asking the Louisiana state legislature to expand access to early childhood education to more than 100,000 children in need at a cost of more than $800 million over 10 years.

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. 

A packed-in crowd boos and jeers as InspireNOLA CEO Jamar McKneely tells the board he will "make sure McDonogh 35 is where it needs to be."
Jess Clark / WWNO - New Orleans Public Radio

Community anger boiled over at Thursday's Orleans Parish School Board meeting as parents and community leaders publically fumed over superintendent Henderson Lewis' decision to charter McDonogh 35, New Orleans' historic black high school.

U.S. Marshalls escort Ruby Bridges to integrate William Frantz Elementary School in New Orleans in 1960.
United States Government

As the city approaches the end of its tricentennial year, professors at the University of New Orleans and the University of Holy Cross are looking back on the city's history of public education. In a new report from The Data Center, they argue New Orleans public schools have failed to realize their original democratic ideals.

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