Education

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."

A driver for BCH Services Group left several students with a neighbor, after getting in an accident Monday.
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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.

The state released the latest "Top Growth" scores Tuesday.
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The Louisiana Department of Education has just released a report on how quickly students are improving academically from year to year. It shows that, like last year, less than half of students are on track to master important math, reading and writing skills.

Reporter Jessica Williams of Times-Picayune|The New Orleans Advocate traces the entire school career of a recent graduate who struggled to count a handful of change.
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New Orleans’ public schools have undergone a lot of change over the last 15 years. But while test scores and graduation rates are up, many New Orleans schools have fallen short when it comes to special education. 

John F. Kennedy High School students attend graduation in 2012.
John F. Kennedy High School / New Beginning Schools Foundation

The board of New Orleans charter school group New Beginnings Schools Foundation has voted to surrender both of their remaining charters after a grade-fixing scandal at New Beginning’s John F. Kennedy High School. 

Orleans Parish officials say this is the fourth year of stagnant or declining test scores.
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Orleans Parish school officials are bemoaning yet another drop in the district's standardized test scores. When you look across all grade levels and subjects in Orleans Parish, just 27 percent of students tested at grade level in 2019.

Resurrection of Our Lord school in New Orleans East has 94 percent voucher students.
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Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards is pledging to make changes to the state’s school voucher program after a WWNO joint investigation found most students in the program end up in low-performing private schools.

At a vigil, students lay flowers on the ground near where educator Reginald Field was gunned down.
Jess Clark / WWNO - New Orleans Public Radio

Students, colleagues, friends and family gathered Wednesday afternoon to remember New Orleans educator Reginald Field. Field was 50 years old when he was shot and killed on Saturday, May 25 - one of 17 people police say were shot over a violent Memorial Day weekend. Students remember Field as being strict, but caring.

Educator and social worker Lisa Maria Rhodes started ALAS to help get her students out of jail.
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Each year thousands of New Orleans students end up having some kind of involvement with the court system - whether immigration court, or criminal court. And that makes focusing on school tough, especially when students are held in jail or detained while they're waiting for their court date. Social worker and educator Lisa Maria Rhodes created an organization called ALAS to help court-involved students. She sat down with WWNO's Jess Clark to talk about how teachers can play a role in getting students released from jail.

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