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.
DCJOHN / Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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.
Fox 8 WVUE

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.
Courtesy of ALAS

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.

Employees of McMillian's First Steps Preschool protested the loss of federal funds on Friday, May 17.
Fox 8 News, WVUE

A joint investigation between WWNO, Fox 8 News, WVUE and NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune on the state’s school voucher program found evidence one New Orleans school may have been cheating on state tests. Now the school says federal funds are being pulled from its pre-K program. 

A photo from a 2017 LDEQ report showing an unsecured asbestos containment area at Lafayette Academy Charter School.
Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality

The Orleans Parish School Board and New Orleans charter group, Choice Foundation, have filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit over two botched asbestos removal jobs at Lafayette Academy Charter School. They allege negligence by contractors and the state's Recovery School District.

 

 

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Students at Phillis Wheatley tested the impacts of the I-10 on their environment.
Jess Clark / WWNO

The health impacts of urban highways are becoming clear to researchers. Here in New Orleans, the I-10, or "The Monster," has been linked to higher rates of asthma and other lung diseases, as well as heart disease. This week, a group of fourth graders from Phillis Wheatley Community School trekked out to the freeway to collect their own findings on the environmental impacts on their neighborhood.

Orleans Parish officials say this is the fourth year of stagnant or declining test scores.
DCJOHN / Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

An Orleans Parish judge issued an order Monday morning blocking administrators at Sophie B. Wright Charter School from banning students from their graduation ceremony. But the order came too late for students to attend.

Q&A: Why Louisiana's Voucher Program Isn't Working

May 9, 2019
The application to become a voucher school is just 16 pages long. Meanwhile charter school applications take months, and can run more than 170 pages.
NOLA.com|The Times-Picayune

The Louisiana Scholarship Program, also known as the state’s school voucher program, promises families a way out of struggling public schools. But a joint-investigation with WWNO, Fox 8 News and NOLA.com|The Times-Picayune, reveals the program steered families into private schools with low test scores and little oversight. Our investigation, The Cost of Choice, was part of a collaboration organized by the investigative newsroom, Reveal.

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