Education

Sarah Carr

Teacher Jerome White knew from the first moment he met Donald Meyer that the student was a math whiz —and that Meyer was very aware of his natural abilities. White struggled in his first year teaching Donald pre-calculus at New Orleans' Lusher High School to convince the student to focus in class, do his homework, or recognize that he might have something to learn.

Supporters of the leadership at Bethune and Baby Ben cheer for a student who urged the OPSB to grant Bethune's current leadership a charter.
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Superintendent Henderson Lewis says Mary McLeod Bethune Elementary and Benjamin Franklin Elementary are ready to become charter schools. Lewis' approval of the schools' plans mean next year, there will likely remain just one traditional public school in the district.

Freezing temperatures and possible light snow are prompting schools to close Friday in several parishes.
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Possible wintry weather is prompting several New Orleans-area schools to close Friday.

Einstein Charter Schools says it doesn't believe they should have to provide transportation for students. Instead it directs parents to private van services.
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The Orleans Parish School Board is taking Einstein Charter Schools to court over the school group's transportation policy. The board filed a petition in Orleans Parish Civil District Court Wednesday, asking the court to declare Einstein in breach of its charter contract and allow OPSB to force Einstein to bus students.

A new report shows per-student spending is down in a majority of the states, including Louisiana.
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Louisiana is among 29 states spending less on students than before the Great Recession, according to a new report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

A new Tulane study shows school reforms increased expulsions in New Orleans, but that school corrected course due to mounting public pressure.
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Researchers at the Education Research Alliance for New Orleans have released a new report showing Louisiana's black students and low-income students are more likely to be suspended than white and wealthier students. 

Supporters of the leadership at Bethune and Baby Ben cheer for a student who urged the OPSB to grant Bethune's current leadership a charter.
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It's the general understanding that Mary McLeod Bethune Elementary and Benjamin Franklin Elementary and Middle will become charter schools. The only question is when that will happen, and who will run them. The schools' current principals think it should be them, so they applied to the Orleans Parish School Board to convert them into charters beginning next year. But an independent report recommended the board deny their applications.

Government reform advocate David Osborne's new book includes a look at New Orleans' post-Katrina school reform.
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New Orleans’ post-Katrina experiment with public education has drawn the attention of pro-charter-school education reformers across the U.S. Today, 9 in 10 New Orleans public school students attend charter schools. One reformer who has had his eye on New Orleans is David Osborne. Osborne’s 1992 book ‘Reinventing Government’ had a major impact on government reform efforts during that decade. Now Osborne leads the Progressive Policy Institute and is advocating for education reform through charter schools. WWNO’s Jess Clark sat down with Osborne to talk about his new book ‘Reinventing America’s Schools,’ which includes a look at the New Orleans school system.

Leaders of several teacher training programs announced they're getting $13 million from the federal government to train new teachers for New Orleans.
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Like many cities, New Orleans has a teacher shortage. A $13 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education is meant to address that shortage by beefing up the city’s pipeline of qualified educators.

Monica Nguyen (left) works the register at Toasty's, while Carlana Dyson works as a barista.
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Monica Nguyen takes coffee orders and chats with customers at Toasty’s. It’s a coffee shop in the concessions stand next to the gym at Abramson Sci Academy in New Orleans. Nguyen’s job at Toasty’s isn’t just part-time work she has to make extra money. This is actually part of her education.

Nguyen is a 20-year-old student at Opportunities Academy, a program run by the charter-school network Collegiate Academies. The program serves students up to age 22 who have moderate or significant developmental disabilities, with a focus on getting them ready for life after they leave the K-12 system.

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