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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.

Junior Tye Mansion goes up to bat for the McDonogh 35 Roneagles.
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The first black high school in New Orleans, McDonogh 35, was a source of pride, until the chartering of the city’s schools after Hurricane Katrina contributed to its academic collapse.

Now, the school board hopes turning it over to a charter organization can save it.

A seventh-grader's investigation promtped the Orleans Parish School Board to test his school's water for lead.
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The Orleans Parish School Board says drinking water at Homer Plessy Community School is safe, according to state guidelines. The school board tested the water after a seventh-grade student found traces of lead using an at-home test kit.

Berr Voss-Potts, 13, tested his school's drinking water for lead, and found evidence of possibly dangerous levels of the heavy metal.
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Young people are the most at risk for lead contamination; lead can cause lifelong developmental problems for kids who are exposed to it. And there are concerns about the possibility of lead in New Orleans’ drinking water, including in the city’s schools. After years of delay by the Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB) to install water filters, one seventh-grader is taking matters into his own hands.

 

Orleans Parish officials say this is the fourth year of stagnant or declining test scores.
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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.

John Brown, Sr. was reelected as OPSB president after public outcry over another top contender's views on LGBTQ rights.
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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.
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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.

 

Lusher Charter School is among the top performing schools in New Orleans, but they're not easy to get into.
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Enrollment for the 2019-2020 school year opened this week in New Orleans public schools. Parents apply for most schools through the One App, a website where they list their preferred schools. One App uses an algorithm to try to match them with their top choice. Sounds simple, but there are a lot things to consider when making your selections.

Ileana Ortiz helps parents through the enrollment process at the non-profit Ed Navigator. She sat down with WWNO’s Jess Clark to share some do's and don'ts of One App.

Below are some suggestions based on their conversation. 

Is Harney A Bad Apple? Or A Symptom Of Bigger Issues In New Orleans Schools?
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Financial mismanagement, ethics violations, problems serving students with disabilities - these are the reasons the Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB) says it’s going to close Edgar P. Harney Spirit of Excellence Academy at the end of this school year.  The Lens reports Orleans Parish superintendent Henderson Lewis told parents he's "never seen anything like it." But Nahliah Webber is taking issue with the narrative that Harney is such an anomaly. 

Cypress Academy leaders shocked parents when they announced three days before the end of the school year that they won't be reopening in the fall.
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Orleans Parish school superintendent Henderson Lewis announced plans at Thursday night’s board meeting to take over one troubled charter school, and pass off another. 

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