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Posted Mar. 15, 2017

My Mission to Educate Black Children Hasn’t Changed Now That I’m in a Charter School

As an educator, my focus is always on kids and how to help them reach their full potential. And as a Black man in New…

By Jamar McKneely

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Posted Nov. 2, 2016

Coffee Break: Kunjan Narechania on the One Change That Has Made the Biggest Difference For Kids in New Orleans

Kunjan Narechania is chief operating officer at the Louisiana Department of Education, where she leads the internal operations at the Recovery School District in New…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted Aug. 28, 2016

New Orleans Is Redefining the Meaning of Local Control

Local control of public education has become the rallying cry for many folks on all sides of education debates, from Tea Party libertarians to Bernie…

By Patrick Dobard

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Posted May 3, 2016

It’s Time for a Unified Public School System in New Orleans

The path to meaningful and lasting change in our public schools system is often difficult, driven by successes and slowed by setbacks along the way.…

By Shavar Jeffries

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Posted Jan. 15, 2016

Here’s What School Choice Actually Feels Like to Parents

It’s college application time for high school seniors across the country. In Louisiana, prospective students will find a fairly straightforward admissions process for Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge. Materials are due by April 15 for fall admission. Students must demonstrate a 3.0 high school GPA across 19 core courses and an acceptable ACT or SAT score. That’s the deal. Now, if only kindergarten admissions could be so simple.…

By Timothy Daly

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Posted Dec. 9, 2015

Nobody Said It Would Be Easy: Raising Standards in Baton Rouge

“Why you tryin’ to teach us ratios and half of us in here can’t even do long division properly?” One of my sixth-grade students emphatically…

By Ebenezer Gyasi

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Posted Aug. 25, 2015

Ebony Magazine Asks What Happened to New Orleans Schools After Hurricane Katrina

When Angela Lockley started to reconstruct her family’s life after the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina, two big questions weighed on her mind: Where would…

By R.L. Hill

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Posted Aug. 18, 2015

10 Years in New Orleans: Public School Resurgence and the Path Ahead

Ten years ago, Hurricane Katrina tore through our region, taking nearly 2,000 lives and forever altering hundreds of thousands more. Though many of the storm’s…

By Michael Stone, Maggie Runyan-Shefa

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Posted Aug. 17, 2015

Here’s My Hope for the Next Black Teachers of New Orleans

Spend five minutes asking people in New Orleans about the public schools and someone will reference the firing of 7,000 veteran black teachers immediately after Hurricane…

By Chris Stewart

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Posted Aug. 5, 2015

We’re Expelling Far Fewer Kids in New Orleans Than Ever Before

On Wednesday, the Recovery School District (RSD) released data showing that expulsions fell 14 percent across the city’s schools between the 2013-14 and 2014-15 school…

By Peter Cook

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Posted Dec. 8, 2017

Teachers Are Ready to End the School-to-Prison Pipeline But They Need the Trump Administration’s Help

2.6 million. That is the number of children suspended from U.S. public schools in one calendar year—2.6 million. That data, released in 2014 by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for…

By Lillian Lowery, Evan Stone

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Posted Dec. 7, 2017

This Video of Denver DREAMers Challenged Me to Check My Privilege

Being the “Type A,” driven overachiever that I am, I tend to be a planner—often, to a fault. As the daughter of a Purdue grad,…

By Chyrise Harris

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Posted Dec. 7, 2017

How Quincy Patterson Became Virginia Tech’s First Quarterback to Major in Engineering

If you follow Chicago’s high school football scene, you probably already know Quincy Patterson, the Solorio High School quarterback who drew lots of attention from…

By Maureen Kelleher

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