Recovery School District

Posted June 29, 2018

13 Years After Hurricane Katrina, My School Is Returning to Local Control

On July 1, the Recovery School District (RSD) will return control of our schools to the Orleans Parish School Board (OPSD). The shift back is…

By Sharon Clark

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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 Nov. 15, 2018

We Don’t Need Saviors, We Need Leaders Who Are Ready to Form True Partnerships With Families and Communities

I’ve traveled a lot for work this year, and as I’ve gone from the mountains of Peru to the rural regions of Haiti to the…

By Kaya Henderson

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Posted Nov. 13, 2018

I’m a Teacher and I Stopped Saying the Pledge of Allegiance a Long Time Ago

Good morning students. Please stand for the Pledge of Allegiance. I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the…

By Shawnta S. Barnes

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Posted Nov. 13, 2018

Yes, We Need to Fund Our Schools, But Only If We Update This 100-Year-Old Education System

Here in New Mexico, we’re about to get more money for schools, but we don’t know yet how that will translate into better learning for…

By Seth Saavedra

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