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Posted Feb. 11, 2016

The One Thing Beyonce Forgot to Address in ‘Formation’

Beyonce’s new video “Formation” is a loud celebration of Black culture, while artistically addressing racial injustices that continue to plague the Black community: Hurricane Katrina: “What…

By Tanikia Carpenter

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Posted Aug. 23, 2015

Louisiana Superintendent John White Responds to New York Times Op-Ed

Dear Supporters of New Orleans Schools and Children, This morning the New York Times published an opinion piece by a business journalism professor from New…

By John White

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Posted Aug. 20, 2015

Adaptability Is Key to Continuing the Gains for New Orleans Schools

A bevy of commentaries have shared lessons learned since Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans a decade ago. Amid all this reflection, the school system’s adaptive…

By Alex Medler

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Posted Aug. 18, 2015

They Told Me I Wouldn’t Succeed and I Listened. Thankfully, Someone Disagreed.

For most of my life, I never thought I would leave New Orleans or go to college. But my teachers saw things in me that…

By Jabari Walters

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Posted Aug. 18, 2015

Balancing Results and Relationships in NOLA Charter Schools

This summer, Chris Stewart spent a month in his hometown of New Orleans, where he spoke to the city’s parents, activists and educators about the…

By Chris Stewart

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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 July 13, 2015

Here’s How Things Get Done in New Orleans

By all accounts last year’s school enrollment season was hell for many parents in New Orleans. The shortcomings were celebrated by critics and described this way…

By Chris Stewart

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Posted Apr. 8, 2015

A Black School That Does Well, Imagine That

At the risk of setting off another festival of disbelief amongst the debunkers of schools that work for black people, here’s a little story about…

By Chris Stewart

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Posted Mar. 11, 2015

Charter Critics Don’t See It: Local Educators are Driving Change in New Orleans Schools

I’m a Louisiana native who has committed his life to transforming and empowering the lives of our youth in New Orleans. As a 12-year veteran…

By Jamar McKneely

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Posted July 9, 2019
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Here’s What I Wish White Teachers Knew When Teaching My Black Children

Dear White Teachers of My Black Children: I am a Black mom and I have two children who are now in high school. Raising them…

By Afrika Afeni Mills

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Posted July 10, 2019

Black Folks Can Barely Access District Choices. That’s Why I Fight for My Grandson’s California Charter.

This Wednesday, the California Senate’s Education Committee will hold a public hearing on a bill that would make local school districts the primary authority saying…

By Christina Laster

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Posted July 9, 2019

Six Ways Parents Can Help Kids Learn Over the Summer Break

Summer is not just a two-month countdown to sending the kids back to school. You only get 18 summers total with your “babies,” and half…

By Melissa Bagneris

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