Supporting students beyond high school graduation


In our changing economy, it’s increasingly clear that the young people of New Orleans today must have an education that goes past high school if they are to have a place in the workforce of the future. New Orleans students… Read More

What the cuts to TOPS Scholarships mean for New Orleans students


In 2016-2017, Louisiana did not fully fund TOPS for the first time in the program’s history. Louisiana’s college students from low income households are disproportionately impacted by these reductions. The Louisiana College Access Coalition (NSNO is part of this growing… Read More

The Norman C. Francis Teacher Residency


By Maggie Runyan-Shefa On Monday, we joined with Xavier University of Louisiana, to announce the launch of the Norman C. Francis Teacher Residency—a partnership between Xavier and 5 New Orleans charter organizations: Choice Foundation Schools, FirstLine Schools, InspireNOLA, KIPP New… Read More

Turning around Wilson Charter School


Two weeks ago, our Co-CEO, Michael Stone, wrote about the positive effects of closures and restarts.  We asked Jamar Mckneely, CEO of InspireNOLA, to share his perspective on the challenges and opportunities of charter school restarts in New Orleans.  Last… Read More

On Closures and Restarts


On Monday, the Education Research Alliance (ERA) released a new report on the effects of closure and charter restarts in New Orleans and Baton Rouge. Closures and restarts (what ERA refers to as “takeovers”) have been central to New Orleans… Read More

Helping schools improve ACT performance


Four years ago Louisiana began to require every graduating senior to take the ACT. Since that time, ACT scores in New Orleans improved steadily each year—narrowing the gap with the state average—until this year when scores remained flat. Test scores… Read More

Increasing the diversity of public schools in New Orleans


Earlier this month, NSNO hosted a conversation between US Education Secretary John King and a group of New Orleans educators, parents, and community leaders to talk about increasing racial and socioeconomic diversity in New Orleans public schools. That conversation has… Read More

Social Justice and Academic Excellence


“I’ve been asked repeatedly, “do we really need to include those other issues if our goal is to improve education?” My response has been “other issues?” As if any of us live compartmentalized lives where our hearts, minds, and bodies… Read More

Elevating the Teaching Profession
in New Orleans


Excellent schools do not exist without excellent teachers. But bringing high-quality teachers into New Orleans public schools remains a persistent challenge. And it’s not just here—across the country, teacher preparation programs report declining enrollment, baby boomer generation teachers are poised… Read More