Uptown Messenger Series: The Right School for CJ


The Right School for CJ By Christopher Dobney, Parent In the first essay of this ten-part series by parents of students at public schools Uptown, Christopher Dobney writes about his son CJ’s time at Benjamin Franklin Elementary Mathematics & Science School. Uptown,… Read More

New ERA Report Shows Improved School Quality & More Extracurricular Options


  A new study from the Education Research Alliance for New Orleans (ERA-NO) shows significant improvement in school quality since education reforms began, as well as an increase in diversity of school and extracurricular options. The quality of New Orleans’ public schools… Read More

Gambit: At the Start of the Academic Year, New Orleans’ School Options are Varied and Strong


[This article appeared in Gambit‘s August 20th Back to School issue. Read the full article here.] Public education in New Orleans has vastly improved in the last fifteen years. Our city’s graduation rate has skyrocketed from just over 50% in… Read More

In Case You Missed It: August 2019


Morris Jeff August 5, 2019 | The New Orleans Advocate “For parents, students and teachers, the first day of classes started off with love, hugs and jitters at Morris Jeff Community School in New Orleans. The schools mission offers an education that is… Read More

New Orleans Students Outperform State Average on AP Exams


  New Orleans Students Outperform State Average on AP Exams 90% of Open-Enrollment Schools Offer AP Courses More New Orleans students are taking rigorous coursework than ever before. Today, 90% of our city’s open-enrollment schools that serve 11th and 12th… Read More

Closing Out the Summer with a Look at Live Oak Wilderness Camp


“What if the future leaders of New Orleans met at age nine?” This question was the inspiration behind Live Oak Wilderness Camp, which was founded by a team of New Orleans educators in 2014. Live Oak has built a diverse community of… Read More

LEAP Scores Stall: As Schools Retain Teachers and New Curriculum Takes Root, the City Will See Change


The percentage of 3rd through 8th grade students scoring Mastery and above on ELA and math LEAP tests combined improved statewide. In New Orleans, LEAP scores did not improve; the percentage of students scoring Mastery and above has stalled, while… Read More

From Books to Baseball: Learning, In and Outside of the Classroom


The voices of students and families are the most important part of any dialogue on public education. So as the school year ended and the summer began, we interviewed Cassandra Tucker, who is the mother of two students at Martin… Read More

The Journey to Higher Standards and Increased Equity in Louisiana


In Louisiana, we have finally given our students the high academic standards they deserve. Over the past decade, in our state, academic standards and assessments have become more rigorous. As they have done so, New Orleans’ children, teachers, and schools have… Read More

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