Neighborhoods should not be sold separately


  I can remember going over to the King’s house, which was on the same block as my school and a block before my house, to get the best flavor ‘frozen cup’. Sometimes, I would venture a block past my house if I had a taste for the Rankin’s frozen cups, which were just as good and they even offered different flavors and a variety of snacks. On my way home, I… Read More

Patrick Dobard resigns from the Recovery School District

Kari Dequine Harden of the Louisiana Weekly writes about the resignation of RSD Superintendent, Patrick Dobard. Mr. Dobard is leaving his position with the RSD to take over as the Chief executive Officer of New Schools for New Orleans. “During his tenure as Superintendent for the Recovery School District, Patrick Dobard was able to guide our area schools with the confidence and tact of a seasoned leader,” said OPSB Superintendent Dr. Henderson… Read More

Is This Still About Educating Our Kids?


There is something missing from all of these education confirmations, meetings, school visits, bills, policies and conversations. In my opinion, it’s the human element and more specifically our kids and what is in their best interest.  Earlier this year, our new Secretary of Education was aggressively denied entrance into Jefferson Middle School Academy in Washington D.C., returning a few weeks later to meet with staff, teachers and students. An interview Secretary DeVos… Read More

Standing up for our immigrant students and their families

This piece originally ran at Education Leaders of Color and was written by Mary Moran, a member of EdLoC and the co-founder of Our Voice Nuestra Voz (OVNV), an education advocacy and parent organizing start-up in New Orleans. Imagine yourself at six years old, likely in first grade. You get on the bus or walk with your parents to school every day. When you walk into a classroom, you are learning to read, add and… Read More

New Orleans charter schools spend more on administration and less on teaching

Marta Jewson with the Lens writes about how New Orleans charter schools are spending more on administration and less on teachers. In January  the Education Research Alliance for New Orleans released a study showing  that charter schools spent 1,358 more per pupil on operating expenses than traditional schools during the 2013-14 school year. For example, parishwide school districts often employ a speech therapist to provide special education for some students. A staffer… Read More

Black History Month May Be Over but the Teaching of Black History Must Continue

By David McGuire Black History month has now wrapped up and in many schools, it will put back on the shelf until next year. That is a mistake. Black History can’t be confined to just 28 days in winter. I am not referring to the month of Black History because that is not the problem. The month is there for the celebration; however, that does not mean when the month is over… Read More

Make it Rain

Jarvis DeBerry with NOLA.COM writes about how Sen Bill Cassidy’s campaign received a nice amount of money from the DeVos family.  According to reporting from the Center for Responsive Politics, Betsy DeVos made three contributions of $2,600 each to Bill Cassidy’s 2014 senate campaign.  That’s a total of $7,800. The contributions were made June 26, 2014, September 25, 2014, and November 11, 2014. You can read the total amount here

The Supes Who Cried Wolf

Peter Cook of writes about last weeks Superintendent Advisory Council  meeting being more of a soap opera than an actual meeting. For three hours several district leaders used this time to attack State Superintendent John White over his plan to comply with the Every Student Succeeds Act. Things even got nasty when St. James Parish Schools head Ed Cancienne accused White of disregarding input from district leaders and manipulating them to… Read More

Talking Education with ‘Entertainment’ Tonight Reporter Nischelle Turner

I visited Los Angeles a few weeks ago and had the chance to sit down with Entertainment Tonight host Nischelle Turner. As we know, Los Angeles attracts people from all over the country and the world – which means we can learn a lot from the education experiences of others, if we’re willing to listen. Nischelle and I (Tracey Wiley) talked education, reminisced on teachers who make a difference, and explored Nischelle’s… Read More

To Charter Or Not To Charter:How Operators Lose and Confuse The Families They Say They Serve

love is the passion

    My conversations on the phone and recent meet up with parents and supporters of children who attend New Orleans’ last remaining district schools run by the Orleans Parish School Board left me concerned. My worry centers around the actions of those who are handling the parent and community engagement aspects of the OPSB. At their recent meeting, parents say they were told how to ask or state their questions. Their… Read More