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

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    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

We are Black Educators So Why Do You Only See Us as Disciplinarians?

By Shawnta Barnes and David McGuire In their article, “Decades after civil rights gains, black teachers a rarity in public schools” USA Today noted, “Because most white communities in the 1950s and 1960s preferred white teachers over black ones, court-ordered desegregation often ended the teaching careers of black educators.” Although Brown v. Board of Education led to the initial decrease of black educators in the classroom, it is not the reason the… Read More

Fighting for public funding

Laura Halleman of the Louisiana Record writes about how the Type 2 charter schools will not receive public funding due to the 1st Circuit Court of Appeal ruling against them. According to The Advocate, the court ruled in a 3-2 decision against the public funding for the Type 2 charter schools. These schools are not run by local school boards, but rather are overseen by the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education…. Read More

#MyBlackHistory: My Parents Decided to Go Back to College 30 Years Later. Here’s How My Story Inspired Them.

    Recently, the story of my parents, Renate and Charles Cole, went viral after I tweeted on social media: “My parents went back to college together and they graduated today. Together #salute.” After years of battling drug addiction, it wasn’t easy but from watching my own education journey they also knew it wasn’t impossible. HERE’S HOW MY STORY INSPIRED THEM TO GO BACK TO COLLEGE I attended more than 10 schools before… Read More

Turning Those Buzzwords into Meaningful Action

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  Take it from me a parent. It is time for some unconventional measures that are colorful and as diverse as a rainbow yet work in a practical sense for everyone in the room. As I navigate the world of education on both sides of the spectrum I can’t help but to notice a mundane world of old habits instead of a space of fresh ideas and actions. One such course of… Read More

The New Orleans Alliance for Diversity and Excellence: Why Diverse Leadership Matters for New Orleans’ Schools

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    The transformation of New Orleans public schools is often told like this: Before Katrina, the school system was failing due in part to leadership and low quality teachers. After the storm, teachers were let go and public schools were rebuilt with an influx of new talent and a new commitment to accountability. But this is not the whole story. While numerous changes ushered in after Katrina were positive, such as… Read More

An Interview with Douglas Butler Jr

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New Orleans native, Douglas Butler Jr., has spent the last 8+ years working tirelessly to give back to all students and families with whom he comes into contact.  Serving as both a math instructor and dance coach at L.B. Landry- O.P. Walker College and Career Preparatory High School, Butler believes strongly in the strength and power of community and has been focused on ways to empower himself to continue to transform lives… Read More

What We Learned about School Discipline in 2016

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  School discipline represents more than just a strategy to deal with misbehaving children. It is also a measure of the compassion we have for the most troubled children.  As we review the highlights of Louisiana’s school discipline news in the past year we can reflect upon what we have learned. In January 2016, we kicked off the year with a column by Jarvis DeBerry that proposed a shift in the way… Read More

Are School Closures Really the Best Solution for Our Kids?

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    As a parent, if you believed your child to be enrolled in a failing school, would you withdraw them? And if you did, using the city’s One-App process, how likely would it be that you would be lucky enough to get your child enrolled within your preferred school? A better school? I have been asking myself these questions since learning that two New Orleans schools, Algiers Technology Academy and Gentilly… Read More

This 9 Year Old Has Electric Power

Matilda Saulnier, a 9 year old dreamer, leader and future powerhouse in science and technology is part of a local nonprofit called Electric Girls. Electric Girls was designed to help young girls learn the fundamentals in programming and electronics. It makes me feel independent. It makes me feel strong, she said.  Girls just need to know that you can.  Read more:  ‘Girls just need to know that you can’: 9-year-old dreamer on STEM,… Read More