National Charter Week Champion: Keshanta Jackson

      As we celebrate National Charter School Week, I wanted to focus on some of the supportive roles made available through charter school networks that aren’t readily accessible in most private school settings. For the past eight years, Keshanta Jackson has dedicated her blood, sweat, and tears to shaping the lives of the students at Abramson Sci Academy in New Orleans East.  As a Behavior Interventionist, Keshanta spends her days… Read More

The Carver Five

At the transformation of traditional public school districts to non-traditional charter school districts in New Orleans, birthed a group of fearless student activists called the Carver Five known throughout the city as the C5! These teen leaders challenged the Charter Management Organization that was taken over a local public high school  George Washington Carver – on their policies and programs for the school. The C5  leaders began their journey by identifying issues… Read More

The Power of School Choice

    This piece was written by Shawnta Barnes May 1-5 is National Charter School Week.  This week highlights the power and benefits of choice. Marie A. Wright believes enacting this choice is not only a parent’s right but the reason her children have been academically successful and able to have access to great opportunities. Choice is not about sending all your children to a charter school over your boundary school. Choice is… Read More

My daughter’s voice mattered. Happy National Charter Schools Week!

When my daughter came home and told me that she didn’t like the food served at her school the first time, my initial thought was she was just being picky. After hearing her complain a few more times,  I suggested she write a letter to the founder of her charter school. Someone who has always encouraged the students to be independent thinkers. But I honestly didn’t think he would respond to my… Read More

TOPS Priority, But What Gets Cut?

TOPS is likely to be fully funded for the next fiscal year, which would be a delight to student recipients.  However,  this leaves many wondering where the overall budget will be cut to make room for a fully-funded program. “You can’t do this without having deep cuts elsewhere. They’ve got to tell us where the cuts are going to come.” Read more here 

Are we listening to student voices when it comes to success in education?

Over the past few weeks, education circles have received more volume of information with a greater complexity than they probably were prepared for. The question yet to be answered is are people in the circles listening? For example, are school board members engaging the families they were elected to represent in education issues? More importantly, are any of us listening to the children of this education movement? We’re 12 years post-Hurricane Katrina… Read More

Still a Ways to Go

Bill Quigley, law professor and contributor to the Huffington Post, details the NAACP’s moratorium on New Orleans’ charter schools until ongoing issues have been addressed to better the school environment for all charter students.  Among problems with accountability and transparency, many students also voiced their opinions about being educated in the charter schools. “We really wanted to share what happens in our schools. How the few permanent teachers we have work so… Read More

You Don’t Have to Stay or Repay

State Senator Jay Luneau proposed SB 110, which would require recipients of the TOPS award to remain in Louisiana for a few years after graduation or be faced with the penalty of repaying.  While SB 110 would keep talent in Louisiana, it did not go over well with many of Luneau’s colleagues. “We’re the ones who caused the problem in the first place by not having a business climate that creates jobs… Read More

Feeling Abandoned

  Maybe I’m just a parent who should stay in my lane and leave the business of education to the well-experienced professionals who do this for a living and make the best decisions they can for the benefit of the entire education system of New Orleans and particularly OPSB. Because obviously we don’t have all the details and we should trust the elected officials of the school board and the Superintendent that… Read More

Not Quite 100%

Four district-led schools will remain in the district for now but may become charter schools in the near future.  While Exceed charter group looked to take over the remaining schools, it has since withdrawn its application.  “New Orleans is unique, with the highest proportion of charter schools in the country. When and if the district sheds its last traditional responsibilities, it will set a national education landmark.” read more here