Columbus Day is coming and I just can’t

By Tanzi West Barbour Monday is a holiday for some. According to the calendar, it’s Columbus Day. Thinking about this day as someone who is part Native American, and its historical context reminded me of a conversation I had with one of my son’s teachers at the beginning of this school year concerning the social studies objectives for the class. “It’s all focused on European history,” I told him. “Where is his history?”… Read More

College or Bust? Ed Reformers Should Offer More Choices.

  This blog was sparked by an article from the Hechinger Report, After Decades of Pushing Bachelor’s Degrees, U.S. needs more Tradespeople.  Reading this article made me subsequently begin my mind to churning and thinking about the way I have seen education play out over the recent years. Let’s just be practical about this debate. Among almost all of us, we know a handful of people who owe student loans whether they… Read More

Brandon Caples is in the Game

  Brandon Caples is a twenty-something Orleans Parish public schools graduate who represents the next generation of education advocate. He is a millennial who is just breaking into the field of education justice, working with whatever organization he can to get the work done. He wants every child to get the best education available, and he’s willing to play his part in making this happen.  In fact, he reminds me of when… Read More

Big Money for Literacy

Louisiana will receive $55.5 million for literacy programs for students who are in need of more assistance.  The money will be distributed over the course of three years and will focus on literacy from birth through grade 12. “The ability to read is crucial to a young student’s eventual success. Funding literacy programs like these and taking other legislative action, which includes addressing dyslexia, will help students reach their full potential.” Read… Read More

School Choice Sacrifices

School choice often brings very early school mornings that begin with long bus rides.  Despite the sacrifice of sleep and extended travel time to school, the payoff is quite often worth it for many parents and students.  For other parents, it can prove to be challenging if they want their children to attend closer schools that happen to be high-demand schools. “I’ve seen many times we’ve come out here to the bus… Read More

New Schools for New Orleans Board Addition

Former federal prosecutor, Kenneth Polite, joins the New Schools for New Orleans board.  The education reform group looks to provide education to bring children out of poverty.  “We need to have a young workforce that is properly trained and educated to take those opportunities and run with it.” Read more here

Hope Breakfast

InspireNOLA Charter Schools and Senator Troy Carter partnered to host the second annual Unity of Hope Breakfast.  The event coupled community leaders to support students returning to school for the year. “Young people face particular challenges today and need the support of the community to stay focused on education. Seeing city and area leaders at the event showed the students how important academics are to their future.” Read more here

After the Little Rock Nine

When Little Rock, Arkansas schools reopened in 1959, a year after the Little Rock Nine entered Central High School, Sybil Hampton enrolled at Central High School as a 10th grader.  Dr. Sybil Hampton now recalls her experience and her hope for current students.   “I would love to see every child in our community be in a school setting with teachers and other adults who believe that they are important, that they… Read More

The Forgotten Students? How DACA Affects our Non-Black Students

We talk and write about our African American students a lot.  We focus on the city’s racial and cultural shifts over the last 17 years, our kids’ overexposure to trauma and violence, their impoverished communities and other challenges faced and how our city’s faulty educational system tries to address them.  Little time is spent addressing the needs of our students who aren’t African American. I, too, am guilty of this. In the… Read More

The Equity Index and its future

As someone trained in policy and data interpretation, I’m excited about the recently released New Orleans Education Equity Index. The index data was compiled by several local organizations, and led by the Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights (LCCR) and the Orleans Public Education Network (OPEN).  The index uses data indicators such as teacher experience, student expenditures, transportation, and suspensions to bring together data that will help community organizations and leaders construct a… Read More