Pain, Anger, and Confusion at the NAACP Hearing on Quality Education in New Orleans

This story was written by Josh Stewart with Citizen Ed The NAACP’s nation-touring ‘education task force‘ recently held their penultimate (6th of 7) hearing on quality education in New Orleans. The hearing, which took place on April 6th in the City Council Chambers, ended up serving as a venting session for a community that is clearly hurting and seemed ready to pounce on the historic civil rights organization’s education panel. Alice Huffman on… Read More

2.00 Dollar Dream

Karriem A. Bennett with the Hechinger Report, posted a young scholars letter addressed to Louisiana Rep. Nancy Landry after receiving her two dollar scholarship award from TOPS. My name is Karriem Bennett, and I am a graduating senior of the class of 2017. I am also a registered voter. I was one that was counting on TOPS to assist me with the high cost of tuition. I worked hard all through high… Read More

Get Up, Stand Up and Take the OPSB Survey

  “Get up, stand up, stand up for your rights. Get up, stand up, don’t give up the fight.” A melodic invitation by Bob Marley to civic participation. A wake up call to notice what is right in front of us even though we either don’t see it or choose not to see it in the hope it will just fix itself. But we know better. Issues don’t delete themselves, in fact… Read More

NAACP Hearing on Quality Education held in New Orleans

  Monique Judge with the Root writes about how the NAACP is hosting the sixth of seven hearings discussing the impact of charter schools on underfunded school districts. “In the African-American community and America broadly, public education represents sacred institutions built upon the blood, sweat and tears of our forebears—left as a legacy for today’s school children,” NAACP President and CEO Cornell William Brooks. read more here  

With Betsy Devos on the Frontline, How Can Education Make America Great Again?

  For quite some time now, I’ve struggled with wrapping my brain around just what is going on in our country as it relates to the Trump Administration. Seriously struggling. And while Twitter memes and SNL skits have made it amusing, as I assume responsibility for the high school students I serve each day, I am quickly reminded that this is no laughing matter. There is nothing funny about what is taking… Read More

A Strong School Culture Relies on a Strong Principal

  The feeling during the summer before a new school year begins is very different than the one felt by teachers and school staff the subsequent spring. But, despite the burnout and the frustration, someone needs to be the force that students and staff look to for both support and guidance. Someone needs to be the glue that holds all systems in place and keep them afloat. That someone should be the… Read More

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