Should Security Officers Be Used In NOLA Schools? YES, If They Are Anything Like Officer Gross.

The presence of law enforcement within schools can perpetuate the school-to-prison pipeline and other inequities faced by inner-city schools that primarily serve black students. But if you are lucky enough to have the presence of a school guard like Officer Gross, then you have a precious gem on your hands and she’s worth highlighting as we celebrate Women’s History Month. During Black History month, we spend so much time rallying around the… Read More

Looking ahead with optimism, yet asking questions

  For the year ahead, I am optimistic and excited about educational gains moving forward in my city and state. A movement for getting more parents engaged is slowly picking up steam in my community and a gradual move is better than none at all. Citizens are starting to join in on the conversations surrounding issues that affect our kids’ future. Educators, mentors, support staff and administrators are finding their niche in… Read More

I didn’t come to New Orleans to change the world, I came to change my world

Hurricane Katrina unfolded via radio and television for me on my younger brother’s 10th birthday.  While home from college, I dropped him off at school with cupcakes for his class and a close listen to what was happening on the Gulf Coast via The Tom Joyner Morning Show.  Listeners from New Orleans and surrounding areas were calling in to share if they “would ride it out” or not.  Little did they know…… Read More