The Problem We Still Live With

“Is this to be one of the desegregated schools?” a New Orleans teacher asked. “Yes it is,” the superintendent replied. “Would that make any difference?” We had no idea what a difference it would make. In 1932 a child by the name of Barbara Henry was born. She would eventually get tutelage in her early years from the Girls Latin School of Boston—an experience she said taught her to “appreciate and enjoy our… Read More

How to Play the Political Game: Putting the Interest of Kids First

Education is so political and all about personal gain. The only time representatives come around to speak to parents is election time—and when I say come around, I mean they make appearances at schools their friends’ children attend. It’s a struggle to make sure your child receives the best education possible when they are in public schools. Why is it that individuals who don’t have any ties with public schools, or to… Read More

Gathering the Pieces in New Orleans, There Is Work to Be Done

The air was so thick, you could have cut it with a knife. My heart beat rapidly within my chest. My anticipation grew and my expectations were high as I waited to hear just the right set of words. Earlier this month, the United Negro College Fund held a candidate forum for the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education district elections. Election day is on October 24. The first panel consisted… Read More

Valuing a Connection Beyond the Classroom

Mrs. Turner. Mrs. Brinkley. Mr. Falcone. Ms. Breaux. Coach Dixon. Mr. Ussin. Mr. Cooke. I can recall teachers who have helped to shape my life. Along with my family and key male figures on my block, I am thankful for them. My first-grade teacher, Sister Ann Joachim, still teaches in New Orleans. I am 42 years young. I can still visit her and recall great memories of my childhood. I can remember… Read More

No Matter What, New Orleans’ Educators Press Forward

Saturday marked the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. People have been quick to talk about education in New Orleans after the storm, and to the extent that it fosters learning and progress, that’s a conversation that matters. New Orleans’ educators have been working hard for their students, before and after Katrina. And because of that hard work, we’ve seen progress in the last decade. From graduation rates to ACT scores to college… Read More

Here’s What I Want to See in the #Next10: Schools That Live in the Reality of the Children We Hope to Educate

I was asked a question, a very good question the other day. The question was “What do you want to see in the next 10 years regarding education in New Orleans?” The answer is very simple yet very complex. What I need to see is a foundation that listens to the people who are actually impacted. I want to see schools that are modern with up-to-date pools, gyms with up-to-date equipment, laboratories,… Read More

This Edna Karr Graduate Learned to Persevere From New Orleans Teachers and Schools

My name is Jabari Walters and I am a recent New Orleans high school graduate, soon to be LSU undergrad. For most of my life, I never thought I would leave New Orleans or go to college. But my teachers saw things in me that I never saw in myself. With their help, I learned what it means to persevere. I am the fourth of five children in my family that grew… Read More

Building a Movement for Black Male Achievement

This weekend distinguished gentleman wearing crimson and cream will flood the streets of The Crescent City as the New Orleans Alumni chapter welcomes the 82nd Grand Chapter Conclave Celebration of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. The weekend kicked off with what David Johns, Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans called the most important conversation of the weekend. While others called it, One of the most relevant… Read More

The Need for an Intersectional Education Reform Movement

We can’t go any further without addressing intersectionality in education reform. Over the past few years, images of violence against black people have dominated twitter feeds, air waves, and news segments across the country. Young people are increasingly becoming witness to real life public examples that they are not valued and that they do not matter. Just in the past month, we have mourned the nine lives whose last moments in a… Read More