In the News: A Clipping Service – November 1, 2010

In this edition of In the News:

  • Thank You Bob Schieffer!
  • Comment on Pastorek’s School Governance Plan
  • National School Reform Highlights
  • Strengthening the Pipeline from School to College
  • Local Education News
  • Announcing 3 Winners of Educate Now!’s Share to Win Competition

Thank You Bob Schieffer!

Schieffer on New Orleans’ Progress
CBS News
– October 24, 2010
Advertising you can’t buy: Bob Schieffer talks about one of his favorite cities – New Orleans.

Comment on Pastorek’s School Governance Plan

BESE is Accepting Online Comments on School Governance
The Times-Picayune
– October 22, 2010
Between now and November 22, anyone who wants to comment on Superintendent Pastorek’s plan to return RSD schools to local OPSB control can do so on BESE’s website. Educate Now! encourages everyone to review the plan and weigh in on this important issue.
View Pastorek’s plan.
View comments or submit your own
.

National School Reform Highlights

Early Grades Become the New Front in Absenteeism Wars
Education Week
– October 14, 2010
Research is beginning to show that the start of elementary school is the critical time to prevent truancy. An average of one in ten students younger than grade 3 nationwide is considered chronically absent, with the problem being particularly acute with poor students.

Study of Montgomery County Schools Shows Benefits of Economic Integration
The Washington Post
- October 14, 2010
Low-income students perform better when they attended affluent elementary schools instead of ones with higher concentrations of poverty, which suggests economic integration might be a powerful but neglected school-reform tool.

Seven Popular Social and Character Development Programs Show No Impact
National Center for Education Research
– October 2010
A new study looks at seven popular social and character development programs and finds no overall improvement in students’ social and emotional competence, behaviors, academic performance, or student and teacher perceptions of school climate.

Strengthening the Pipeline from School to College

College Success for All: How the Hidalgo Independent School District Is Adopting Early College as a District-Wide Strategy
Jobs for the Future
– October 2010
The Hidalgo Independent School District is located in one of the most economically depressed areas of the country with one of the lowest numbers of college-educated adults. But this past June, 95% of the district’s class of 2010 graduated high school with college credits.

Getting a Kid from Newark to Oberlin
The Wall Street Journal
– October 30, 2010
Three lessons from a high-performing charter school network for low-income students: 1) great teaching trumps demography; 2) urban school districts must act like Silicon Valley, not the car industry; and 3) mindset matters most.

South Must Build New Economy Through Education, Report Says
Education Week
– October 26, 2010
The percentage of young adults obtaining at least a two-year degree in many southern states lags behind not only U.S. averages, but also behind those of many foreign nations. A new report called “State of the South 2010” examines where students in different southern states fall out of the pipeline from high school to college.

Local Education News

Surveying the Public High School Landscape in New Orleans
The Cowen Institute
– October 28, 2010
Tulane’s Cowen Institute has released a detailed report on the current state of public high schools in New Orleans. It compares the performance of OPSB charters, OPSB direct-run schools, RSD charters and RSD direct run schools, and it looks at the extent to which they are preparing our students for college and careers.

School Board to Sue Over Control Of Charters
The Times-Picayune
– October 27, 2010
The Orleans Parish School Board says it should be allowed to authorize and oversee new charters, but the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education disagrees, saying OPSB is still a district in Academic Crisis.

New Orleans Special Needs Students File Federal Lawsuit Against Louisiana Department of Education
The Times-Picayune
– October 29, 2010
Ten special needs students have filed a class action lawsuit in federal court alleging that the New Orleans public schools are discriminating against them because of their disabilities. They are not asking for financial compensation, just that schools comply with federal law.

Announcing 3 Winners of Educate Now!’s Share to Win Competition

Three schools to receive $1,000 each from Educate Now!
Educate Now! is pleased to announce the three schools chosen by the winners of the  Share to Win competition are: Edward Hynes Charter School, Langston Hughes Academy and Lusher Charter Elementary School. Each school will receive a $1,000 donation from Educate Now! Read more about the contest winners and why they chose to support these schools.

3 Comments

  1. Posted November 2, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Permalink

    I do not feel that returning our schools to the OPSB or that continuing with RSD is an option. Both entities are too large.

  2. Adrian Higginbotham
    Posted November 2, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Permalink

    As a former teacher for OPSB, I always felt the there were too many schools for one governing body such as OPSB to control and be successful. If it could be broken down into several smaller governing bodies, maybe eastbank/westbank or even smaller groups, I think the chance of being successfull would be greater. There still needs to be accountability for schools and for teachers. Not all teachers were being effective in Orleans and these people continued to “hang on” partly due to the teacher’s union that protected these people. I worked for a short period of time in the St. Charles Parish school system and felt it was extremely efficient and school performance scores were high and students received the education and services that they are entitled to. Again, it is a smaller system. Administrators in the central office knew the teachers and staff in all of the schools and were available to help. I would like to see a local governing body with people who are interested in continuing to improve the quality of our schools, but who are local people from this area. Again, one huge governing body as we had before Katrina did not seem to work.

  3. charter school victim
    Posted November 2, 2010 at 2:59 pm | Permalink

    I am a concerned citizen, taxpayer, father, and educator. Education is the foundation success. The state of education in New Orleans is at a volatile level. A few decisions could drastically effect not just education but the entire society of New Orleans. In our beloved democratic nation, any committee member that serves for a public institution should be decided on by an election process. All schools whether in the Recovery School District (RSD) or charter operated needs to have an oversight committee that is controlled elected members from the area which they serve. Therefore every school should have some oversight committee that is a direct reflection of the people whom they serve. All the problems that made the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) create the Recovery School District (RSD) have now been fixed and all the New Orleans Parish Schools Board (NOPS) are excelling at a rate much higher than RSD operated schools. The mandated 5 year term is almost over and the RSD project is a failure. The Louisiana Legislature created the Recovery School District (RSD) to rehabilitate failed schools controlled by Orleans Parish School Board, but who will rehabilitate the failed schools that is now controlled by the Recovery School District (RSD)? To ensure success for all children that reside in New Orleans, we must have one organization that parents and the community can hold accountable. That place should be the New Orleans Parish School Board.

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