Author Archives: Leslie Jacobs

ICYMI – New Orleans Schools Have Dramatically Improved

In Case You Missed It (ICYMI) … Your mini news clippings The academic performance of New Orleans public schools and students has improved dramatically in the decade since Hurricane Katrina, according to the Cowen Institute’s 2015 State of Public Education in New Orleans (SPENO). These gains were also highlighted at a recent three-day conference sponsored by Tulane […]

ICYMI: Changes for New Orleans Charters

Sen. Claitor’s SB 267 is awaiting the governor’s signature. The bill will result in a number of changes for charters across the state, but it will have a significant impact on how New Orleans charters are funded. Changing How Charters Are Funded The MFP uses a weighted student formula, recognizing some students are more expensive […]

Great Story: New Normal in New Orleans Public Schools

This article captures the spirit of the unique way New Orleans’ system of schools is working. Enjoy. New Orleans Has Developed a New Normal in Education  

ICYMI: 10th Anniversary Data Available on DOE Website

In Case You Missed It (ICYMI) … Your mini news clipping The Louisiana Department of Education has created a special webpage with information on RSD and OPSB schools from 2004 to the present. 10 Years After Hurricane Katrina: The New Orleans Education Landscape Today includes analyses and data on enrollment and demographics, academic outcomes, high school […]

ICYMI: HB 166 (Bouie) Defeated

In Case You Missed It (ICYMI) … Your mini news clipping HB 166 (Bouie) Defeated The Louisiana House of Representatives defeated HB 166 (Bouie) return of schools 33-61. The Times-Picayune would agree with this decision. State Headlines A District Court ruled BESE’s funding of type 2 charters in the MFP is constitutional. The judge said Type 2 charter schools […]

Common Core Compromise Reached

Legislators and Superintendent John White have reached a compromise on a plan to move forward with Louisiana student standards and tests. Both sides of the Common Core debate will declare a victory with this compromise. For Common Core opponents: BESE will begin a review process of the standards and come up with proposed new/revised standards […]

NOT NOW – Say NO to HB 166

House Bill 166 (Rep. Bouie, D-New Orleans) passed the Education Committee by the slimmest of margins and will now go to the House for a vote. If enacted, HB 166 would require RSD New Orleans schools that are no longer failing to return to the Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB) as early as this fall. OPSB […]

New Orleans Celebrates Our Graduates

Friday was Senior Shout Out Day for all New Orleans public high schools to celebrate our 2,500 Seniors, 300 Colleges and $75 million in scholarships. It was a truly inspiring day with graduates from every public high school in attendance. Educate Now! congratulates and thanks the educators who impacted and helped shape these young people. […]

By the Numbers: Teacher Diversity

There has been a lot of talk about changes in teacher ethnicity since Katrina. Let’s take a look at the numbers. In 2012-13, the most recent year for which we have district data, the makeup of New Orleans teachers (OPSB + RSD) was 51% African-American, 45% white and 4% other. District African-American White Other RSD-NO […]

ICYMI: More N.O. families trying to get children into public schools

In Case You Missed It (ICYMI) … Your mini news clippings   More New Orleans families are trying to get their child into public school. Almost 4,000 new students applied through OneApp during its main round, a 22% increase from last year. Two thirds of families’ choices were outside their neighborhood zone. The second round […]