Author Archives: Leslie Jacobs

TEDxNew Orleans Conference: Watch It!

Videos from the recent TEDxNewOrleans Conference are now available online. This TEDx conference showcased a wide range of perspectives on Katrina and the changes we’ve seen in the New Orleans region since the storm. It was a powerful day, and Educate Now! encourages you check out the videos below. Speakers Mentioning Education Jay Altman – The Charter […]

2015 ACT Scores: New Orleans Improves More than State

ACT Scores Continue to Rise Highlights New Orleans improved more than the state. New Orleans’ composite ACT score improved from 18.4 to 18.8, a gain of 0.4 points, while the state improved from 19.2 to 19.4, a gain of 0.2 points. More New Orleans students have TOPS-qualifying ACT scores. 63% of the senior class scored […]

ICYMI: 10th Anniversary Coverage Begins

In Case You Missed It (ICYMI) … Your mini news clippings Seattle’s Center for Reinventing Public Education invited education leaders from New Orleans to share their ideas about what’s next for New Orleans public schools. New Orleans: A City that Works – Together with FirstLine CEO Jay Altman Building a Strong Teacher Pipeline for Tomorrow’s […]

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 […]