Author Archives: Leslie Jacobs

ICYMI: A Week of Research

In Case You Missed It (ICYMI) … Your mini news clippings New Orleans Charters Outperform Charter schools in urban areas are outperforming traditionally operated public schools, according to CREDO’s latest report. CREDO has been studying charter school performance for a number of years. This latest study included 41 cities and found students in urban charters […]

News Alert: OPSB seeking interim to fill Ira Thomas’ seat

The Orleans Parish School Board is seeking an interim replacement for board member Ira Thomas. Thomas resigned Friday, March 6 upon being charged with taking a bribe. The school board has 10 business days to find a replacement to fill Thomas’ seat until a Special Election is called. They are hoping to appoint a qualified person […]

ICYMI: Common Core Heating Up

In Case You Missed It (ICYMI) … Your mini news clippings Common Core Heats Up: Students take the tests in March, and we will see how many parents opt out. BESE meets tomorrow to discuss a common core compromise, including reviewing the standards, freezing school letter grades, and delaying use of test results in teacher […]

ICYMI: Expulsions drop 39% in RSD

In Case You Missed It (ICYMI) … Your mini news clippings Fewer students are being expelled from New Orleans public schools. RSD schools saw a 39% decrease in the first half of 2014-15 compared to the same time last year, and the citywide average is down 21%. Educate Now! agrees with the Times-Picayune that this news […]

By the Numbers: High School Performance 2005 vs. 2014

p The state just released the 2014 ACT scores for public schools. Continuing our By the Numbers series, Educate Now! takes a look at high school performance. ACT Performance New Orleans has seen strong gains since 2005. The growth in ACT scores comes even as the percentage of seniors taking the test has increased significantly. […]

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ICYMI … Your mini news clippings Common Core update: Some parents in Lafayette are threatening to boycott the PARCC tests scheduled for March 16-20. Governor Jindal wants BESE to offer these parents an alternative, but that appears highly unlikely. Henderson Lewis’ selection as superintendent marks a new chapter for the Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB). […]

New Orleans by the Numbers: Public School Enrollment

Educate Now! looks at the public school student enrollment over the past ten years – from October 1, 2004 (the last data before Katrina) to this school year. The Highlights Schools are serving a more ethnically diverse student population. Enrollment Citywide A higher percentage of students are economically disadvantaged*. 

OPSB Selects Superintendent

ICYMI … Your mini news clippings The Orleans Parish School Board has selected a new superintendent, Henderson Lewis, Jr. Want to know more about him? Read his 180 day plan. The school board also elected Seth Bloom as President and Cynthia Cade as Vice President. In this letter to the editor, the Southern Poverty Law […]

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ICYMI … Your mini news clippings For an insightful view of the charter school debate, read this Forbes commentary. The author, an economist, cites strong evidence from numerous studies that charters are better at educating poor students and black students than regular public schools. They are not as good for non-urban schools and white students. His main […]

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ICYMI … Your mini news clippings Thrillist website named metro New Orleans the #1 food city in America, and travel publication Rough Guides named New Orleans the #3 destination in the world, beginning with a Bob Dylan quote, “There are a lot of places I like, but I like New Orleans better.” Educate Now! agrees. Lagniappe Academies changed […]