Author Archives: Leslie Jacobs

In the News – April 13, 2014

Smart New Orleans Smart Cities: New Orleans Tom Vander Ark of Getting Smart has named New Orleans one of its “Smart Cities.” Vander Ark says the combination of innovative schools, a focus on talent development and recruitment, investments in individualized learning, EdTech startups, and the entrepreneurial environment is improving student performance and empowering parents. The […]

Court Rules Schools Don’t Have to Return

By refusing to hear further appeal, the Louisiana Supreme Court has put an end to OPSB’s lawsuit against the state, which argued schools should be returned automatically to local control after five years if they are no longer failing. In 2010, BESE decided each charter board had the right to decide whether it wanted to […]

In the News – April 3, 2014

Breaking News … Panel rejects Jindal-backed bill to kill Common Core The House Education Committee has rejected two bills that would have effectively scrapped Common Core in Louisiana, even though both were supported by the governor. House Bill 381 would have required the state to draft new standards to replace Common Core. House Bill 558 […]

In the News – March 26, 2014

Common Core – Does it Cometh? Field-Testing Set to Begin on Common Core Exams National field-testing has begun on Common Core assessments. Over the next three weeks, more than 4 million students in 36 states, including Louisiana, will take new math and English language arts assessments from PARCC and Smarter Balanced. Results will be used […]

In the News: March 16, 2014

New York Should Look to New Orleans The Big Easy The New York Post believes Mayor Bill de Blasio should look to New Orleans to see how a school system based on choice and charters can boost achievement and reduce inequality. In New Orleans, says the Post, the emphasis is not on who is providing […]

In the News: March 4, 2014

Going All In New Orleans goes all in on charter schools. Is it showing the way? No other U.S. city has gone so far down the charter school path as New Orleans, where nine in ten students go to charters. The Christian Science Monitor examines the results so far, including our successes – 77.8% of […]

In the News: February 23, 2014

Looking to New Orleans New Orleans school reform could serve as model for KCPS KSHB Kansas City – February 17, 2014 The education think tank CEE-Trust has developed a plan for taking over Kansas City Public Schools (should the state of Missouri choose to intervene) that borrows heavily from New Orleans – decentralizing school control […]

In the News: February 11, 2014

Debate Over Discipline The Student-Led Backlash Against New Orleans Charter Schools The Atlantic – February 5, 2014 Meredith Simons believes that discipline policies at some New Orleans charters, specifically Collegiate Academies, are too strict and not in the best interest of the students or the community. Ms. Simons is a local KIPP elementary school teacher […]

In the News: January 28, 2014

New President for OPSB Q & A: Nolan Marshall Jr. says he aims to build consensus as OPSB president The Lens – January 21, 2014 Nolan Marshall, Jr. has been elected the new president of OPSB. Marshall says he wants to build consensus on the board rather than oversee conflict, and he wants to keep […]

Court Rules in Favor of Teachers Fired After Katrina

What does it mean for New Orleans schools? The appellate court recently issued a unanimous ruling in favor of the 7,000 OPSB employees (teachers and support workers) who were terminated in the aftermath of Katrina (Oliver vs. OPSB). Educate Now! has received lots of questions regarding the ruling and its impact on the continuing operation […]