Author Archives: Leslie Jacobs

ICYMI: Catching Up

In Case You Missed It (ICYMI) … Your mini news clippings Katrina Anniversary Coverage There was a lot of national media coverage of New Orleans K-12 education reform during the Katrina 10 anniversary week. Educate Now! has posted a list of national stories about New Orleans K-12 education from the week (or so) before the […]

Kudos to OPSB

OPSB took a huge step forward last week by passing a strong charter school policy (Policy HA). Policy HA was needed because OPSB did not have clear and consistent rules governing charter school operations. As a result, some OPSB charters participate in the city’s common enrollment system; others do not. Some provide transportation; others do […]

2015 EOC Results – New Orleans ties the state!

  New Orleans high school performance on End-of-Course tests (EOCs) continues to improve. New Orleans citywide, including Type 2 charters, is now performing at the state average. New Orleans is the 5th most improved district in the state. OPSB and RSD-NO combined is in the top 50% statewide and is ranked of #31 out of […]

ICYMI: In Other News

In Case You Missed It (ICYMI) … Your mini news clippings BESE President Chas Roemer, one of the state’s top backers of Common Core, said he will not seek a third term. All eight elected BESE seats will be on the ballot October 24. Each seat has drawn multiple candidates, and the candidates have sharply […]

Thank A Teacher!

It’s true! New Orleans has seen dramatic improvements in student performance over the last ten years. These gains wouldn’t have been possible without the hard work and tireless dedication of our teachers.   Show your support for New Orleans teachers by sharing this email with your friends or uploading this Thank You message to Facebook […]

National Coverage of New Orleans K-12 Education Ten Years After Katrina

The 10th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina generated extensive national coverage of New Orleans K-12 education reforms. Excerpt from President Obama’s speech “Working together, we’ve transformed education in this city. Before the storm, New Orleans public schools were largely broken, leaving generations of low-income kids without a decent education. Today, thanks to parents and educators, school leaders, nonprofits, […]

NY Magazine counters NY Times

Supt. John White is not the only one to take exception to the New York Times op-ed. Jonathan Chait wrote a great piece for New York Magazine‘s called How New Orleans Proved Urban Education Reform Can Work. And Peter Cook provides a detailed fact check on the op-ed.

An open letter from State Supt. John White

In response to a recent New York Times op-ed that was filled with inaccuracies, State Superintendent John White has written An Open Letter to Supporters of New Orleans Schools and Children. It’s worth the read!  

By the Numbers: Student and School Performance

This fall, Louisiana’s Department of Education will release new baseline scores for schools and for student performance. As we move to the new academic standards, Educate Now! will no longer use 2005 as a comparison point. Instead, our new baseline will be the 2014-15 school year. It’s time to focus on what’s next for New […]

ICYMI: Let’s Fact Check

In Case You Missed It (ICYMI) … Your mini news clippings Fact Checking the New Orleans Reforms Last week, Tulane University’s Education Research Alliance (ERA) published its findings on New Orleans’ student and school academic performance since Katrina. Their research showed that a typical school student’s scores rose by 8 to 15 percentage points. “Even […]