Author Archives: Leslie Jacobs

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 […]

Charter Schools Help Improve Special Education in New Orleans

This guest editorial appeared in the Times-Picayune, and I wanted to share it with you. Charter Schools Help Improve Special Education in New Orleans: Leslie Jacobs In fourth grade, James, a special needs student at John Dibert Charter School, was struggling academically and behaviorally. He was making daily trips to the dean’s office for disruptive […]

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ICYMI … Your mini news clippings Arnie Duncan at the BGR luncheon: New Orleans is an inspiration. The Economist profiles New Orleans: Revolution and innovation in some of America’s toughest neighborhoods. MLK voted to return to OPSB. RSD, OPSB and the Southern Poverty Law Center near a settlement on the special education lawsuit. OPSB resumes […]

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In the news (or mini news clippings..ICYMI) Senator Vitter just did a 180 on Common Core. Stand for Children urges you to express your disappointment with Senator Vitter. BESE renews/extends the charters of one-fourth of schools, although Martin Luther King Jr. Charter School is not happy about their OneApp reprimand. In this op-ed, RSD Superintendent Patrick […]

Schools Need Your Help

Times-Picayune and Gambit have both come out in support of the school facility millage on December 6th. Before the flood, many schools in New Orleans were old and in deplorable shape because of years of deferred maintenance. There was no dedicated stream of revenue for repairs. It would be a terrible waste to allow that to happen again […]

News Alert: Supreme Court Dismisses Fired Teacher Lawsuit

The Louisiana Supreme Court has dismissed the lawsuit by OPSB teachers and staff who said they were illegally terminated after Hurricane Katrina. Read more in this Times-Picayune article. And for those who are interested, the ruling contains a very good summary of the events post Katrina.  

2014 School Scores Released

School Performance Scores Released 2013-14 a stand still year New Orleans hit the pause button this year. After 7 years of robust growth in school performance, 2013-14 remained flat.  Variability in School Scores While overall city performance was unchanged, individual school scores varied a great deal from 2013 to 2014. Of the 63 schools that […]