Author Archives: Leslie Jacobs

In the News – January 12, 2013

A City of Possibility GOOD Magazine names New Orleans one of its Top 20 Cities of Possibility Times-Picayune – January 7, 2014 GOOD Magazine named New Orleans one of its Top 20 “Cities of Possibility.” GOOD measured “possibility” using criteria such as transportation, diversity, work/life balance, green space, and civic engagement. Atlanta was the only […]

New Orleans is Over 90% Charter

Educate Now! has reviewed the most recent enrollment data from the state. As of October 1: 91% of New Orleans students are in charter schools. Enrollment keeps increasing by around 1,500 students per year. New Orleans schools have grown more diverse since Katrina. New Orleans Enrollment Over Time October 1 Count (all students)* 2004-05 2009-10 […]

In the News: December 29, 2013

What’s Next for New Orleans? New Orleans will have an all-charter school district next year The Advocate – December 24, 2013 When the Recovery School District closes its last four direct-run schools at the end of this school year, it will become the nation’s first all-charter district. A.P. Tureaud and Benjamin Banneker are scheduled to […]

Voucher Performance Lacking

At least 45% of students in Louisiana’s voucher program last year attended D or F schools, according to the state. The state released scores for 22 of the 118 schools participating, and last year these schools enrolled 2,888 of the nearly 5,000 voucher students. The other schools had too few students at testing grades for […]

In the News: December 8, 2013

Transitioning to Common Core BESE backs changes to ease Common Core transition The Advocate – December 5, 2013 BESE approved the changes to accountability recommended by Superintendent White to soften the impact of moving to the Common Core and PARCC testing. For 2014 and 2015, schools will be graded on a curve, with the same […]

In the News: November 25, 2013

Best in the World National Geographic names New Orleans one of 20 top travel destinations in the world Times-Picayune – November 22, 2013 National Geographic Traveler magazine named New Orleans one of its 20 most recommended places to visit in the world for 2014. Only one other location in the United States, Rocky Mountain National […]

In the News: November 17, 2013

Educating City Hall At a recent City Council budget hearing, Mayor Landrieu’s budget director, Cary Grant, suggested that the council consider repurposing school board millages (property taxes) to pay for other city services. He said that the school board has “a huge fund balance” because their 44 mills pay for only 33 schools now, down […]

In the News – November 3, 2013

OneApp Begins OneApp 2014-15 opens Monday to accommodate selective New Orleans schools Times-Picayune – November 1, 2013 OneApp, the centralized enrollment program for New Orleans, begins Monday for the next school year. Almost all schools in the city (RSD direct- run and charter, Type 2 charters, OPSB direct-run, and some OPSB charters) are participating. Eleven […]

2013 School Performance Scores Released

New Orleans Gains Continue! I am amazed and awed by the continued academic improvement of our schools and students. In 8 years: New Orleans has gone from 62% of students attending failing schools to 5%. We have moved up in the state rankings from 67th to 38th. We have shown robust improvement on the ACT. […]

The Promise of Career Prep

This guest editorial appeared in the Times-Picayune, and I wanted to share it with you. Career prep can improve lives, aid local economy: Leslie Jacobs In New Orleans, less than half (48 percent) of African-American men of working age are employed – the rest are either out of work or out of the workforce. This […]