Author Archives: Leslie Jacobs

Who’s Going to College

Who’s Going to College? A new report from the Louisiana Department of Education shows how many students from the class of 2012 enrolled in college after high school. For the Class of 2012 (OPSB & RSD combined): 58% of graduates enrolled in college right after high school. By the fall of 2013, college enrollment went […]

In the News – May 13th

Superintendent Search Struggles Orleans School Board to continue superintendent search this month OPSB is planning another round of interviews with new applicants for the school superintendent position. The board interviewed an initial group of four finalists in March but never voted to bring any of them back for a follow up. Stan Smith has served […]

In the News – Cause for Celebration

New Orleans Students Are College Bound New Orleans public school seniors celebrate acceptances to college Great news from New Orleans high schools! Ninety-five percent of seniors will graduate this spring (compared to only 79% in 2005), and so far 2,500 seniors have received college acceptances from more than 345 colleges and earned $53 million in […]

In the News – Let Charters Succeed

Let Public Charters Succeed Let public charter schools succeed: Column In this USA Today column, Neerav Kingsland of New Schools for New Orleans argues that attacks against successful charter schools, like those in Illinois, are really an attack on parents who want a different option because their neighborhood school has failed them. Kingsland says that […]

In the News – New Orleans Named a “Smart City”

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 3rd

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 […]

Do as I said … Not as I say: Common Core and PARCC

Word on the street is that the Governor is supporting efforts to stop the use of PARCC tests next year, and he might even show up at the House Education Committee to testify. PARCC, which stands for the Partnership for Assessment Readiness for College and Careers, has worked for 4 years with states, school districts, […]

In the News – Does Common Core Cometh?

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 – New York Should Look to New Orleans

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 […]