Author Archives: Leslie Jacobs

In the News – Amazing Recovery

New Orleans in the News Amazing Recovery The Recovery School District is remarkable for the gains it has made in student and school performance and also for the fact that state and district leaders have been so willing to give up operational power. Government agencies typically mushroom in size, not downsize, but the RSD has […]

In the News – BESE is Suing the Governor

Common Core: What’s Happening Now? Yesterday, BESE voted to challenge Jindal on Common Core by joining a lawsuit filed by several parents and teachers from Orleans, Baton Rouge and Ascension parishes and the Choice Foundation charter group. This lawsuit claims that Jindal has overstepped constitutional boundaries in his fight with BESE over contracts and tests. The governor responded by filing […]

PAR Common Core Commentary

The Public Affairs Research Council released an excellent summary of the pending crisis in student testing and school accountability and the role Governor Bobby Jindal has played in this state-manufactured crisis. Leadership and Crisis in Education In the fight over Common Core, Louisiana state government is failing its citizens and the governor is chiefly responsible […]

In the News – Summer News Updates

News on High School Performance New Orleans high school exam results, graduation rate near state average Since Katrina, New Orleans has gone from having the worst public schools in the state to performing close to the state average on high school End of Course exams. Eighty-six percent of students passed their tests, and 61% met […]

High School Performance

The state has released data on high school performance. The Really Good News New Orleans showed robust growth on the End of Course Tests (EOCs). New Orleans1 (OPSB & RSD) is 8th in improvement in the state, with 59% of students proficient (scoring Excellent or Good) compared to 52% in 2013. This is a jump of […]

In the News – Superintendent Search Stalled (again)

New Orleans Superintendent Search – Stalled In Orleans Parish schools, two years of drift, missed opportunities Stan Smith has been OPSB’s Interim Superintendent for two years, much longer than anyone expected, and longer than what is probably healthy for the district. The Times-Picayune spoke with academics, consultants and school officials, who all say the district is drifting […]

Cowen’s 2014 Poll: What Do Voters Think?

With the RSD becoming the first all charter district, there have been lots of assertions in the media about how New Orleanians view public education reforms. Tulane’s Cowen Institute recently released its 2014 opinion poll, and comparing these results with prior polls provides some insight based on survey results versus speculation. School Choice Voters generally think […]

Common Core: What happened last week?

Latest on Common Core – Round 2  Last week, Governor Bobby Jindal played to his national ambitions and announced his plans to take Louisiana out of Common Core and PARCC. The Louisiana Department of Education and the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) responded saying they plan to stay the course on Common Core and […]

Can the Governor Derail Common Core?

Common Core: Governor v. the People The Louisiana Legislature, the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education and the State Superintendent of Education have stood strong in support of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) tests. On June 6, after Gov. Jindal failed […]

California Tenure Laws Ruled Unconstitutional

A California judge has ruled that teacher tenure laws deprive students of their right to an education under the state Constitution. The decision hands teachers’ unions a major defeat in a landmark case, one that could radically alter how California teachers are hired and fired and prompt challenges to tenure laws in other states. In […]