Author Archives: Leslie Jacobs

Common Core Compromise Reached

Legislators and Superintendent John White have reached a compromise on a plan to move forward with Louisiana student standards and tests. Both sides of the Common Core debate will declare a victory with this compromise. For Common Core opponents: BESE will begin a review process of the standards and come up with proposed new/revised standards […]

NOT NOW – Say NO to HB 166

House Bill 166 (Rep. Bouie, D-New Orleans) passed the Education Committee by the slimmest of margins and will now go to the House for a vote. If enacted, HB 166 would require RSD New Orleans schools that are no longer failing to return to the Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB) as early as this fall. OPSB […]

New Orleans Celebrates Our Graduates

Friday was Senior Shout Out Day for all New Orleans public high schools to celebrate our 2,500 Seniors, 300 Colleges and $75 million in scholarships. It was a truly inspiring day with graduates from every public high school in attendance. Educate Now! congratulates and thanks the educators who impacted and helped shape these young people. […]

By the Numbers: Teacher Diversity

There has been a lot of talk about changes in teacher ethnicity since Katrina. Let’s take a look at the numbers. In 2012-13, the most recent year for which we have district data, the makeup of New Orleans teachers (OPSB + RSD) was 51% African-American, 45% white and 4% other. District African-American White Other RSD-NO […]

ICYMI: More N.O. families trying to get children into public schools

In Case You Missed It (ICYMI) … Your mini news clippings   More New Orleans families are trying to get their child into public school. Almost 4,000 new students applied through OneApp during its main round, a 22% increase from last year. Two thirds of families’ choices were outside their neighborhood zone. The second round […]

Personalized Learning is Gaining Traction in New Orleans

Sharing a commitment to ensuring all New Orleans students have a competitive edge in an innovation-based economy, New Schools for New Orleans (NSNO) and Educate Now! recently announced grants totaling $1.5 million to implement new, school-wide personalized learning programs in New Orleans public schools. Funding for these grants comes from both national and local sources, showing […]

ICYMI: The Atlantic looks at the Lost Children of Katrina

In Case You Missed It (ICYMI) … Your mini news clippings The Atlantic looks at the Lost Children of Katrina – the New Orleans children who spent years after Katrina in a nomadic exile that severely disrupted their education. In response to the latest CREDO study, Fortune Magazine says urban charter schools are succeeding – […]

By the Numbers: The Graduating Class of 2014

The state just released new data on cohort graduation rates and college enrollment rates. Continuing our By the Numbers series, Educate Now! takes a look at the class of 2014. THE GOOD NEWS 100% more students enrolled in college In 2005, only 675 Orleans Parish Public School graduates enrolled in a two or four year college the […]

ICYMI: A Week of Research

In Case You Missed It (ICYMI) … Your mini news clippings New Orleans Charters Outperform Charter schools in urban areas are outperforming traditionally operated public schools, according to CREDO’s latest report. CREDO has been studying charter school performance for a number of years. This latest study included 41 cities and found students in urban charters […]

News Alert: OPSB seeking interim to fill Ira Thomas’ seat

The Orleans Parish School Board is seeking an interim replacement for board member Ira Thomas. Thomas resigned Friday, March 6 upon being charged with taking a bribe. The school board has 10 business days to find a replacement to fill Thomas’ seat until a Special Election is called. They are hoping to appoint a qualified person […]