Author Archives: Leslie Jacobs

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 […]

In the News – First All Charter District

First All-Charter District In New Orleans, major school district closes traditional public schools for good The Recovery School District is closing its last five traditionally run schools at the end of this year, which will make it the first all-charter district in the country. The story has received national coverage from The Washington Post, NPR, […]

Grades 3-8 Test Scores Are In

New Orleans Flat; State Flat The Louisiana Department of Education (LDE) has released the 2014 test scores for grades 3-8. The percent of students performing Basic or above remained unchanged from 2013. This is the first year since Katrina that New Orleans did not improve. The state average remained the same at 69% Basic or […]

In the News – OPSB Interviews New Candidates Today

Superintendent Search Continues Orleans Parish School Board considers former Jefferson Parish, Memphis superintendents for top job The Orleans Parish School Board is meeting Thursday to interview three new, more experienced candidates for superintendent. The additional finalists are: Kriner Cash, the former superintendent in Memphis, Veronica Conforme, the former chief operating officer of New York City […]

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 […]