Author Archives: Leslie Jacobs

ICYMI: In Other News

In Case You Missed It (ICYMI) … Your mini news clippings BESE President Chas Roemer, one of the state’s top backers of Common Core, said he will not seek a third term. All eight elected BESE seats will be on the ballot October 24. Each seat has drawn multiple candidates, and the candidates have sharply […]

Thank A Teacher!

It’s true! New Orleans has seen dramatic improvements in student performance over the last ten years. These gains wouldn’t have been possible without the hard work and tireless dedication of our teachers.   Show your support for New Orleans teachers by sharing this email with your friends or uploading this Thank You message to Facebook […]

National Coverage of New Orleans K-12 Education Ten Years After Katrina

The 10th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina generated extensive national coverage of New Orleans K-12 education reforms. Excerpt from President Obama’s speech “Working together, we’ve transformed education in this city. Before the storm, New Orleans public schools were largely broken, leaving generations of low-income kids without a decent education. Today, thanks to parents and educators, school leaders, nonprofits, […]

NY Magazine counters NY Times

Supt. John White is not the only one to take exception to the New York Times op-ed. Jonathan Chait wrote a great piece for New York Magazine‘s called How New Orleans Proved Urban Education Reform Can Work. And Peter Cook provides a detailed fact check on the op-ed.

An open letter from State Supt. John White

In response to a recent New York Times op-ed that was filled with inaccuracies, State Superintendent John White has written An Open Letter to Supporters of New Orleans Schools and Children. It’s worth the read!  

By the Numbers: Student and School Performance

This fall, Louisiana’s Department of Education will release new baseline scores for schools and for student performance. As we move to the new academic standards, Educate Now! will no longer use 2005 as a comparison point. Instead, our new baseline will be the 2014-15 school year. It’s time to focus on what’s next for New […]

ICYMI: Let’s Fact Check

In Case You Missed It (ICYMI) … Your mini news clippings Fact Checking the New Orleans Reforms Last week, Tulane University’s Education Research Alliance (ERA) published its findings on New Orleans’ student and school academic performance since Katrina. Their research showed that a typical school student’s scores rose by 8 to 15 percentage points. “Even […]

By the Numbers: Who Is Leading Our Schools?

By the Numbers: Who is Leading Our Schools? There has been a lot of talk – from both friends and foes of New Orleans K-12 Ed Reform – about outsiders coming in to run the schools. So, Educate Now! surveyed every OPSB and RSD school, direct run and charter, to get a profile of who […]

N.O.’s Expulsion Rate Below State Average

New Orleans’ Expulsion Rate is Below the State Average In 2014-15, the Student Hearing Office worked with schools, students, and advocates to refine expulsion policies for New Orleans. Discipline conferences are now used as an intervention prior to expulsion and are keeping more students in school. Additionally, student offenses are tiered based on severity of […]

ICYMI: 5 Things to Know About NCLB

In Case You Missed It (ICYMI) … Your mini news clippings National Stories Here are 5 Things to Know about House-Senate efforts to replace No Child Left Behind. Indianapolis is looking at increasing school autonomy as a way to improve its public schools. Chris Barbic, who is stepping down as superintendent of Tennessee’s Achievement School […]