News Alert: Darryl Kilbert to Resign as OPSB Superintendent

Darryl Kilbert has announced that on June 30, 2012 he will be stepping down as Superintendent of Orleans Parish Schools due to health reasons.

For six years, Mr. Kilbert has served as Superintendent for the the Orleans Parish School Board, leading the small group of schools left to the OPSB after the state takeover post-Katrina. This now includes 17 schools – 11 charters and 6 traditional schools. In the years since Mr. Kilbert took over, the district’s financial position has gone from near-bankruptcy to earning a top-notch credit rating.

Mr. Kilbert said that he is resigning effective June 30 in order to focus on his health. “I have committed to our School Board that I would devote my full abilities and efforts to leading the district. And to be able to fully recover, I am not able to meet those commitments in a way that I feel necessary or that you deserve.”

For more on Darryl Kilbert’s tenure at the OPSB and his resignation, read this article in the Times-Picayune.

Educate Now! thanks Mr. Kilbert for his service to the OPSB, our schools, and our children.

In the News: A Clipping Service – April 16, 2012

In this edition of In the News:

  • Louisiana Makes National Headlines
  • Charters in the News
  • A Question of Discrimination
  • More on Louisiana Education Reforms
  • Local Stories

Louisiana Makes National Headlines

La. School Choice Options Expand After Sweeping Education Overhaul
Education Week – April 13, 2012
Education Week examines Louisiana’s education reform legislation and calls it “one of the most exhaustive education overhauls of any state in the country.” The magazine looks at the implications of the new laws and how these reforms compare to efforts made by other states. Continue reading

In the News: A Clipping Service – April 2, 2012

In this edition of In the News:

  • Economic Success of New Orleans
  • Legislative Update
  • What Does the Public Think?
  • Other Louisiana Stories
  • National News
  • Closer to Home

Economic Success of New Orleans

Economic Recession and Recovery in America’s 100 Largest Metropolitan Areas
Brookings Institution – March 2012
Brookings has named Greater New Orleans one of the “20 Strongest Performing Metros” in the nation based on the strength of our economic recovery. Brookings looked at the 100 largest metropolitan areas, and New Orleans’ job growth and gains in economic output placed our city in their top 20.  Continue reading