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The Louisiana Department of Education has created a special webpage with information on RSD and OPSB schools from 2004 to the present. 10 Years After Hurricane Katrina: The New Orleans Education Landscape Today includes analyses and data on enrollment and demographics, academic outcomes, high school performance, African-American student performance, students with disabilities, school facilities and ensuring equitable access for all students.
Congratulations to the class of 2015! Watch highlights from the second annual Senior Shout Out, a celebration of the 2,500 New Orleans seniors who received $75 million in scholarships and are going to over 300 colleges and universities.
The Times-Picayune takes a comprehensive look at changes in special education since Katrina, beginning with An introduction, and continuing with What happened after the storm?, One child learns to love school, Graduation rates rise and other successes, Problems that remain, and Is there life after high school?
In Case You Missed It (ICYMI) … Your mini news clipping
HB 166 (Bouie) Defeated
The Louisiana House of Representatives defeated HB 166 (Bouie) return of schools 33-61. The Times-Picayune would agree with this decision.
A District Court ruled BESE’s funding of type 2 charters in the MFP is constitutional. The judge said Type 2 charter schools are clearly public schools, and it was proper to support them with the use of public funds. The plaintiffs will appeal.
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 by February 21, 2016.
- The public, the Legislature, and Louisiana’s next governor will be able to weigh in on any new proposed standards.
- Louisiana will no longer be part of the PARCC consortium for its tests. Next year’s tests will have no more than 49% of questions from PARCC.
For Common Core supporters:
- Louisiana will keep its commitment to more rigorous standards and will have tests that allow Louisiana to compare its performance to other states.
- The existing Common Core standards will remain in place until new standards are developed and approved.
- Although new standards must be approved by the Legislature and the governor, any decision must be on the standards as a whole; they can’t edit specific parts. A No vote means BESE goes back to the drawing board, and the existing standards remain in place.
For more on the compromise and the proposed legislation that will make it possible, click on the links below.
View the proposed plan: Terms of an Agreement to Implement Challenging Louisiana Student Standards and Tests.
Read a Statement from the Council for a Better Louisiana (CABL) on the proposed compromise.
Read more about the proposed compromise on Nola.com.
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 is not ready for the return of these schools.
In an interview with The Advocate, Lewis pointed out that some of the most important functions of any central office in a charter-dominated school system are still carried out by RSD officials, including the central enrollment system and the hearing office for students facing expulsion. OPSB doesn’t have the policies or systems in place it will need to manage all the schools.
OPSB remains dysfunctional on many levels. It took the board 2½ years to hire a new superintendent. They have not been able to build consensus and pass new policies, even on easy issues that would bring OPSB into compliance with state law. And the recent indictment of former OPSB president Ira Thomas is an unfortunate reminder of the corruption that has plagued the OPSB.
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. Thank you for what you do every day.
I urge you to read Danielle Dreilinger’s story on the event: They’re off to College, and New Orleans Celebrates as well as this story from NBC News.
Educate Now! also thanks the City Council for recognizing our graduates.
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.
How does New Orleans compare to other cities?
Note: Educate Now! used data it could find online. Not all years compared are the same.1
- In Louisiana in 20% of teachers were African-American. Nationally, 7% were African-American.
- In Atlanta, 74% of teachers were African-American. Washington, DC was similar to New Orleans, while Chicago and New York City had a smaller percentage of African-American teachers.
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How do we compare to pre-Katrina?
In 2003-04 (the state did not publish data for 2004-05 school year), 74% of New Orleans teachers were African-American, 24% white and 2% other.
1 Teacher data for Chicago are from 2013-14. Data for the national average and for other cities used for comparison are from 2011-12.
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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 of OneApp has already begun for families who do not have a spot for their child in the fall or who are unhappy with the results of the main round.
At a recent BGR breakfast, new Superintendent Henderson Lewis Jr. promised to restore trust in the Orleans Parish School Board by cutting staff in the school system’s central office, improving employee ethics, and cleaning up contracts. He also stated the district needs to adopt a portfolio management structure. Visit the BGR website to listen to his remarks
One group of Common Core supporters distributed pink and white stuffed unicorns to state lawmakers to make the point that many of the criticisms they’ve heard about Common Core are no more real than unicorns. Visit their website www.unicornsarenotreal.com for more on the myths about Common Core.