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#64 | October 3 2019
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Top Story

Public Education Week 2019

Throughout the week of October 21-25th, Orleans Public Education Network (OPEN), along with advocates, educators and parents across the city, will host Public Education Week: the only event series dedicated to bringing the entire public into the public education system, and training citizens to navigate the system, advocate for change, and increase equity and excellence for all students. Click the link below to register and attend happy hour, webinars, and much more!
Register for Public Education Week

United States Census 2020

Although Census Day isn't until April 2020, in-field address canvassing has already begun. You can play a part in getting the full count by staying up to date, getting involved with a count committee, or becoming a partner. For more information, visit
Take Action

OPSB Meeting Schedule

Don't let policy changes come as a surprise! Stay up to date with decisions and events in Orleans Parish Schools at Orleans Parish School Board meetings. 
  • October 2019: Committee Meeting, October 15/ Board Business, October 17
  • November 2019: Committee Meeting, November 19 /Board Business, November 21
Did you know? The full 2019 Meeting Schedule, guidelines for public comment, and agendas are available online! 
Can't make it to the meeting? Tune in via livestream!
In the Landscape


BESE Election, October 12

The election for Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, District 2, will be held October 12! Click the links below to check out the candidates:
Kira Orange Jones
Shawon Bernard
Ashonta Wyatt 

Court-appointed special education monitors detail how the state picked the wrong New Orleans schools for federal consent decree scrutiny

Independent monitors overseeing the Louisiana Department of Education’s work under a federal consent judgment have identified a series of mistakes — ranging from calculation errors to what appears to be sloppy record-keeping — that led the state to monitor the wrong New Orleans schools for special education services. Read the full article here.

Kennedy High's principal replaced just six weeks into the school year

The new principal at New Orleans' troubled John F. Kennedy High School, an administrator touted for his ability to improve schools, has been replaced just six weeks into the new school year, officials confirmed. Read the full article here.

2019 Governor Races: Choosing our Children's Future

Hiring, training, and supporting teachers is key in retaining the quality instructors each student needs to be successful in school. What do candidates for governor in the South have to say about teacher services & development? See the key education stances from Louisiana's Gubernatorial race candidates in the Southern Education Foundation's Candidate Comparison.

Rethink Presents Wednesdays with Whit!

Tune in to Wednesdays with Whit, presented by Rethink! Learn more about the Rethink Mandate and hear discussions about solidarity and internationalism. Listen and subscribe here.

NOLA Public Schools Accountability Update 

In a presentation from the Accountability Committee, NOLA Public Schools released Accountability Updates. This report includes non-compliance notices and renewal cycle process updates.
To view the full report, click here. See 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 charter renewal schools in the charts below.

OneApp deadline for New Orleans families moved up by a month as district announces school changes

In a move to give parents more time to make plans for the following school year, New Orleans public school officials said the deadline to apply for schools through the centralized OneApp enrollment system has been moved up by a month for the 2020-21 school year. Read the full story here.

SPLC Louisiana Children's Rights school policing report and data compliance law

 The Data Gap: School Policing in Louisiana, analyzes the lack of data available on school policing programs in Louisiana school districts, and argues that complete and accurate data is necessary to evaluate the impact and effectiveness of these programs and to ensure students are not discriminated against. View the report here.

Six Questions about the State of Children in Louisiana

The Louisiana Partnership of Children and Families asked gubernatorial candidates who had raised over $1Million as of the July 2019 Ethics Reporting to attend the annual meeting. None of candidates could attend live, so they were asked to answer six questions about state of children in Louisiana. Click here to read the responses.
Jobs, Events & Opportunities

Children of Incarcerated Parents Policy Announcement and Unveiling of Traveling Photo Exhibition

Changing the way the world views Children of Incarcerated Parents, join Daughters Beyond Incarceration as they announce their policy brief to be filed in the upcoming legislative session and unveil the traveling photo exhibition, Friday, October 4! To register, click here.

MHSD Fall Fest

Join Metropolitan Human Services District for the Third Annual MHSD Fall Fest celebration Saturday, October 5th from 11 am to 2 pm. The event is FREE and open to the public so be sure to invite your family and friends! To register, click here.

SPNO Webinar

The Social Planning Network of Ontario (SPNO) Community of Practice on Equity and Inclusion for Low-Income Students and Families is pleased to be partnering with leading experts and voices in the field to bring you this unique webinar series that looks at the impacts of poverty and classism on low-income students and their families. Register here and join the October 7th webinar. 

Budget Listening Sessions with Mayor Cantrell

On October 7, Mayor Cantrell will host the second "Tell Cantrell Budget Listening Session," in which she will outline her priorities for the 2020-2021 budget season. This live, interactive budget session will allow the Mayor to hear directly from constituents. To participate, call 866-785-1533 or click this link to register. Once registered, you will be notified when the session is about to begin. 

2019 Neighborhood Summit

The Mayor’s Neighborhood Engagement Office announces that registration for the 2019 Neighborhood Summit is now open.

At the Summit, neighborhood leaders and residents will share information across communities, develop new skills to bring home, and build relationships old and new.

Sessions Include:

  • 311- Your Gateway to Government
  • Census 2020
  • Youth Voice in Infrastructure: Making NOLA a Child-Friendly City
  • Coordination, Collaboration, and Connectivity
  • Housing is Infrastructure and Vice Versa
  • Katrina 15: Restoring the Coast to Protect New Orleans
  • Reducing Gun Violence in New Orleans
Register for Neighborhood Summit 2019
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