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#58 | July 30 2019
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Education Policy Fellowship Program Applications Now Open!

Here's your chance to make an impact through education policy! Be a part of Louisiana’s only professional development program for emerging policy leaders seeking to improve student outcomes. Apply today to become a part of the 2019 Education Policy Fellowship Program!
Take Your Policy Career to the Next Level
Is your organization holding a school supply drive or giveaway for NOLA youth? Email us, tag us or leave a comment on OPEN social media and we'll spread the word! 
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. 
  • August 2019: Committee Meeting, August 20/ Board Business, August 22
  • September 2019: Committee Meeting, September 17/ Board Business, September 19
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!
2019 Meeting Schedule
Comment Guidelines & Meeting Agenda
In the Landscape


Louisiana Education Chief Testifies at Congressional Hearing on Teacher Preparation

Louisiana Superintendent of Education John White provided testimony regarding Louisiana's nationally recognized teacher preparation efforts during a Congressional joint hearing of the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education and the Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Investment. 

Watch the hearing.
Read Superintendent White's testimony.

New LEAP exams for high schoolers show most students aren't on target for mastery

In most parishes, fewer than half of high school students taking the tests are scoring at "mastery" or above — the target score for schools to do well under new state standards expected to come into effect by 2025. Read the full article here.

New Beginnings to surrender its school charters amid 'incredibly disturbing' management problems

The surrender of the charters, which will take place at the end of the 2019-20 school year, was approved unanimously by the New Beginnings Schools Foundation board. Read the full article here.

With 'The Bridge,' expelled New Orleans students to get new plan, 'intensive intervention'

A new program for expelled middle school students will open in New Orleans next month, filling a need the district has had since October, when the previous program abruptly closed. Educators for Quality Alternatives, a nonprofit that runs two alternative high schools, will run the therapeutic program for up to 30 expelled 7th- and 8th-grade students. Read the full article here.


The 2019 KIDS COUNT Data Book Now Available

Although there are some bright spots, there's still work to do! America continues to have unacceptably low rates of reading and math proficiency, in addition to seeing an uptick in the number of kids without health insurance and the persistence of racial and ethnic disparities that create more of an uphill climb for children of color.
Read the Data Book and Casey's charge to policymakers and communities
Jobs, Events & Opportunities

¡D.A.L.E.! Teaching Fellowship

¡D.A.L.E.! (Developing Academic Leaders In Education) is Our Voice Nuestra Voz’s paid, ongoing fellowship that develops and prepares teams of ESL teachers and general education teachers to better support students who are English language learners so that they can thrive at school. Learn more and apply here.

Queen Summit Back to School Backpack Giveaway 

To attend and receive a backpack filled with school supplies text “QUEENSUMMIT” to 31996. Come and learn about credit, hygiene, skincare, resume building and much more, August 3! There will also be a raffle to buy 3 students a pair of school shoes and uniforms! 

Orleans Parish Appreciation Days

Every Wednesday, Orleans Parish residents with proof of residency get FREE admission with up to four guests to Audobon attractions. To see the full schedule of Orleans Parish Appreciation Days, click here.

Community Office Hours Return August 5

The Mayor's Neighborhood Engagement Office is excited to announced the return of Community Office Hours (COH), effective Monday, August 5, 2019! Come out to one of seven locations and meet your Neighborhood Liaison. For more information, click here.

Free Summertime Snacks & Meals for Youth

Several public library locations and NORDC rec centers are to provide free food for youth this summer.

All food is provided on a first-come, first-served basis and is for youth under the age of 18. Call or check library event listings to confirm the most current meal/snack information. For more information, visit

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