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#66 | October 15 2019
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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. Check out the lineup and register for any (or all) of our webinars and live events!
Register for Public Education Week
Sponsor Public Education Week
Take Action

BESE Meeting

The State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education will hold its Monthly Committee and Board Meetings on Tuesday, October 15, 2019, and Wednesday, October 16, 2019, in the Claiborne Building, Room 1-100, The Louisiana Purchase Room, 1201 N. Third Street, Baton Rouge, 70802, as indicated below. Note: Committee Meetings may be convened up to 30 minutes prior to the posted scheduled times to facilitate the orderly conduct of business.
The meeting agendas are summarized below. The full posted agendas may be reviewed here.  Live streams of BESE meetings may be viewed here during scheduled meeting times.

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. 
  • November 2019: Committee Meeting, November 19 /Board Business, November 21
  • December 2019: Committee Meeting, December 17 /Board Business, December 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!
Election News

Election Results

The results are in. See which officials are headed for run-offs, which amendments passed, and more! Read the full story here.

Voters Approve First Step in Carving Out New School District in Louisiana

Residents of an affluent suburb in southeast East Baton Rouge Parish in Louisiana have voted to form their own city, the first step necessary in creating a new school district in an area currently served by the East Baton Rouge Parish school system. Read the story here.

Become a Power Voter

While there are many ways we can change Louisiana’s system for the better, the first and most important is to become actively engaged in the political system. That means becoming a Power Voter. Take the Power Voter Pledge and vote, participate in the upcoming census, and hold your elected officials accountable.
Youth Action

YJAM Art & Advocacy Night

On October 24th, for Youth Justice Awareness Month (YJAM), Travis Hill NOLA will join youth advocates around the country by hosting an event to raise awareness, strengthen community, build partnerships, and encourage action to keep children out of the justice system. This year's YJAM theme is "A.C.T. (Awaken, Confront, Transform) to End Racism." To RSVP, click here.

Participate, But Know Your Place: Young Civic Activists Get Mixed Messages

While much of society—from schools, to celebrities, to lawmakers—have long urged young people to get involved in their communities and in national issues, young activists are sometimes finding that when they do step into the civic sphere, they are shouted down, mocked, and harassed. Read the full article here.

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.
In the Landscape


Louisiana Awarded $115 Million in Federal Grants to Enhance Supports for Students, Teachers

The Louisiana Department of Education today announced it has earned five competitive federal grant awards, totaling $115 million, from the U.S. Department of Education. The grants will enhance literacy programming and instruction; expand direct mental health services for students, create opportunities for teachers to earn credentials in STEM. Read the full release here.

NORD and Middle School Tackle Football

NORD is partnering with NOLA Public Schools to enhance the sports and physical education programming of youth participants in Orleans Parish Schools. The collaboration allows for NORD and NOLA-PS to form a collaborative sports league that will organize, facilitate and manage athletic games at NORD and NOLA-PS facilities. Read the full release here.

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.

KIPP approaching limit on how many students a charter school operator can enroll

The charter school network currently manages seven schools at eight campuses. And with the addition of John F. Kennedy High School next summer, KIPP is poised to enroll nearly 14 percent of NOLA Public Schools students, just below the district’s enrollment cap. Read the full article here.


New federal funds help states increase child care subsidies for families and rates paid for child care services

new brief finds that most states used, or plan to use, increased federal funding for a key early childhood education program—the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG)—to raise pay for child care providers, serve more eligible children, and meet reauthorization requirements established in the 2014 reauthorization of the program. View the interactive map to see how Louisiana is spending the money.
Jobs, Events & Opportunities
New Orleans Youth Open Mic
New Orleans Youth Open Mic Blue Ink Slam is October 16 at Ashe Cultural Arts Center. $2 Donation Suggested. For more information, email

Black Education in New Orleans: Where Do We Go From Here? 

BE NOLA is honored to host esteemed scholars Dr. Adrienne DixsonDr. Gloria Ladson-Billings, and Dr. Kevin Lawrence Henry on Thursday October 17th from 5:45-7:30 PM at Dillard University's Georges Auditorium for what is sure to be an invigorating and thought-provoking discussion on the state and direction of Black education in New Orleans. To RSVP, click here.

Light Up Your Halloween Costume with Electric Girls!

Get prepped for Halloween by learning how to light-up your costume or any article of clothing, and support equitable girls' STEM education at the same time! Learn a little about electronics and circuitry, build your own LED circuit, and attach your circuit to whatever you bring to the workshop, or you can take it home and do that part on your own. To RSVP, click here.

Music Educators PD Clinic: Teaching Strategies for Empowering Learners

Join veteran music educators Herman J. Jones and Keith Hart for a dynamic Professional Development Clinic designed to give music educators time-tested ways of structuring learning for student success! The event is geared toward upper elementary and middle school music teachers and band directors, but high school teachers are welcome to attend. To register, click here.

#PutHousingFirst March and Rally

Join the Greater New Orleans Housing Alliance for the #PutHousingFirst March on November 2nd. Formation starts at 10:30 a.m. at Taps II Restaurant and end by 1 p.m. at A.L. Davis Park with a rally & DJ Brice Nice To RSVP, click here.

Sip N Solder

Create your very own electronic invention & learn how to solder it all together!This is a great relaxed event to connect with the Electric Girls team, learn from some bright Electric Girls, and develop some new soldering skills. To RSVP, click here.

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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