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#60 | August 28 2019
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Public Education Week 2019

You talked, we listened. Parents' Night Out is now Public Education Week! We're restructuring our week of programming to expand our conversations and the way we impact public education. And we want you to join us in planning this week! We're looking for new partners, topics and sponsors. If you have an idea for a workshop or event and want to collaborate, or just show support, click one of the links below
Public Education Week Partnership Survey
Show Your Support With a Donation

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

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
Take Action

Get Involved with Friends and Families of Louisiana's Incarcerated Children! 

 Become a member, donate, or join the Young Advocates Board. For more information, visit

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. 
  • September 2019: Committee Meeting, September 17/ Board Business, September 19
  • October 2019: Committee Meeting, October 15/ Board Business, October 17
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


New study: Average public school quality has increased in New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina

A new study from the Education Research Alliance (ERA) suggests that average public school quality in New Orleans (measured by test scores) increases with school reforms… but students only get to enjoy the extra “quality” for two years, after which performance stagnates. View and download the policy brief here.

Louisiana Launches Six Additional Pilot Programs To Increase Early Childhood Education Access, Improve Quality

The Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) recently approved six additional communities to pilot local strategies to increase access to and improve the quality of publicly-funded early childhood care and education. The action follows legislation passed in 2018 that allowed BESE to create and fund the pilot programs. Read the full release here.


School mental health training for teachers leaves room for improvement

As youth struggle with mental health issues at increasing rates, their teachers are struggling to help them. One recent study found that, while 93 percent of teachers are concerned about student mental health needs, 85 percent expressed the need for further mental health training. Read the full article here.

70 Mayors Reject Trump Food Stamp Proposal, Saying It Puts Kids At Risk

The Trump administration's proposal to push millions of people out of the federal food stamp program would punish some of the country's neediest, including children, seniors and people with disabilities, according to mayors of 70 American cities who have sent a letter to an administrator for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

Under a new rule proposed in July by the Agriculture Department, more than 3 million people would lose their food assistance

Call to Action: Research has shown that regular, healthy meals affect learning and behavior in children. SNAP benefits and other food assistance programs aid in fighting food in security for kids who wouldn't otherwise have access to a healthy meal. OPEN encourages you to make a comment on this issue before the deadline on September 23. 
Jobs, Events & Opportunities

The City of New Orleans is Hiring!

The City of New Orleans is looking for its next Program Manager. The Program Manager will plan, organize and execute several programs including (but not limited to): youth and parent leadership programs; a workforce development initiative for system-involved youth. Please send resume, three professional references, and cover letter indicating how your skills and experiences are an excellent fit for the position to

PAR Seeks Full-Time Associate

The Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana (PAR) is seeking a full-time associate and communications professional to advance the non-profit organization's mission to prepare and publicize quality, independent research and policy recommendations, educate the public and engage members and stakeholders in our work. To learn more about the position and apply, click here.

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 Are Back

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