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#63 | September 26 2019
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Top Story

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
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! Early voting start September 28. Click the links below to check out the candidates:
Kira Orange Jones
Shawon Bernard
Ashonta Wyatt 

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.

Charter group may lose Coghill school, six other charters face renewal

The NOLA Public Schools district this week warned Mary D. Coghill Charter School parents in a letter that the Better Choice Foundation — the nonprofit that has run Mary D. Coghill Charter School since 2013 — may not get a renewal on its charter with the district. Read the full story here.

Charter struggles to untangle mess following John F. Kennedy High School graduation fiasco

A report shows that problems persist with the charter organization, which has been mired in controversy over grade-fixing allegations and other issues related to students' credits. Officials say they're struggling to untangle the mess left behind by the malfeasance and negligence of former administrators. Read the full story 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

Mayor's Neighborhood Engagement Office Announces Community Office Hours Saturday Pop-Up

Bring your questions, concerns, and comments to the third Community Office Hours Saturday Pop-Up event, Saturday, September 28. To see the names of attending departments, guests, locations, and times, click here.

Applications for 4.0 Fellowships Are Open!

Got an idea for how to build a more equitable future of education? 4.0 is here to help you start. 4.0 believes that all people are capable of sparking real change in their communities if they have access to resources to develop their ideas at the earliest stages.  Tiny and Essential fellowships provide coaching, community, and cash to build your idea (for a school, product, service, program, or edtech tool) and your leadership skills. Applications are open until September 30th. Learn more at

Empowerment & Policy Conference

The Power Coalition is excited to sponsor the inaugural Empowerment and Policy Conference, powered by the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus (LLBC) and the Urban League of Louisiana (ULLA). This conference is a statewide convening designed to examine systems, influence policy decisions and enact changes that will positively impact the African American community in Louisiana. For more information or to register, click here.

Beignets for Breakfast Book Launch

Join Jeanette Weiland, author of Beignets for Breakfast,for the Premier New Orleans Launch Party, October 1st! Book sales will benefit KID smART and the Louisiana Children’s Museum. Tickets are free, but please register in advance.

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. 

The City of New Orleans is Hiring!

The City of New Orleans is looking for its next Youth and Families 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.

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