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#68 | November 5 2019
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Thanks for Your Support! 

A huge THANK YOU to the community for showing up and out for Public Education Week. OPEN's events are free and open to the public because we believe the community should have full access, information and support in their public education system. Help us continue the work of community engagement in public education by donating to OPEN today!
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Public Education Week Webinars

Can't get enough of Public Education Week? Public Education Week Webinars are NOW available on YouTube. Watch anytime on the OPEN Youtube Channel for discussions like: 
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Take Action

Behavioral Health Council Town Hall Meeting

The New Orleans Behavioral Health Council brings together providers, advocates, and consumers from across the behavioral health community in order to facilitate coordination, advocate for policy change, influence funding, and communicate with the larger community. 

Attend the town hall on December 5 and help the council launch their 2020 Strategic Plan.

Sign the Statement of Support to Increase Funding for Quality Early Care and Education 

The future of New Orleans depends on our city’s investment in our children. The New Orleans Campaign for Grade-Level Reading and its partners have petitioned Mayor LaToya Cantrell and the New Orleans City Council to take actions over the next year to create dedicated annual funding in the city budget for high-quality ECE for children, birth through age three. Click here to see the full sign-on letter of support. To sign on, please email Jillian Delos Reyes at

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

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

City of New Orleans Submits Its First Human Rights Report to the United Nations

The City’s newly established Office of Human Rights and Equity has submitted its first independent report to the United Nations Universal Periodic Review. The United Nations uses the Universal Period Review (UPR) process to collect information from local human rights organizations around the world. Youth involvement with the criminal justice system was an area of specific concern, specifically around youth interactions with law enforcement, zero-tolerance policies in schools, and juvenile detention practices and conditions. Read the report here.

In the Landscape


White Workers More Likely to Get Good Jobs at Every Level of Education

According to a new report, "The Unequal Race for Good Jobs," from Georgetown University's McCourt School of Public Policy Center on Education and the Workforce there is something principals and administrators can do to better prepare Black and Latino students for the persistent job and wage inequality they will face as adults. Turns out it has little to do with working on Black and brown students soft skills or work ethic: ”Hiring teachers of color, providing "wraparound supports" like counseling and health service, and making sure students of color get access to effective teachers”. Read the full story here.


InspireNOLA to take over Capdau school in 2020; only charter to apply after New Beginnings shut down

InspireNOLA, one of the largest charter school operators in New Orleans, is likely to take over Pierre A. Capdau Elementary School next year after being the only organization to apply for the job. Read the full story here. 

Audubon, Lusher and Cohen schools all given warnings for violating special education rules

The issues, which ranged from failing to correctly evaluate students with special needs to improperly planning ways to help them, were discovered because of a federal consent decree requiring the Louisiana Department of Education to monitor New Orleans public schools for possible problems in this area. Read the full story here.

SNAP Recipients May Apply for Replacement Benefits for Food Lost Due to Tropical Storm Olga

More than 71% of SNAP participants in Louisiana are in families with children. Share with families in your networks to support our students in coming to school healthy and ready to learn!
Recipients of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits may be eligible for replacement benefits for food purchased with SNAP benefits and lost due to Tropical Storm Olga, if they report their loss to the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) by Thursday, Nov. 7. SNAP recipients must apply for replacement benefits. 
To Apply
  1. Complete and sign the SNAP 38 Form
  2. Submit it in one of the following ways on or before Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019:

If you cannot complete and submit the form by Nov. 7, call 1-888-524-3578 by Thursday, Nov. 7, and provide your parish, dollar value of food loss, length of time without power, and within 10 days of reporting the loss to DCFS by phone call, send your completed and signed SNAP 38 Form to DCFS, as described above.

FFLIC Education Advocacy Toolkit

On October 21, 2019 Families and Friends of Louisiana’s Incarcerated launched its Education Advocacy ToolKit with support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. To learn more about the toolkit, or to download a copy, click here.

Jobs, Events & Opportunities

Families Helping Families of Greater New Orleans Webinars

Families Helping Families of Greater New Orleans is hosting webinars all month long. Check out sessions on special education topics like IEPs, Section 504, and basic rights! To register, 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.

Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences: Building Self-Healing Communities at Broadmoor Arts & Wellness Center

Participants will explore the ACE Study data and its implications for ways we might become key players in creating sustainable change. This workshop has been approved for 3 clinical credit hours for counselors and social workers. If you wish to receive CEU credit, the workshop costs $50. To register, 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

Exploring the Diaspora - Celebrating the Benin Republic

Step into a mini version of the Benin Republic, in the Ashé Series, Exploring the Diaspora! Mix & mingle, enjoy music, taste the food, and learn interesting things about the country. Its history will blow you away! Free admission to the Opening Reception. School field trip opportunities are also available. For more information or to attend, click here.
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