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#59 | August 13 2019
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Top Story

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

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. 
  • 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


Now the first all-charter district in U.S., New Orleans schools experiment still faces questions

This summer, New Orleans officially became the first large American city to not offer a single traditional public school. The colossal shift has come with promises nearly as big: to improve student performance, increase parental choice and spark innovation while holding charter organizations to a greater level of accountability. Read the full story here.

29 New Orleans seniors in grade-fixing scandal won't graduate despite summer work, promises

Fewer than half of the 53 John F. Kennedy High School students who took summer classes in hopes of earning long-awaited diplomas have been cleared to earn them, according to the president of the New Beginnings Schools Foundation, the charter network that runs Kennedy. Read the full story 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

Back At It Brunch! 

Black Educators in New Orleans! Come connect with other Black educators over brunch, mimosas, and conversation! Share professional connections and help Black Teacher Griot determine what kind of programming will best support our educators during the 2019-2020 school year. RSVP here. Only 25 spots available.

NORD Commission Back to School Expo

Learn about NORD programming and register for the fall season at the NORD Commission Back to School Expo. Explore dance, theater, art, archery, canoeing, sewing, fishing, piano and guitar lessons, swim lessons, and more! For more information, call (504) 658-3051 or

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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