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#61 | September 4 2019
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Election Season

As election season nears, help OPEN and the #nolaed community stay engaged and aware. If there are forums, debates, or other events in your community or held by your organization, email us, tag us, or leave a comment on OPEN social media and we'll spread the word.
Upcoming Elections include:
  • Gubernatorial
  • Secretary of State
  • Treasurer
  • House & Senate
  • Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE)
  • OPSB (Election is in 2020, but we want to learn about potential candidates as soon as possible!) 

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

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


Louisiana looks to prioritize lower income, minority students for future higher education funding

The state is changing the way money is distributed to Louisiana’s colleges and universities by putting more emphasis on the progress made by lower income, minority and adult students and less priority on research. Read the full article here.

SUNO placed on probation by accrediting agency; financial problems cause university to furlough employees

Facing financial turmoil after years of reduced enrollment and state budget cuts, Southern University at New Orleans plans to furlough some employees and increase teaching loads for the faculty, according to university officials. Read the full article here.

Overall student progress stalls in metro area as fewer than half show 'top growth'

Student progress has largely stalled in the New Orleans metro area, with fewer than half of pupils showing satisfactory academic improvement over the past year, Louisiana Department of Education data showed. Read the full article here 


Focusing solely on academic achievement could do more harm than good for kids

According to research from Arizona State University and Oklahoma State University, teens with parents who value academic achievement over kindness to others have higher stress levels than those whose parents value kindness to others as much or more than academic achievement. Read the full article here.

Participating in sports can benefit children’s mental health

 Research finds that children who play sports from ages 6 to 10 have fewer emotional difficulties at age 12. Consistent participation in organized sports was associated with less anxiety, shyness, emotional distress, and social withdrawal at school. 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

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. 

4.0 Schools Happy Hour & Pitch Night

Do you or someone you know have an idea for how to improve education? Join 4.0 Schools for a low-stakes Education Pitch Night on September 18 to share your idea in 3 minutes or less to a friendly room of fellow educators, entrepreneurs, and interested community members. To register, click here.

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.

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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