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#62 | September 12 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.
Important Dates:
  • Early Vote: September 28 – October 5
  • In-Person Reg. Deadline: September 11
  • Primary Election: October 12, 2019
  • General Election: November 16, 2019
  • In-Person Reg. Deadline: October 16, 2019
  • Early Vote: November 2 – 5, 2019

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


ICYMI: Louisiana's Financial Aid Access Policy Serves as National Model
 Louisiana's Financial Aid Access Policy has become a model for other states looking to increase equitable access to post-secondary opportunities for all students. Read the full release here.

NOLA Public Schools and the Orleans Parish School Board to Reschedule Millage Rates Public Hearing

NOLA Public Schools (NOLA-PS) and the Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB) will be rescheduling a public hearing that was slated for Thursday, September 26, 2019 to consider levying additional or increased millage rates. In the interim and leading up to the new date NOLA-PS and OPSB will to continue to engage with all stakeholders. Read the release 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.

New Orleans schools chief: System is making big gains since Hurricane Katrina

The latest article from Orleans Parish Superintendent suggests that schools are improving. However, there's a lot of work left to do. Read the full article here.

State special education monitoring errors could impact federal consent decree over New Orleans schools

Court-appointed monitors overseeing special education services in New Orleans have been reviewing the wrong schools. The problem may force the extension of a four-year-old federal consent decree negotiated to settle a 2010 lawsuit that charged that the city’s charter schools were admitting too few special-needs students and failing to provide proper services to the ones they did enroll. Read the full story here.


The Federal government is cutting funding to one of the highest-performing, most equitable school systems in the U.S. that educates the children of men and women serving in the military 

The Pentagon announced that it would cut funding to its schools and daycare centers as part of a $3.6 billion diversion of funds toward construction of President Trump’s proposed wall on the southern border. Read the full story 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.

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

NOLA Public Schools Community Meetings

Starting this week join NOLA Public Schools at a total of four community meetings to discuss our long-term facilities needs.
For more information, click here.

4.0 Schools Happy Hour & Pitch Night

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. Our two 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 September 12 to the 30th. Learn more at

NOLA Public Schools Back to School Fest

Celebrate the beginning of the school year at NOLA Public Schools' 2nd Annual Back to School Fest at Audubon Zoo on Saturday, September 14! All day complimentary admission will be given to the first 10,000 Orleans Parish students and their families.

We The People March- New Orleans

Join the We the People March on September 21 wwith your signs, costumes, art, music, and “joie de vivre” for a second line march to make new connections, find new ways to be involved, and unite to renew our energy and hope for the future of all of our nation’s people. For more informatio, check out the Facebook Event.

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.

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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