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#65 | October 9 2019
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Public Education Week 2019

Throughout the week of October 21-25th, Orleans Public Education Network (OPEN), along with advocates, educators and parents across the city, will host Public Education Week: the only event series dedicated to bringing the entire public into the public education system, and training citizens to navigate the system, advocate for change, and increase equity and excellence for all students. Click the link below to register and attend happy hour, webinars, and much more!
Register for Public Education Week

Public Education Week Programming

It's not too late to be a part of Public Education Week! OPEN is still accepting submissions for webinars during Public Education Week. Click the links below to tell us your idea or just show support.
Submit Your Public Education Week Idea
Sponsor Public Education Week
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!

BESE Election, October 12

The election for Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, District 2, will be held October 12! Click the links below to check out the candidates:
Kira Orange Jones
Shawon Bernard
Ashonta Wyatt 
Election Day is October 12! Find your polling place here.

New Orleans Affordable Housing Amendment

This Saturday, October 12, voters around the state will consider Constitutional Amendment 4, which will help New Orleanians stay in their homes.  Black female heads of household with children under the age of 18- our public school students- are hurt disproportionally by the lack of affordable housing. Strong schools are caused by strong stable school communities. If we are committed to better school outcomes then we must commit to affordable housing in resourced communities.
Read more about the New Orleans affordable housing crisis here.

2019 Governor Races: Choosing our Children's Future

Hiring, training, and supporting teachers is key in retaining the quality instructors each student needs to be successful in school. What do candidates for governor in the South have to say about teacher services & development? See the key education stances from Louisiana's Gubernatorial race candidates in the Southern Education Foundation's Candidate Comparison.

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

Participate, But Know Your Place: Young Civic Activists Get Mixed Messages

While much of society—from schools, to celebrities, to lawmakers—have long urged young people to get involved in their communities and in national issues, young activists are sometimes finding that when they do step into the civic sphere, they are shouted down, mocked, and harassed. Read the full article here.

Rethink Presents Wednesdays with Whit!

Tune in to Wednesdays with Whit, presented by Rethink! Learn more about the Rethink Mandate and hear discussions about solidarity and internationalism. Listen and subscribe here.
In the Landscape


NORD and Middle School Tackle Football

NORD is partnering with NOLA Public Schools to enhance the sports and physical education programming of youth participants in Orleans Parish Schools. The collaboration allows for NORD and NOLA-PS to form a collaborative sports league that will organize, facilitate and manage athletic games at NORD and NOLA-PS facilities. Read the full release here.

Court-appointed special education monitors detail how the state picked the wrong New Orleans schools for federal consent decree scrutiny

Independent monitors overseeing the Louisiana Department of Education’s work under a federal consent judgment have identified a series of mistakes — ranging from calculation errors to what appears to be sloppy record-keeping — that led the state to monitor the wrong New Orleans schools for special education services. Read the full article here.

KIPP approaching limit on how many students a charter school operator can enroll

The charter school network currently manages seven schools at eight campuses. And with the addition of John F. Kennedy High School next summer, KIPP is poised to enroll nearly 14 percent of NOLA Public Schools students, just below the district’s enrollment cap. Read the full article here.

Kennedy High's principal replaced just six weeks into the school year

The new principal at New Orleans' troubled John F. Kennedy High School, an administrator touted for his ability to improve schools, has been replaced just six weeks into the new school year, officials confirmed. Read the full article here.

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.
Jobs, Events & Opportunities

Light Up Your Halloween Costume with Electric Girls!

Get prepped for Halloween by learning how to light-up your costume or any article of clothing, and support equitable girls' STEM education at the same time! Learn a little about electronics and circuitry, build your own LED circuit, and attach your circuit to whatever you bring to the workshop, or you can take it home and do that part on your own. To RSVP, 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.

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
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