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#57 | July 17 2019
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New Orleans becomes first major American city without traditional schools

The Orleans Parish school district has teetered on the edge of an all-charter district for years. Each year the number of the district’s direct-run schools has dwindled as some have closed and others have converted or been taken over by charter organizations.  Read the article to learn more and read comments from OPEN Executive Director, Nahliah Webber. 
Read the Article

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
Take Action
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! 

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


A dip in LEAP: New Orleans area schools see lower or stagnant scores as tougher standards continues

As public schools in the New Orleans area continue to grapple with tougher standards under statewide education reform efforts, their students' scores on high-stakes standardized tests dipped or remained flat in the 2018-19 school year. Read the full story here

With 'The Bridge,' expelled New Orleans students to get new plan, 'intensive intervention'

A new program for expelled middle school students will open in New Orleans next month, filling a need the district has had since October, when the previous program abruptly closed. Educators for Quality Alternatives, a nonprofit that runs two alternative high schools, will run the therapeutic program for up to 30 expelled 7th- and 8th-grade students. Read the full article here.

School district warns Coghill, refers board member reimbursements to Orleans DA and state auditor

In a warning letter sent in late June detailing financial management concerns and possible charter board overreach, a district official wrote that the district’s “observations will also be shared with Louisiana Legislative Auditor, Orleans Parish District Attorney, and the Louisiana Board of Ethics.” Read the full article here.

Lawsuit says New Orleans grade-fixing scandal caused girl 'extreme anxiety, depression'

The mother of a John F. Kennedy High School senior filed suit Monday against local and state education officials, saying her daughter suffered damages as the result of a grade-fixing scandal and other problems that erupted at the school in recent months. Read the full story here

New Orleans schools leader would allocate more money for students who have been jailed or expelled

The superintendent of Orleans Parish public schools has proposed a new funding formula that would give more money to schools with children who are at higher risk of dropping out — a move officials said would further an effort to make the city's collection of charter schools more equitable and diverse. Read the full article 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

¡D.A.L.E.! Teaching Fellowship

¡D.A.L.E.! (Developing Academic Leaders In Education) is Our Voice Nuestra Voz’s paid, ongoing fellowship that develops and prepares teams of ESL teachers and general education teachers to better support students who are English language learners so that they can thrive at school. Learn more and apply here.

Free Summertime Snacks & Meals for Youth

Several public library locations and NORDC rec centers are to provide free food for youth this summer.

All food is provided on a first-come, first-served basis and is for youth under the age of 18. Call or check library event listings to confirm the most current meal/snack information. For more information, visit

Back to School Drives, Fairs, Giveaways and Resources! 

Schools will be opening before you know it! Check out the upcoming events for back to school giveaways, resources and opportunities to donate!

Back 2 School Giveaway & Resource Fair 

Come out to the Back 2 School Giveaway & Resource Fair for food, games, fun and education this Saturday, July 20!

Family Day in the Park

Invite your family and friends to the biggest family event of the summer. Family Day in the Park is Sunday, July 21! For more information, visit

Tools for School Health & Resource Fair 

Tools for School Health & Resource Fair is July 27. Come for free health screenings, school supplies, and other giveaways. For more information, contact Barbara Lacen-Keller at (504) 253-1364, Val Rainey at (504) 439-6747, or Elverina Clark at (504) 421-4841.

NOLA Back 2 School Fest 

The NOLA Back 2 School Fest Presented by Shell is July 27. Students who pre-register will receive FREE school supplies, backpacks, haircuts, health screenings, hands-on STEM exploration stations, and other community resources! To register, click here.
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