Robert Morris

Feb 202016
 

Lusher logoLusher Charter School could be as close to a week away to decision whether to file a lawsuit over a proposed change to state education funding formulas, even after a leading advocate for New Orleans charter schools called the information Lusher is providing to the public “incomplete and wrong.” Continue reading »

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Feb 182016
 
Dark green and dark blue lines show proposed boundaries. (via City of New Orleans; click for enlarged PDF)

Dark green and dark blue lines show proposed boundaries. (via City of New Orleans; click for enlarged PDF)

Most of Uptown New Orleans between South Claiborne Avenue or Earhart Boulevard and the river should receive historic-district protection against demolitions — with much stricter standards on St. Charles and Carrollton avenues, according to a unanimous recommendation Wednesday night by a committee of residents appointed by Mayor Mitch Landrieu. Continue reading »

Feb 172016
 
A resident asks the City Council for a compromise location for the proposed Carrollton Boosters sports complex as members of the Audubon Commission and Carrollton Boosters listen. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A resident asks the City Council for a compromise location for the proposed Carrollton Boosters sports complex as members of the Audubon Commission and Carrollton Boosters listen. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

More than three hours of impassioned arguments by neighbors Wednesday against the Carrollton Boosters’ proposed new soccer complex on The Fly garnered little more from the New Orleans City Council than a promise to provide better advance notice in the future and a scolding for the tenor of some of the complaints about it. Continue reading »

Feb 162016
 
Students from Sylvanie Williams College Prep marching band perform in the 2016 Martin Luther King Day parade. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Students from Sylvanie Williams College Prep marching band perform in the 2016 Martin Luther King Day parade. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

State legislators should pass a law this year requiring all New Orleans schools – even those still considered to be struggling – to return to local control of the Orleans Parish School board by 2019, effectively ending the Recovery School District’s presence in the city in three years, the head of a prominent charter network said Tuesday night.

“The RSD was always a temporary change agent, and it’s served its purpose,” said Ben Kleban, CEO of the New Orleans College Prep charter network. Continue reading »

Feb 162016
 
(map via NOPD)

A shooting Monday morning in the 3100 block of Audubon Street, and a burglary on Fig Street now attributed to the shooting victim, police say. (map via NOPD)

The 16-year-old boy found with a gunshot wound to the leg Monday morning on Audubon Street may have been shot during a break-in attempt nearby, New Orleans police say, but no homeowner has thus far admitted to shooting him. Continue reading »

Feb 152016
 

lyceeAs talks with French educations officials about the prospect of a new high school continue, Lycee Francais is planning to adjust its charter to give admissions priority to children of French citizens, school officials announced Monday night.

Meanwhile, the school is also planning to settle a defamation lawsuit with a former special-education coordinator who was fired in 2012 at the height of the school’s leadership crisis, officials said. Continue reading »

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Feb 152016
 
Neighbors rally around the sculpture at "The Fly" on Sunday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Neighbors rally around the sculpture at “The Fly” on Sunday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Opposition is becoming more organized to a new Carrollton Boosters soccer complex that would take up part of The Fly recreation area behind Audubon Park, after a prominent neighborhood association voted to express its concern over the project, more than 100 people held a “Save the Fly” rally at the site on Sunday and the controversy is now drawing interest from the City Council. Continue reading »

Feb 152016
 

One man was shot in the hand Sunday evening on Toledano Street, and another man was shot in the leg Monday morning on Audubon Street, New Orleans police said.

Around 6:10 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14, a man in his late 20s was in the 3900 block of Toledano (between South Dorgenois and South Broad) when he was “flagged down by an unknown suspect who opened fire,” according to the initial NOPD report. The victim was hit in the hand, said NOPD Officer Juan Barnes, a deparmental spokesman.

Around 7:45 a.m. Monday, Barnes said that the NOPD was investigating another shooting, this one in the 3100 block of Audubon Street (just off Earhart Boulevard). In that case, a man was shot in the leg, Barnes said.

Further details were not immediately available in either case. Anyone with information is urged to call CrimeStoppers at 822-1111 to leave an anonymous tip that could be eligible for a cash reward.

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Feb 102016
 

Cortrell Bryant (via opcso.org)

Cortrell Bryant (via opcso.org)

A 23-year-old man was arrested late Tuesday afternoon after he allegedly shot two people on St. Charles Avenue as the day’s Mardi Gras festivities were winding down — the second shooting in a Carnival season in which police seized nearly 30 other guns, but none on the Uptown route. Continue reading »