Robert Morris

Feb 272016
 

By Della Hasselle and Robert Morris

lusherLusher Charter School’s governing board voted unanimously Saturday to seek a court order against a new school funding formula, on the grounds that the Louisiana constitution specifically prohibits funding schools different from parish to parish.

The Audubon Charter School board also voted Saturday to continue exploring similar legal action, though school administrators will return to the board before making a final decision. Continue reading »

Feb 272016
 
Firefighters look for hotspots in the attic of 1019 Louisiana Avenue on Saturday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Firefighters look for hotspots in the attic of 1019 Louisiana Avenue on Saturday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Two homes on Louisiana Avenue at the edge of the Irish Channel were heavily damaged in a fire that broke out overnight, killing four pets, New Orleans authorities said Saturday morning.

A four-alarm fire set off early Saturday morning. The fire damaged severely two homes on Louisiana avenue near Constance Street. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

A four-alarm fire set off early Saturday morning. The fire damaged severely two homes on Louisiana avenue near Constance Street. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

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Feb 262016
 
The "SC" icons refer to simple rapes; the gray mask icons represent burglaries. (map via NOPD)

The “SC” icons refer to simple rapes; the gray mask icons represent burglaries. (map via NOPD)

Oliver Jerde (via opcso.org)

Oliver Jerde (via opcso.org)

The man charged in a series of home-invasions last month in the university area — and a suspect in two sexual assaults — has been removed from electronic monitoring and allowed to leave the state, according to court records. Continue reading »

Feb 252016
 
A chart showing the proposed "weights" for per-pupil funding under the new formula. (via Louisiana Department of Education)

A chart showing the proposed “weights” for per-pupil funding under the new formula. (via Louisiana Department of Education)

The task force charged with creating a new formula for distributing state education funding to New Orleans schools announced its final recommendations Wednesday, with a vote scheduled for early next month by the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. Continue reading »

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Feb 232016
 

By Chunlin Leonhard

The Act 467 Working Group has recently proposed to revamp New Orleans public school funding formulas intending to increase funding for children with special needs. While this is a laudable goal, the proposed new formula takes desperately needed funds away from schools serving children from middle class families of all races. The proposed funding formula threatens to undo recent progress in making high quality public schools a realistic and viable option for middle class parents of all races. Taking desperately needed funds away from schools such as Audubon Charter School, Warren Easton, Ben Franklin, Edward Hynes, Lusher, McMain, and McDonogh #35 Academy, will only serve to weaken public school education overall by forcing middle class parents out of the New Orleans public school system. Continue reading »

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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