Jul 272016
 
Prospective board members Gary Solomon, George Wilson and Quentin Messer attend a meeting of the Lusher Charter School governance committee on Wednesday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Prospective board members Gary Solomon, George Wilson and Quentin Messer attend a meeting of the Lusher Charter School governance committee on Wednesday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Lusher Charter School is considering adding three new members to its governing board, and may need a fourth after another recent resignation, officials said Wednesday morning. Continue reading »

Jul 202016
 
Surrounded by his family, Ben Kleban files to run for a seat on the Orleans Parish School Board. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Surrounded by his family, Ben Kleban files to run for a seat on the Orleans Parish School Board. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Woody Koppel

Woody Koppel

The founder of the New Orleans College Prep charter network qualified Wednesday morning to run for the open District 5 seat on the Orleans Parish School Board, and current school board member Woody Koppel also filed for re-election in his District 6. Continue reading »

Jun 282016
 
Lycee Francais board member Ann Meese shares a laugh with Grégor Trumel, Consul General of France in New Orleans, and fellow Lycee board member Ben Castoriano in February 2015. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Lycee Francais board member Ann Meese shares a laugh with Grégor Trumel, Consul General of France in New Orleans, and fellow Lycee board member Ben Castoriano in February 2015. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans governing board created a formal policy Monday night banning any parents or grandparents of current students from serving as board members, causing the abrupt departure of one of their own in a contentious end to a long-running conversation over the best model for the school’s leadership. Continue reading »

Jun 212016
 
Via NOCP

(Via NOCP)

New Orleans College Prep (NOCP), the school network that includes Walter L. Cohen and Lawrence D. Crocker Schools, was recently awarded a $1 million grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

With the assistance of the grant, NOCP plans to continue to grow the performance of its schools over the next three years.

NOCP plans to devote grant money to expand the number of students served, strengthen both the cultural competency and overall performance of teachers and staff, bolster socioemotional learning and supports for students, and enhance parent engagement initiatives.

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Jun 072016
 
Cohen College Prep students march through New Orleans. (image via nolacollegeprep.org)

Cohen College Prep students march through New Orleans. (image via nolacollegeprep.org)

With an increasingly competitive landscape for high school students, Cohen College Prep has an offer that school leaders hope will convince students to give them another look: Any freshmen who enrolls next year will receive a $500 scholarship upon graduation. Continue reading »

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May 212016
 
The Lusher Charter School board was surrounded by teachers and others to hear about the union issue on April 16. A similar crowd filled the board's meeting room on Saturday, May 21. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

The Lusher Charter School board was surrounded by teachers and others to hear about the union issue on April 16. A similar crowd filled the board’s meeting room on Saturday, May 21. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

The division that Lusher board members described leading up to this week’s vote on a teacher’s union exploded into public view on Saturday afternoon in a series of heated exchanges about the school’s diversity, its contract with Tulane University, its mounting legal costs and, of course, teacher morale. Continue reading »

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May 192016
 
A Lycee Francais banner hangs from the roof at the former Priestley campus in July 2015. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A Lycee Francais banner hangs from the roof at the former Priestley campus in July 2015. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans charter school named the Blitch Knevel architectural firm to lead the master planning of its expansion to the Priestley campus in Carrollton, perhaps the most significant step forward on the major renovation project since the purchase of the building a year ago. Continue reading »

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May 142016
 

By Ann Welsh

The Lusher Charter School community is special. Teachers, students, parents, and the administration work every day to promote “Learning the Lusher Way” and to exemplify Lusher’s number one rule: Be Kind. The level of engagement from the entire Lusher community is unsurpassed. Only with this consistent effort from all members of the Lusher community can our students achieve the success they’ve enjoyed as a result of their experiences at Lusher. Lusher students have discovered new approaches to environmental remediation after oil spills, have introduced the President of the United States at a celebration of National Poetry Month, and have performed at Carnegie Hall. A Lusher student has even had a planet named after her by NASA! Continue reading »

May 122016
 
Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus

Will Mayor Landrieu’s vocal support of a federal takeover at the Orleans Parish Prison be the final encouragement Judge Lance Africk needs to pull the trigger on receivership? Gusman filed his response to the Justice Department’s complaint yesterday which basically said he had not been given enough time or resources to significantly address the many issues at hand.

Under receivership, the federal government will appoint a seasoned correctional official to administer violence and mismanagement issues. Gusman would continue to serve as Sheriff but his hands would basically be tied. Continue reading »

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May 102016
 

By Chunlin Leonhard

Mr. Robbie Evans, the vice president of the board that governs the Choice Foundation, a three-school charter network in New Orleans, recently urged the Lusher Charter School teachers to vote against their fellow teachers’ efforts to unionize, describing the union as “an impediment to charter schools’ progress.” (The Advocate, Monday, May 9, 2016 p. 1B) He also commented about “union-created deadlock where only ineffective and possibly abusive teachers would benefit,” pointing to the infamous “rubber rooms” associated with New York public schools –“temporary reassignment centers where union-represented teachers accused of misconduct or incompetency have been sent while they await rulings from independent arbitrators.” (Id.)

Mr. Evans’ comments are not only outdated but also completely inapplicable to the unionization efforts at Lusher. Continue reading »

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