Bricolage Academy, an Orleans Parish charter school that opened two years ago, will move out of Touro Synagogue on St. Charles Avenue next year and into Mid-City, while Cypress Academy — one of the newest OPSB charter schools — will open next year in the Touro space.
The impending loss of the charter at Andrew H. Wilson charter school in Broadmoor — one of New Orleans’ most deeply established and celebrated charter schools, but also one of the city’s lowest ranked campuses in state scores — has parents in the community deeply upset.
The school’s strengths, they said at a heated public meeting Tuesday night, run far deeper than superficial and unfairly-calculated test scores show, and they fear that the individualized care they are used to their children receiving will give way to a cookie-cutter approach if a larger operator takes over.
The governing board of Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans is holding its monthly board meeting tonight (Monday, Jan. 12) at the school’s Patton Street campus.
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The governing board of Lusher Charter School held a brief public meeting Saturday morning, hearing a few updates on the ongoing construction at both campuses before conducting a lengthy closed session on a student disciplinary matter.
“Nothing is changing as far as the process we’re going through for this year,” said school CEO Kathy Riedlinger.
The founders of a national medical-services company based in New Orleans have donated $3 million for science education at Isidore Newman School, the largest gift in the school’s history.
Lusher Charter School will host its annual soiree this Friday (Nov. 14) at the Eiffel Society, with food, a silent auction, and musical entertainment that will help raise money for the school.
Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans officials expect to sign a purchase agreement with the Orleans Parish School Board for the old Priestley campus in west Carrollton within a week or two, launching a 90-day evaluation period before the sale becomes final.
With the major U.S. midterm elections now in the rearview mirror, school officials around New Orleans are now looking to the Dec. 6 runoff.
While Louisiana decides between Bill Cassidy and Mary Landrieu for U.S. Senator, New Orleans voters will also decide whether to renew a property tax that will begin building a citywide fund to maintain school buildings in Orleans Parish — which some school leaders say is crucial to ending the decades-long cycle of neglect and deterioration at city school buildings.
The Holy Name of Jesus School annual “Gator Fest” fundraiser carnival — featuring live music, food and fairground rides — will be held this weekend, school officials said.
Last week’s allegation that a student was raped on the campus of Lusher High School has been proven to be untrue and the victim has since withdrawn her complaint, school and New Orleans police officials said Wednesday morning.
Audubon Charter School is moving its annual Fall Fête off-campus to Danneel Park on St. Charles Avenue on Saturday, and the “Hallow-Oui” will feature a full lineup of musicians, food and games.
While Lusher Charter School remained the highest-performing school in Uptown New Orleans last year, two language-immersion schools surged forward to narrow the gap, according to the latest School Performance Scores released by the state this week.
Three other Central City elementary schools also showed improvement, growing from their previous grade of a ‘D’ in 2013 to a ‘C’ this year, the reports show.
But three other schools — each of which had been singled out for growth in previous years — tumbled precipitously in 2014, losing a letter grade from previous year’s performance.
Last week, an eighth grader at a ReNew Schools charter in New Orleans East suffered second-degree burns from having scalding water thrown on him by another student. He required skin grafts for the wounds to his legs. This wasn’t the first time this student had been attacked on campus. A few months earlier, a different student slammed his head into the concrete. He reported that incident too.
I applaud this student for being brave enough to come forward. It takes guts to speak out against bullying.
Anyone who caught the RTA, or the “Rita” as we called it, to school in New Orleans in the 1990s or 2000s has a wild story or two to tell about extreme bullying.
Its governing board had just been replaced through a process in essence mandated by the state government, and several of the new members had already resigned. Its two founding school leaders had publicly parted ways with the school, the temporary school leader was under increasing public scrutiny — as were the school’s finances. Disagreements over the causes of the problems sharply divided parents, and monthly board meetings were balancing acts between simmering tensions and open acrimony.
Reflecting the atmosphere of uncertainty, Bartlett was appointed school CEO last year with “interim” very publicly affixed to his title, and board members promised another search for a permanent successor. Against that background, then, the same board’s decision Monday night to make Bartlett the permanent CEO with a more-than-20 percent salary increase — and applause from parents who had been some of the school’s sharpest critics — was all the more striking.
The Louise S. McGehee School has acquired a historic home on St. Charles Avenue to become Mathilde Hall for its early-childhood program, honoring educator Mathilde Bernard Villere with a gift of the building from her family.
Construction work at Lusher Charter School’s Willow Street campus will not start this fall as originally planned, school officials said this weekend.
A Lusher High School senior has been chosen out of 13,000 students across the country as a 2014 National Student Poet by First Lady Michelle Obama, and joined her at the White House this week for a poetry reading.