“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that a student was raped on the campus of Lusher High School has been proven to be untrue and the victim has since withdrawn her complaint, school and New Orleans police officials said Wednesday morning.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.
As Audubon Charter School prepares to return to its original Broadway Street campus, the Orleans Parish School Board has reached a settlement agreement with neighbors — despite Audubon officials’ concerns about the terms.
Loyola Medieval Studies and the Krewe de Jeanne d’Arc are co-sponsoring the 5th Annual Salon de Jeanne d’Arc, a full day conference of free lectures and theater performances about Joan of Arc and the medieval times she lived in. The conference will feature Nancy Goldstone, author of “The Maid and The Queen,” and performances by Porkchop Productions and Loyola Theater.
The Orleans Parish School Board approved the recommendation of the its property committee to allow the Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans French-curriculum charter school buy the former Alfred C. Priestley school campus in west Carrollton on Tuesday night, despite protests from an activist group and legal claims by a private developer.
Standardized test scores may be rising in the city’s public schools, but those gains on paper do not translate into any meaningful improvements in the lives of the city’s poorest students, said former New Orleans education official and activist Dr. Andre Perry. Challenging school reformers’ beliefs that a wholesale restructuring of the education system will create a better society, Perry added that all social conditions that plague New Orleans’ poor and African-American neighborhoods still persist even after 10 years of school reforms.
The best first step the city can take to real improvements for the African-American community, Perry said, is to begin searching for a way to reconcile with the thousands of teachers who were wrongfully fired after Hurricane Katrina.
The annual Rising Tide “Conference on the Future of New Orleans” will host educator Dr. Andre Perry as its keynote speaker, with panel discussions on the lost histories of New Orleans’ Palmer Park, community organizing, government waste and finding religion in the city, as well as “tech school” sessions on using social media in publishing.