Oct 242016
 
Lusher Charter School. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Lusher Charter School. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Lusher Charter School governing board plans to drop its lawsuit over the Orleans Parish School Board’s new school-funding formula for this year, but may revive it if the formula is changed again to create any deeper cuts to the school’s budget in the future. Continue reading »

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Oct 202016
 

lyceeThe Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans board met this Monday and praised the school’s athletics program for their first victory in flag football and for 5th grader Chase Duvernay winning a medal in every cross country event this fall sports season — the first student athlete to win a sports medal in the young school’s history. Continue reading »

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Oct 172016
 

David Alvarez (via Facebook)

David Alvarez (via Facebook)

Woody Koppel

Woody Koppel

The next few years will bring the the long-awaited reunification of nearly all the city’s public schools under a single entity governed by a locally-elected Orleans Parish School Board. While only three of the seven seats on the board are contested in the Nov. 8 election, one is District 6 in Uptown and Carrollton, where incumbent Woody Koppel will face a challenge from neighborhood activist David Alvarez. Continue reading »

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Oct 122016
 

inpisrenola-logoInspireNOLA is pleased to present its second annual fundraising gala “Reaching New Heights” on Thursday, October 20, at Alice M. Harte Charter School (5300 Berkley Drive, New Orleans, LA 70131) from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Every year, InspireNOLA honors members of the community for going above and beyond with regards to service for others. The 2016 Inspiration Award honorees are: Andrea Chen, Executive Director of Propeller; Kenneth Polite, U. S. Attorney; Lloyd Dennis, Executive Director of the Silverback Society; Alon Shaya, Executive Chef and Partner of Domenica, Pizza Domenica and Shaya; and Karen Carter Peterson, Louisiana State Senator. Continue reading »

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Oct 042016
 
The building at 3101 Erato Street, photographed in April 2016. (via Google Maps)

The building at 3101 Erato Street, photographed in April 2016. (via Google Maps)

By Claire Byun

A proposed low-barrier homeless shelter marketed as key to reducing the city’s homeless population is already drawing fire from school and community groups. Continue reading »

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Sep 292016
 

Austin Taets (Orleans Parish booking photo)

Austin Taets (Orleans Parish booking photo)

(via Iowa Sex Offender Registry)

(via Iowa Sex Offender Registry)

The police chase that led to lockdowns at Isidore Newman School and Lusher Charter School’s Freret campus on Thursday ended with the arrest of a wanted sex offender from Iowa who was also a suspect in a break-in earlier this week on State Street, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

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Sep 282016
 
Jean-Paul Villere

Jean-Paul Villere

Tuesday morning I awoke abruptly just before 4 a.m. from a dream.  Convinced I was awake for the day, I decided to send a few emails.  While clacking out my correspondence in the dead silence of pre-dawn I heard in the not-too-far distance successive gunshots.  I thought it was about eight rounds.  Maybe it was seven.  But does it even matter how many there were?  I called 911.  They took my location, name, etc.  Then I went for a run.  And this is normal in New Orleans.  At least for now. Continue reading »

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Sep 232016
 
French consul Gregor Trumel speaks as Lycee CEO Keith Bartlett listens Sept. 15 at the ribbon cutting for the school's newest location at Central St. Matthew UCC on South Carrollton Avenue. (via Lycee Francais on Facebook)

French consul Gregor Trumel speaks as Lycee CEO Keith Bartlett listens Sept. 15 at the ribbon cutting for the school’s newest location at Central St. Matthew UCC on South Carrollton Avenue. (via Lycee Francais on Facebook)

After starting classes at its new temporary location on South Carrollton Avenue this fall, Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans is already looking for ways to maximize its use of the space as the school continues to grow, officials said this week. Continue reading »

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Sep 192016
 
The McDonogh 7 building, photographed in May 2013, is home to Audubon Charter's upper school. (UptownMessenger.com file photo)

The McDonogh 7 building, photographed in May 2013, is home to Audubon Charter’s upper school. (UptownMessenger.com file photo)

By Claire Byun

Audubon Charter is considering expanding to a third location, but school officials stressed Saturday morning that the expansion is “only an idea” at this point. Continue reading »

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Sep 162016
 
U.S. Secretary of Education John King discusses an experiment on soil samples with students Shamon Gurley and Jordyn Smith in Ariee Smith's AP Environmental Science class. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

U.S. Secretary of Education John King discusses an experiment on soil samples with students Shamon Gurley and Jordyn Smith in Ariee Smith’s AP Environmental Science class. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

When U.S. Secretary of Education John King visited Walter Cohen College Prep High School on Friday afternoon in recognition of its dramatic increase in test scores, former board member Kenneth Polite asked him one of the most difficult questions facing the New Orleans education landscape: Why are the city’s public schools so segregated, and what can make them more diverse? Continue reading »

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Sep 162016
 
The building at 4310 Magazine Street will become an expansion of Ecole Bilingue, as Peaches Records has now moved into the larger building next door. (image via Google)

The building at 4310 Magazine Street will become an expansion of Ecole Bilingue, as Peaches Records has now moved into the larger building next door. (image via Google)

The former Top Drawer annex building on Magazine Street will become an expansion site for Ecole Bilingue de la Nouvelle Orleans, and the school will hold a meeting tonight to share its plans with neighbors. Continue reading »

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Sep 152016
 
A rendering of the play yard planned for Stuart Hall School for Boys on South Carrollton Avenue (via City of New Orleans)

A rendering of the play yard planned for Stuart Hall School for Boys on South Carrollton Avenue (via City of New Orleans)

The house at 2014-2018 South Carrollton will be demolished to make way for the play yard. (via City of New Orleans)

The house at 2014-2018 South Carrollton will be demolished to make way for the play yard. (via City of New Orleans)

Stuart Hall School for Boys easily won approval for its plan to replace a vacant home on South Carrollton Avenue with a new play yard, even though the request renewed neighbors’ complaints about traffic that have been festering for more than a decade. Continue reading »

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Sep 152016
 
Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus

As Election Day grows closer, there is lots of political jockeying at the national and local level. Hillary Clinton has decided to be more open about her health, Donald Trump is calling for paid maternity leave and tax credits for working parents, and Sept. 16 birthday boy Governor John Bel Edwards is making progress after two relatively successful trips to Washington to help flood victims. Continue reading »

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Sep 122016
 
Eboni Walker (right) shows off a brightly painted classroom at Hoffman to New Orleans College Prep board members during a campus tour in October 2015. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Eboni Walker (right) shows off a brightly painted classroom at the Hoffman site to New Orleans College Prep board members during a campus tour in October 2015. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Building on an experiment in mixed-income preschool classes launched this year, the New Orleans College Prep charter-school network plans to expand its Hoffman campus to serve 228 students from ages 0 to 4 starting next year, officials said Monday. Continue reading »

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Aug 222016
 

Lusher logoChunlin Leonhard was removed by her colleagues from the governing board of Lusher Charter School this weekend amid continuing fallout over the effort earlier this year to create a teacher’s union, and the school board will have a new president as well, according to a report by The Lens. Continue reading »

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Aug 172016
 
Sandra Stokes of the Louisiana Landmarks Society speaks in front of the Carrollton Courthouse on Wednesday, June 24. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Sandra Stokes of the Louisiana Landmarks Society speaks in front of the Carrollton Courthouse on Wednesday, June 24. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Orleans Parish School Board plans to ask the city to allow a wider use of land-use options on the Carrollton Courthouse property in preparation for its upcoming sale, drawing a range of reactions from neighbors and preservationists this week. Continue reading »

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Aug 102016
 
The current site plan for the Lycee Francais renovations of the Priestley campus in Carrollton. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The current site plan for the Lycee Francais renovations of the Priestley campus in Carrollton. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Acknowledging that the plan is “ambitious,” Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans officials believe they can renovate the former Priestley school campus in Carrollton in time to move in by January 2019, they told neighbors on Wednesday night. Continue reading »

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Aug 092016
 
(via nola.gov)

(via nola.gov)

The New Orleans Recreation Development Commission (NORDC) will host two Back to School Fall Expos on Saturday, August 13, where families can learn more about NORDC Fall programming, activities and upcoming events such as Athletics, Youth and Teen Programs, Fitness, Dance, Arts, and more. The Fall Expo for the Uptown area will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Lyons Recreation Center, 624 Louisiana Avenue, and it is free and open to the public. Continue reading »

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Aug 082016
 
Jim McPhaille examines the Priestley gym during a walk-through by Lycee Francais officials in June 2014. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Jim McPhaille examines the Priestley gym during a walk-through by Lycee Francais officials in June 2014. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

School leaders at Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans have decided to renovate the old gym at the Priestley campus in Carrollton rather than demolish it, and are even considering returning it to use even prior to the rest of the campus, they said Monday evening as they prepare to meet with neighbors about their plans on Wednesday. Continue reading »

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