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Nov 282018

(Mid-City Messenger)

Some local schools are providing an opportunity for shoppers to skip the malls on Saturday in favor of holiday boutiques and fairs.

At these fairs, you can support New Orleans children while crossing items off your Christmas shopping list. At the same time, you can second-line with Santa, buy a tree or wreath in a Magical Forest or let it sneaux at a French market while listening to Little Freddie King.

The schools holding fairs Uptown on Saturday include De La Salle High School, the Waldorf School of New Orleans and Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orleans. Continue reading »

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Nov 142018

The Edgar P. Harney Spirit of Excellence Academy on Willow Street is losing its charter and is expected to close at the end of the school year, Orleans Parish school Superintendent Henderson Lewis Jr. told Orleans Parish School Board committee members on Tuesday.

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Nov 122018

New Orleans luminaries dance-off to benefit arts education

Inspired by ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, the 9th Annual Young Audiences Dancing for the Arts gala will feature local community leaders competing on the dance floor with professional dancers for the coveted People’s Choice Award.

The gala will be held at Harrah’s Casino Theatre this Friday, Nov. 16 from 7 to 11 p.m., starting with a red carpet reception and cocktail hour. Festivities will also include a silent auction, open bar, fine fare, and entertainment. Continue reading »

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Nov 072018
Lusher CEO Kathy Riedlinger

Lusher CEO Kathy Riedlinger

Lusher Charter School CEO Kathy Hurstell Riedlinger was awarded the 2018 Terrel H. Bell Award for Outstanding School Leadership on Wednesday, Nov. 7.

Joined by New Orleans School Board Superintendent Henderson Lewis, she received the U.S. Department of Education award during a ceremony in Washington, D.C.

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Nov 052018

The courtyard of the Benjamin Banneker school building, most recently used by KIPP Believe. (Robert Morris,

Audubon Charter School expects that the renovations needed at the Banneker campus will take about two years before students can move in, an issue that is causing some tension with the Orleans Parish School Board, officials said Monday night. Continue reading »

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Oct 302018

A Walter L. Cohen College Prep student marches in the Krewe of Oshun in February 2018. (Robert Morris,

After dozens of students, parents and teachers complained to the board of New Orleans College Prep earlier this month about the impact of emergency layoffs, officials at the charter network promised Monday they have determined the system’s finances have stabilized and that no more layoffs are expected.

“Our finances are stable, which means we do not foresee any need for further layoffs,” said College Prep board chair Patrick Norton. Continue reading »

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Oct 242018

A free Kindergarten Readiness Forum featuring a panel of educators and administrators from local public and private schools will be held at 6 p.m. tonight (Wednesday, Oct. 24) at the Jewish Community Center on St. Charles Avenue.

Sponsored by the JCC, the Parenting Center at Children’s Hospital, and the Jewish Community Day School, the readiness forum is “designed to demystify the kindergarten enrollment process, which can often be confusing and stressful for families.” Continue reading »

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Oct 202018

Lusher Charter School on Willow Street. (Robert Morris,

Lusher Charter School will reserve a portion of its kindergarten seats for students from economically disadvantaged families in the next school year, partly in response to removing the neighborhood-based admissions district two years ago, officials said Saturday morning. Continue reading »

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Oct 092018

Benjamin Franklin High School Most Likely to Succeed class picture

Students, faculty, staff, and parents at Ben Franklin High School will open the school’s gates on Thursday, Oct. 11, and greet prospective students and their families from across New Orleans for an up-close look at the Ben Franklin experience.

“Our students love to offer a one-on-one guided tour for each visitor, discovering where their interests are, what inspires them, and how they can find that at Ben Franklin,” says Admissions Director Lynn Jenkins. “I find ninth graders to be some of our very best ambassadors because they can really explain to prospective students what the transition was like from middle school to Franklin and what they can expect.” Continue reading »

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Oct 042018

Cohen College Prep High School student Destiny Jackson addresses the charter network’s governing board on Sept. 24, 2018. (still image from video by Uptown Messenger)

After an unexpectedly low student enrollment this fall at Walter L. Cohen high school and Crocker elementary led to a handful of staff layoffs by the New Orleans College Prep administration last month, teachers and families from both schools pleaded with the charter network’s governing board to find a way to shore up the struggling school communities.

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Sep 132018

Center for Developmental Learning vice president Frank Williams, Chair Holly Sharpe, speaker Dr. Tim Shanahan and Lusher CEO Kathy Riedlinger at a symposium Wednesday on the importance of early literacy. (photo by Danae Columbus for

Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus, opinion columnist

With an overall enrollment of more than 1700 students, Lusher Charter School CEO Kathy Riedlinger understands the importance of her students developing strong reading skills at an early age. That’s why Riedlinger, her elementary principal and two other Lusher leaders attended a symposium yesterday hosted by the Center for Development and Learning (CDL), a non-profit whose mission is to improve the life chance of all children, especially those at high risk. Continue reading »

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Sep 112018

Rendering by Kronberg Wall architects (courtesy of Ecole Bilingue)

Ecole Bilingue de la Nouvelle Orleans, the French-immersion private elementary school, will hold a groundbreaking ceremony Friday for its latest expansion, a center for arts and athletics in former historic Magazine Street shopfront. Continue reading »

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Sep 042018

All Orleans Parish schools will remain closed on Wednesday as Tropical Storm Gordon proceeds toward an expected hurricane-strength landfall overnight, officials said Tuesday afternoon. Continue reading »

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Sep 032018

Due to inclement weather from Tropical Storm Gordon, the Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB) has announced that all public schools in Orleans Parish will be closed on Tuesday, Sep. 4.

Students and families are urged to adhere to city-wide recommendations concerning the storm. Announcements regarding additional days will be forthcoming. Continue reading »