Mar 282017

The Cohen College Prep High School band marches with the Krewe of Carrollton on Napoleon Avenue on Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017. (Robert Morris,

The New Orleans College Prep governing board voted Tuesday evening against returning either Cohen College Prep High School or Crocker College Prep to the oversight of the Orleans Parish School Board for the next school year, meaning all the charter network’s schools will return at once the following year with the rest of the schools around the city. Continue reading »

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Mar 222017

The International School of Louisiana’s Camp Street campus. (

When the International School of Louisiana’s Jefferson Parish campus closes at the end of this school year, nearly 350 of its students have signed up to transfer into ISL’s campuses in New Orleans, officials said Wednesday night. Continue reading »

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Mar 202017

The McDonogh No. 7 building on Milan Street in the Touro neighborhood. (Robert Morris,

Teachers at Audubon Charter School are becoming increasingly frustrated with conditions at the school’s Milan Street campus, and have voiced numerous concerns over issues like cramped classrooms, faltering heating and cooling systems and broken playground equipment. Continue reading »

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Mar 132017

The former James Weldon Johnson Elementary School, photographed in 2011, may become the temporary home for Lycee Francais. ( file photo)

The Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans charter school will proceed with its move to the vacant James Weldon Johnson school building in Carrollton for next year, after a cafeteria full of parents Monday night expressed their anxiety about safety at the location and frustration with repeated moves. Continue reading »

Mar 132017

Audubon Principal Latoye Brown speaks to attendees of the Gentilly Terrace and Gardens Improvement Association Neighborhood meeting inside the cafeteria at the Gentilly Terrace Elementary School. Audubon Charter School would prefer Gentilly Terrace Elementary School to be its second charter school location. (Jamal Melancon, Gentilly Messenger)

Audubon Charter School has selected the Gentilly Terrace school building as its top preference for a location to create a second school, its leaders told neighbors there last week.

The new school would combine several features of the Uptown school, instructing students in French and using Montessori techniques to teach the Louisiana curriculum, principal Latoye Brown said to the neighborhood association on Wednesday.

For more details, read the full article by reporter Jamal Melancon in our sibling publication, Gentilly Messenger.

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Mar 102017

YA Author Angie Thomas, and her Bestseller, “The Hate U Give” (via Academy of the Sacred Heart)

Young Adult Author Angie Thomas will discuss her debut novel The Hate U Give in a Q&A open format during the SCBWI JambaLAya KidLit Conference at the Academy of the Sacred Heart on Saturday, March 11. The Hate U Give was #1 seller on Amazon prior to its February 28 release, and has become #1 on the New York Times Best Seller list among Young Adult Hardcover titles. Continue reading »

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Mar 082017

The Cohen College Prep High School band marches with the Mystic Krewe of Nyx on Magazine Street on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017. (Robert Morris,

After New Orleans College Prep identified a list of intervention efforts to bring test scores at Sylvanie Williams elementary high enough to retain its charter, a local foundation pledged a $30,000 infusion to help pay for the forms of extra coaching for students, officials said. Continue reading »

Feb 212017

Children read and play at a holiday fundraiser for Lycee Francais in 2011. (file photo by Sabree Hill,

The governing board of Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans voted Monday night to dedicate another $10,000 to the legal fight against a lawsuit before the state Supreme Court that seeks to deem funding for some charter schools unconstitutional. Continue reading »

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Feb 152017

Lusher Charter School. (Robert Morris,

The Lusher Charter School governing board voted Wednesday night in favor of a structural change that will place it more directly in charge of federal funds for special education and other services, with less involvement from the Orleans Parish School Board. Continue reading »

Feb 142017

OPSB Surplus Auction-Carrollton Courthouse from Windfeel Properties on Vimeo.

The former Carrollton Courthouse — built in 1855 by one of the city’s premier architects, used as a school on-and-off since 1889, and a top priority for preservation by local historians — is set for public auction in March, with an open house for potential buyers next week. Continue reading »

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Feb 142017

The Uptown Swingers second line passes Samuel J. Green Charter School on Valence Street in 2013. (Robert Morris,

Firstline Schools, the network of schools that includes Green Charter in the Freret neighborhood and four others in Treme and Gentilly, plans to return to the oversight of the Orleans Parish School Board, officials announced. Continue reading »

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Feb 062017

Students from Sylvanie Williams College Prep marching band perform in the 2016 Martin Luther King Day parade. (Robert Morris,

The academic leader of the New Orleans College Prep charter network resigned unexpectedly last week as the organization struggles to improve test scores at its first campus enough to prevent the state from revoking its charter. Continue reading »

Jan 262017

Sylvanie Williams College Prep performs in the Krewe of Freret parade on Napoleon Avenue in 2016. (Robert Morris,

Sylvanie Williams elementary school was the first campus awarded to the New Orleans College Prep charter network eight years ago, and now officials are pouring their resources into improving the struggling school’s grades enough to hold on to its charter. Continue reading »

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Jan 212017

Audubon Charter School and OPSB officials cut a ceremonial ribbon at Audubon Charter School’s renovated Broadway campus in August 2015. Audubon is considering launching a new campus in the fall of 2018. (Robert Morris,

Audubon Charter School must decide within the month whether to it will launch a new campus in another part of the city in the fall of 2018 that would combine a French-immersion curriculum with Montessori techniques. Continue reading »