It’s not about the failings of public education, it’s about how we fail to show up for Black and brown children. Part 1: What’s Failing? Public education is the first, largest, and most influential public system most American citizens will encounter in their life. This school year, 91% of America’s school-age children are enrolled in […]
Never a dull moment in New Orleans public schools. For a system with approximately only 40,000 kids, it surely knows how to pack in the drama with what feels like weekly episodes of new, tragic and increasingly complex shenanigans. The latest story arc has been focused on the trials and tribulations of Edgar P. Harney […]
New Orleans charter Crescent Leadership Academy — the city’s only alternative setting for middle school students — has announced it will shut down October 31st, in the middle of the school year, for financial reasons. Though OPEN has concerns about how this could happen, we are especially concerned about what it says about equity in […]
The newest research from Professor Heckman and colleagues finds 13% ROI for comprehensive, high-quality, birth-to-five early education. This research analyzes a wide variety of life outcomes, such as health, crime, income, IQ, schooling, and the increase in a mother’s income after returning to work due to childcare. ABC/CARE collected data on the participants throughout childhood […]
The Equity Index project seeks to provide transparency and accountability to help inform decision-making about education in New Orleans. We envision a city where every school values and promotes equity in policy and practice and all children receive an education that affirms their fundamental dignity and helps them thrive.
The Casey Foundation’s 2018 KIDS COUNT® Data Book warns that the 2020 census is mired in challenges that could shortchange the official census count by at least 1 million kids younger than age 5. This discrepancy would put hundreds of millions of federal dollars at risk and, in doing so, underfund programs that are critical […]
Welcome to OPEN’s 2018 Education Legislative Recap! This is a broad overview of this year’s education policy developments, highlighting the most important outcomes by topic area. Want more details? Check out the full list on the OPEN blog. A JUST START Children as young as five years old walking into kindergarten already behind is not […]
Tony Harris takes a personal look at Baltimore’s inner city and an education system that has failed black Americans.