OPEN Commemorates Black History in Education

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The relationship between Black Americans and the public education system has historically been a fraught one, driven by tension between Black citizens’ desire for educational opportunities and white power-holders’ determination to keep them out through racially-coded public policy. In fact, Black Americans’ first historical experience with public education was that of an anti–school system, consisting […]

OPENING Letter 2019, Part IV: So What’s Next?

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For much of OPEN’s nearly 10-year history we have focused on building the capacity of people to confront inequitable systems focusing on the place where they are created and negotiated: the policy table. We’ve done it all, from traditional boots-on-the-ground organizing, to policy advocacy, community leadership programs and professional development for homegrown education talent. Through […]

One Foot Out The Door: The Closing of Crescent Leadership, Public Trust, and School Accountability

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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 […]

Louisiana Education Legislation 2018: Full Recap

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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 […]

Recap: Policy Breakfast 2018

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Notes, insights and live updates from Orleans Public Education Network’s 2018 Annual Policy Breakfast. Includes Q&A responses from representatives of Orleans Parish School Board, Louisiana Department of Education, Southern Poverty Law Center and more! Psst – missed the breakfast, or want to refresh your memory? Check out the materials and speaker presentations at opennola.org/breakfastdocs! Good […]