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! Good […]

When We Talk About Race

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In the policy arena, process is as important as product. The conversations, debates, and deliberative process are all indicative of the opinions, values and systems embedded in the policies that we create for ourselves and others. This was the most evident last Thursday, March 22 at the Senate Education Committee hearing of Senate Bill 292 […]

Louisiana Legislative Session 2018: Education Bills to Watch

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The newest policy and legislative developments in Louisiana education, summarized and annotated by Orleans Public Education Network. This is a still-developing list and will be continually updated throughout the session. This is not a full list of all movements up before the legislature; to access that list, please click here. Highlighted in red are bills […]