#PolicyforthePeople Bills to Watch: HB338

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Tell schools to keep their codes (and hands) out of Black kid’s hair!   HB 338 is an education bill that addresses bullying, harassment, and discrimination policy. The bill requires schools to take reasonable steps to prevent and eliminate discrimination against students and also requests increased work on community engagement and discrimination-related training for school […]

Policy Breakfast 2018 Materials & Documents

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Thank you for joining OPEN’s 2018 Policy Breakfast! Click the links below for resources, materials and more: BREAKFAST MATERIALS • Program Agenda & Speakers • About the Education Policy Fellowship Program • Nominate an EPFP Fellow • Breakfast Evaluation • New Orleans Equity Index Report: Executive Summary/Two-Pager • New Orleans Equity Index Report   EPFP 2017-18 Presentations • Ashley Daniels-Hall and Robyn Madison-Harris, […]

Our Young Men Need Strong Mentors, by Vincent Brown

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I see a lack of mentorship for our kids today, especially for our young men. I’m particularly looking at the African-American community and at our children in poverty. When I worked on conflict resolution at Priestley High School, there were many Teach For America teachers who were well intentioned but didn’t know what they were […]

Colors In Bloom

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FLTI graduate Amauunet Ashe has big dreams — and colorful ones, too. Her “Color Garden” opened in 2014 at Young Audiences Charter School, offers kids hands-on experience planting, nurturing, and harvesting healthy food as part of her Nutrition Adventure community project.This colorful patch of flowers, fruits and vegetables serves as a site for children to […]