Education Theater

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Another season of educational theater… It’s that time of the year again, when all sides don their masks to begin the annual educational theater season, where we all pretend we know where the school performance scores come from and what they mean about the quality of our public education system.   You can feel the […]

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 […]

May 19th OPEN Policy Breakfast — Panel Lineup Now Announced!

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Join OPEN for a morning of data and discussion on the education policies shaping Louisiana’s future, with commentary from: KEYNOTE SPEAKER The Honorable LaToya Cantrell New Orleans City Council, District B; 2017 Mayoral Candidate PANEL I: Ready for School, Ready for Life — Louisiana Early Childhood Supports Moderator: Melanie Bronfin, Executive Director, Louisiana Policy Institute for […]