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 […]
As part of Parents’ Night Out 2017, we spoke with a wide range of experts, advocates and parents (some of whom are all three at once!) about navigating the New Orleans school system. Special education can be one of the most challenging areas for families to effectively navigate. Between the alphabet soup of jargon (IEP, […]
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 […]
Well, it seems like the new administration is wasting no time in the quest to dismantle public education. Are you ready to step up and defend it? House Bill 610 (HR 610) or the Choices in Education Act of 2017, in its own words: This bill repeals the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 […]
Check it out — a guide to making waves for your cause from our friends at the Opportunity Agenda, featuring super-powered justice advocate Helvetika Bold! The word “communications” is a necessarily broad term, referring to a range of different strategies and activities. In the social justice world we communicate about issues, big ideas, specific policies, organizations, […]
OPEN’s Policy Toolkit is a hands-on guide to championing your cause to local officials. Get step-by-step advocacy tips, sample language for letters and tweets, useful communication tactics and much more. Think that you can’t change the world? Think again. With this handy guide, advocating for your cause is both easy and effective. Click here to download!
OPEN is proud to present The People’s Agenda, a report that highlights the New Orleans community’s priorities for the future of public schools and outlines a set of strategic policy and programmatic initiatives to achieve this vision. The report began with OPEN’s ONE STEP campaign, a ten-month outreach and event series that was the first […]