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 […]

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 […]

Announcing a whole week of parent-centric October events!

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Parents’ Night Out NOLA is a one-week popup event series for parents and caregivers, giving you clear answers and actionable information on your children’s education. Events cover a range of topics, centering around the structures, organizations and resources to help students grow and thrive. Every morning you’ll get resources, tools, and webinars from experts in the field. After […]

The New Orleans Equity Index Is LIVE!

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After almost two years of research and analysis, OPEN and its partners are thrilled to present the New Orleans Education Equity Index. This first-of-its-kind data tool covers a wide range of statistics on how schools are serving the diverse needs of New Orleans learners. Users can view individual school profiles or examine system-wide performance in […]