It’s Getting Hard to Stay Civil… HR 610 and the threat to schools

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 Read more about It’s Getting Hard to Stay Civil… HR 610 and the threat to schools[…]

OPEN on equity: “Children bring their communities with them in their backpacks”

OPEN director Nahliah Webber on the Midcity Messenger: “Children bring their communities with them in their backpacks,” she said. “So whatever is going on in their neighborhoods is with them, so we need to have a larger conversation about what’s going on around them and how to solve it.” Webber said OPEN is working to Read more about OPEN on equity: “Children bring their communities with them in their backpacks”[…]

New data on school closure and charter takeovers from ERA NOLA

Analyzing the impact of closures and takeovers on student outcomes in both New Orleans and Baton Rouge from 2008-2012 Extreme Measures: When and How School Closures and Charter Takeovers Benefit Students Panel & Report Release Monday, October 17, 2016 | 5:30pm — 7:30pm CST On October 17, the Education Research Alliance for New Orleans will publicly Read more about New data on school closure and charter takeovers from ERA NOLA[…]

Letter from the Executive Director: The Bigger Conversation

Friends of OPEN, As I settle into my role as OPEN’s new Executive Director I’ve been having a lot of conversations around the city about equity in schools and OPEN’s part in creating it. You may have been hearing this word “equity” a lot lately. From school board meetings to casual conversations with educator friends, Read more about Letter from the Executive Director: The Bigger Conversation[…]

Unification is an idea whose time has come

Our own Deirdre Johnson Burel spoke at a panel hosted by the 100 Black Men of Greater New Orleans on April 20th. From The Louisiana Weekly: As legislation moves through the house and senate seeking an end to the fractured system of education governance in New Orleans, the 100 Black Men of Metro New Orleans Read more about Unification is an idea whose time has come[…]

An OPEN Letter to Orleans Parish School Board: Differentiated Funding, Equity, and Accountability

Friends of OPEN,Today, the Orleans Parish School Board will take up the matter of approving a differentiated funding formula for New Orleans as called for in Act 467. While there is much debate about this particular policy, there are four considerations I would hope guide tonight’s debate and ultimately inform the resolution of this issue: Equity in funding is needed – public Read more about An OPEN Letter to Orleans Parish School Board: Differentiated Funding, Equity, and Accountability[…]

OPEN Partners With Community Organizations in Calling On BESE to Support More Equitable Funding Formula

In a statement released on February 24, OPEN joined with in the movement calling upon the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education to create a more fair and equitable funding formula for our schools. Click here to read the letter in its entirety. EXCERPTED: “This March, the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) will have Read more about OPEN Partners With Community Organizations in Calling On BESE to Support More Equitable Funding Formula[…]

Deirdre Johnson Burel on WWNO: School Choice and Educational Equity

On January 20, Deirdre Johnson Burel made an appearance on WWNO as part of the Southern Education Desk series, saying “[t]he argument against school choice is really about the power of the school as the nexus of community. That schools are really anchors to community. And we should invest in quality schools in every neighborhood.” She says more Read more about Deirdre Johnson Burel on WWNO: School Choice and Educational Equity[…]

Participatory research in support of quality public education in New Orleans

In 2012, OPEN joined Drs. Elizabeth Drame and Elise Frattura of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for a multi-year participatory action research (PAR) project to engage historically marginalized populations and parents in a dialogue about their impressions of and hopes for public education, and have released the results of that study in an article in the Read more about Participatory research in support of quality public education in New Orleans[…]

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