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 […]

New data on school closure and charter takeovers from ERA NOLA

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Analyzing the impact of closures and takeovers on student outcomes in both New Orleans and Baton Rouge from 2008-2012Extreme Measures: When and How School Closures and Charter Takeovers Benefit Students Panel & Report Release Monday, October 17, 2016 | 5:30pm — 7:30pm CSTOn October 17, the Education Research Alliance for New Orleans will publicly release a […]

Letter from the Executive Director: The Bigger Conversation

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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, […]

Unification is an idea whose time has come

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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 […]

“Yesterday was the time for schools to return.”

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OPEN Director and 100 Black Men’s Jonathan Wilson appeared on WBOK’s Good Morning Show with Oliver Thomas to talk about the call for unification in bringing New Orleans schools back to the community, equitable funding, and the critical anchors of equity, transparency, and accountability. Click here to listen to the full interview!

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

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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 […]

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

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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 […]