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”[…]

Help the students and families affected by tornadoes

OPEN expresses its deep concern for the schools, students and families impacted by the February 7 tornado in New Orleans East. Our staff is dedicated to connecting the affected communities, parents and children with the resources they need to recover. Over the next week we’ll be posting detailed information about relief efforts and what you Read more about Help the students and families affected by tornadoes[…]

Drumroll, please…

We are thrilled to announce the honorees of the 2017 Orleans Public Education Awards, celebrating the schools and individuals that are shaping our city’s future. Click here to read about the award selection process, buy your tickets today, or read on for the final lineup: ABSOLUTE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD, Elementary SchoolGiven to elementary schools that have consistently Read more about Drumroll, please…[…]

McDonogh #42 — New Charter Operator Applications due January 4

 RSD to convene parent and community review panel as part of charter school operator selection process The Recovery School District (RSD) has released the 2017-18 Request for Applications (RFA) process for charter school organizations interested in operating McDonogh #42 Elementary Charter School in New Orleans. On December 6th, the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Read more about McDonogh #42 — New Charter Operator Applications due January 4[…]

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[…]

Parent Leadership in the News — StoryCorps Interview with Saundra Reed

The StoryCorps is in New Orleans! This independent radio project has a mission to “preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world,” and in December our own Saundra Reed and Deirdre Johnson Burel went on the mic to talk about parent leadership, the Louisiana Children’s Museum and the vital Read more about Parent Leadership in the News — StoryCorps Interview with Saundra Reed[…]

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