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African American teachers

With a teacher like me, ‘Would I have turned out better?’

Part 2 of 2: In New Orleans, a reluctant teacher finds his voice and, possibly, his purpose

A new teacher vows to help in a classroom full of need: “Under the right conditions, they’d be stars”

PART 1 of 2: A new report finds the attrition rate for New Orleans teachers to be twice that of other cities, a number that’s been increasing sharply in the last decade. New training programs aim to stem the flood.

Marching in Mardi Gras, a New Orleans school that once struggled shows off

The alumni of a school demolished after Hurricane Katrina rallied to keep it alive after it was taken over by charter operators. A decade later, the school’s marching band is one sign of how far it’s come

Leona Tate, 64, who helped to desegregate the Deep South when she was six years old.

As a 6-year-old, Leona Tate helped desegregate schools. Now she wants others to learn that history

Tate plans to open an educational center in the New Orleans school she attended as one of only three black students in 1960

Laci Hargrove, 18, who fell short of the high school credits she needed to graduate, moved straight from high school to a HiSET-prep program that also provides her with needed social supports.

Getting a GED while still enrolled in high school

High schools in New Orleans try a new way to keep at-risk kids from dropping out

Domonique Crosby raises her hand in calculus class at George Washington Carver High School.

Held back, but not helped

Louisiana reverses course on its strict policy to hold back students who fail standardized tests. Instead, it will add supports to help them pass.

Second grade teacher Lynnon Carney helps a student with math at Arise Academy.

Charter schools aren’t measuring up to their promises

Ambitious goals were not uncommon in New Orleans charter schools, but rarely achieved

A new movement to treat troubled children as ‘sad, not bad’

Some New Orleans charters ditch the ‘No Excuses’ model in favor of trauma-informed teaching

Twitter and Instagram are letting kids pick (and plan) schoolyard fights even when they aren’t in class

Resentment over online insults ignites brawls in and near schools

Can a nonprofit turn around a school in a juvenile detention facility?

As CEEAS takes over the school in the New Orleans juvenile detention center, its teachers hope to engage students lagging in classroom basics. Photo: courtesy of Center…

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