Katy Reckdahl

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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…

Leading by example: Black male teachers make students ‘feel proud’

Small but growing number of teacher-training programs say black men uniquely suited to help young black students excel

Deshon Leggett, 16, is determined to be a mechanic but will need some help getting there after he finishes his bike-shop apprenticeship.

Forget shop class: New Orleans is trying to train black youth for a constantly shifting job market

Programs move outside of classroom to give on-the-job training