Katy Reckdahl

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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

For Devante Lee, the year that Katrina happened basically doesn’t exist. He believes that others his age also avoid looking back. Only now, a decade later, are advocates and researchers beginning to grasp the lasting effects of this post-storm duress. (Photograph by Tyrone Turner)

The lost children of Katrina

A decade after the hurricane, New Orleans grapples with the effects of missed schooling, mass displacement

Carmen Demourelle and her youngest son, Steven Alexander. (Photo: Cheryl Gerber)

Who is the biggest victim of America’s prison boom?

NEW ORLEANS – Steven Alexander was in sixth grade when his mother, Carmen Demourelle, was sentenced to twelve years in prison for pickpocketing in New Orleans’s French Quarter. Though she…