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  • Dear NOLA-PS Community Members,

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    August 27, 2021
    Dear NOLA-PS Community Members, As the month of August draws to a close, we find ourselves in familiar territory. School is in session. Our students have all had their first days, our schools are sorting out the usual bumps and hiccups that accompany the first few weeks of every school year, and yes, it is hurricane season! That would be par for the course, if not COVID-19 and the community spread of the Delta variant. Under that added level of difficulty, I cannot say enough how proud I am of...
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  • Dear NOLA-PS Community Members,

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    August 27, 2021
    Dear Community Members, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, a time for us to honor the survivors, remember those we have lost, and amplify our support for those searching for a cure. I urge you to take a moment to reflect on the women in our lives including our mothers, aunts, sisters and daughters are in your life, and let’s come together to bring an end to this disease.  October is also a time to reflect on the importance of educators in our lives. As the weather begins to cool and our...
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  • Dear NOLA-PS Community Members,

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    July 23, 2021
    Dear NOLA-PS Community Members, School is back in session. I watched students arrive for their first day of class last week, and I could see the joy in their eyes and in the eyes of their teachers who greeted them. It was clearly time for everyone to come back together, ready to learn. I wish I could say I also saw their broad smiles, but I will have to wait for those a while longer. Instead, I was appreciative to see everyone wearing masks and taking great care to apply all the techniques we...
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  • Dear NOLA-PS Community Members,

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    July 23, 2021
    The new school year is just around the corner. As a parent and educator, I know the juggling act it takes in a normal summer to get a child ready for class: purchasing uniforms, filling out paperwork, lining up bus schedules or carpools, multiple trips to stores for school supplies. But this is not a normal summer. On top of this seasonal back-to-school ritual, we must continue to keep our children safe from the COVID-19 pandemic, now and throughout the 2021-2022 school year. What is different from...
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  • Dear NOLA-PS Community Members,

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    July 23, 2021
    The new school year is just around the corner. As a parent and educator, I know the juggling act it takes in a normal summer to get a child ready for class: purchasing uniforms, filling out paperwork, lining up bus schedules or carpools, multiple trips to stores for school supplies. But this is not a normal summer. On top of this seasonal back-to-school ritual, we must continue to keep our children safe from the COVID-19 pandemic, now and throughout the 2021-2022 school year. What is different...
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  • Dear NOLA-PS Community Members,

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    June 25, 2021
    Summer is here. The school year is over, and now is a time to celebrate the achievements of our students, our teachers, and the support staff of our public schools. I’m greeting the season with several emotions: relief that we kept our schools safe during this challenging pandemic; exhilaration that we did it in the best way possible – together; and pride for all our students accomplished and the challenges they overcame.Summer is a time for celebration. A time to relax, to be with family and...
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  • Dear NOLA-PS Community Members,

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    June 4, 2021
    We have come a long, long way. As I reflect on my six years as Superintendent of Schools, I am proud of what we have gained for our students, families, and educators of New Orleans. I am also honored by the trust this community placed in me to lead NOLA Public Schools at such an important moment in our history. We have accomplished so much, together. Our public schools New Orleans are now under local control, where they belong. We built frameworks to balance high standards with encircling support...
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  • Dear NOLA-PS Community Members,

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    May 21, 2021
    As I have stood in stadiums, gyms, and school buildings these past few weeks, watching the beaming smiles of our NOLA Public Schools seniors make their ever-important graduation marches across the stage – in-person, no less! – I have been filled with enduring gratitude. Gratitude for each and every one of our students who showed amazing resilience to keep up their studies while this pandemic upended the world around them. Gratitude to our educators, especially our teachers, who so quickly...
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  • Dear NOLA-PS Community Members,

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    May 7, 2021
    It is my hope that you are all safe, healthy, and ready to finish this unparalleled school year strong! We are closing in on the last weeks of classes, and I could not be prouder of how our school community rallied together and supported each other through this year like no other. That especially goes for our teachers, who had to juggle the needs of their students engaging over computer monitors, those spread out in their classrooms, and their own desires to deliver the highest quality...
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  • Dear NOLA-PS Community Members,

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    April 26, 2021
    Like so many of you, I watched the conviction of the ex-police officer who murdered George Floyd in Minnesota with sadness over the loss of a life, but also with renewed resolve that we owe it to each other to make the most of this tragedy. Now is the time for us to come together as a family, a school community, a city, and fight the good fight so that one day, we all see each other as fellow human beings living our lives as best we can. If not now, when? This will not be an easy road. But I...
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  • Dear Members of the NOLA-PS Community,

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    November 27, 2020
    Thanksgiving is a time for family, reflection, and unity. And while Thanksgiving celebrations may be a little bit smaller or shared over Zoom this year - this core truth remains the same. At dinner tables across New Orleans, families will have a much-needed chance to take a step back, dig into some turkey and dressing and give thanks for all that they are grateful for. This has been a challenging year for us all. Many of us have lost loved ones to the COVID-19 pandemic, felt the devastation of a historic...
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  • Dear Members of the NOLA-PS Community,

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    November 20, 2020
    This past Saturday marked the 60th anniversary of the desegregation of New Orleans Public Schools - a historic event not just for New Orleanians, but for the entire nation. On Nov. 14, 1960 Ruby Bridges, Leona Tate, Tessie Prevost, and Gail Etienne became the first African American students to be integrated into what had previously been all-white public schools in New Orleans. Together, these brave young women changed history and took an important step on the long road towards equity and...
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  • Dear Members of the NOLA-PS Community,

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    November 13, 2020
    I hope this message finds you and your loved ones safe, happy and healthy. While this school year has been one like no other, NOLA-PS’ commitment to ensuring that schools serve the needs of our students remains steadfast. Charter renewal is a critical part of this process, and one of the most important functions of NOLA-PS’ role as an authorizer. The renewal process isn’t new - it’s a transparent process that all schools in our District go through in the last year of their charter contracts. Having...
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  • Dear Members of the NOLA-PS Community,

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    November 6, 2020
    If there’s anything this year has taught us, it’s that the NOLA community is resilient. Through every challenge - from COVID-19, to a historic hurricane season, we’ve come together, pushed through and emerged stronger. After Hurricane Zeta and despite the enduring threat of the pandemic, students are back in schools and we are persevering through every challenge that comes our way. In this District, we are successfully overcoming the obstacles of 2020 by leading together. Last week, Zeta...
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  • Dear Members of the NOLA-PS Community

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    October 23, 2020
    Every day, we’re seeing more students in classrooms, reuniting with their teachers, classmates and friends. The return to school certainly hasn’t been easy, but for the future success and development of our students - every step has been worth it. When the pandemic hit, NOLA-PS laid out a comprehensive Roadmap to Reopening to guide us through these challenging times. That Roadmap has served us well - offering a foundation that we’ve built on to get our students access to the education they...
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  • Dear Members of the NOLA-PS Community,

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    October 16, 2020
    For the first time since the spring, our schools are open for in-person learning for grades K-12. Watching students light up as they reunite with teachers and friends as they return to classrooms for the first time in months has filled me with incredible joy, and I am thrilled to welcome more students back each week. I had the honor to visit students and staff at Foundation Prep this week, where I could see smiles through the masks of students and teachers and was blown away by the efforts of...
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  • Dear Members of the NOLA-PS Community

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    October 9, 2020
    I had the good fortune to be there the day our youngest learners began to safely return to the classroom and reunite with their teachers and friends. It was an incredible moment and one I won’t soon forget. Since then, our community has continued to hold strong and take the necessary precautions to stop the spread of COVID-19. Thanks to the hard work and dedication of everyone in our school community, it’s time to begin the next step in our return to in-person learning - and that means getting our...
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  • Dear Members of the NOLA-PS Community

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    October 2, 2020
    With thousands of our youngest learners back in the classroom and the month of September in the rear view mirror, we have a lot to be thankful for as we look at the road ahead. First, our reopening plans are moving forward, as we plan to welcome students back to in-person learning in grades five through twelve later this month. And, a new month gives us all an opportunity to start fresh and plan for the future, while reflecting on what makes our community stronger and more vibrant each and...
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  • Dear Members of the NOLA-PS Community

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    September 25, 2020
    Dear Members of the NOLA-PS Community, This week, it was my sincere pleasure to help welcome thousands of our PreK - 4th grade students back to school. The fact that this was possible is a testament to the strength and determination of everyone in our community - from our teachers, to our students, to families, staff and their neighbors. We look forward to continuing our progress together and working to get our older students back into classrooms in October. While our high schoolers aren’t back...
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  • Dear Members of the NOLA-PS Community

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    September 18, 2020
    I hope this message finds you safe, healthy and in good spirits. While the worst of Hurricane Sally has luckily passed over our community, I’d like to begin by sending my warmest thoughts to all of our friends and neighbors that may be impacted by this powerful storm. From the COVID-19 pandemic to an active hurricane season, 2020 has certainly been a year full of challenges that have tested the strength of our community. But through it all, New Orleanians are proving to be resilient. While we...
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  • Message From Superintendent

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    August 7, 2020
    Dear Members of the NOLA-PS Community, I hope this message finds you safe, healthy, and energized for a new school year. As all of our schools get back into full swing (though at a distance) I want to take a moment to say just how proud I am of all of our students, teachers and schools for the incredible work they’re doing despite the historic challenges our community is facing. Every day, I look to our community, and find a new reason to be thankful. Our teachers have worked hard to help turn...
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  • Message from Superintendent

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    May 15, 2020
    May 15, 2020To the 2020 NOLA Public Schools Graduating Class,May is my favorite month; it has always been reserved as a time to celebrate graduates and the next steps they are taking together. Caps, gowns, senior photos, prom, college acceptances, the promise of future job opportunities, and wonderful tributes would be some of those inspiring highlights.Unfortunately, due to COVID-19’s impact on our schools and city as a whole, we cannot celebrate together this year as we would traditionally...
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  • Message from the Superintendent

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    April 30, 2020
    Dear School Community, The importance of routine is critical for a child’s development; from the morning bell, to greeting teachers each period, to catching the bus home, maintaining a rhythm helps students stay well and grow. We know life has been anything but normal lately, but thanks to the efforts of New Orleans Public School teachers, our students have been able to maintain some semblance of their routine. ._ERbj1g7D { position: relative; } ._VWvqNvR9 { vertical-align: middle; }...
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  • NOLA Public Schools: January Highlights

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    January 31, 2020
    Dear NOLA-PS Community, I wanted to get back to you as promised by the end of this month with an update on the progress we have been making on school bus safety. As of today, we have received corrective action plans from every school in the district and of the 13 organizations that were cited, five are now in compliance.As we continue to work to ensure our children get to school and back safely each day, our schools are holding their bus vendors accountable and those vendors are making steady...
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  • INSIDE NOLA PUBLIC SCHOOLS: SCHOOL ACCOUNTABILITY

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    October 31, 2019
    Now just starting year two under our unified school system, I know we must continue to help share how we at NOLA Public Schools (NOLA-PS) support our 44,000 students and work with our 78 schools. We play many functions, but this time of year, especially as we will soon receive letter grades our role in holding schools accountable is front and center. ._ERbj1g7D { position: relative; } ._epNwrNGv { position: relative; overflow: hidden; display: inline-flex; justify-content: flex-start;...
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  • September 2019 : School Is In Session

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    September 13, 2019
    I recently highlighted two NOLA Public Schools (NOLA-PS) success stories in the New Orleans Advocate-Times Picayune Opinions section. Kayla Francois graduated in 2018 with a TOPS scholarship and just started her second year at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, majoring in Moving Image Arts and dreaming of her first solo film project. Kayla is a first-generation college student and hopes to inspire other kids to take the same path. Malik Jackson is another 2018 graduate I want you to...
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  • August 2019: Welcome Back!

    August 2019: Welcome Back!

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    August 23, 2019
    The arrival of students to campuses across our community of schools this month marks the end of summer break and the exciting start of the 2019-2020 academic year. I hope that this is a great year for all schools in NOLA Public Schools (NOLA-PS) and that we all make the most of new opportunities to better serve our students and families. I would like to share a few highlights from the summer that we have accomplished in collaboration with our schools and partners to prepare for this school...
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  • July 2019: New Orleans 2.0

    July 2019: New Orleans 2.0

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    July 26, 2019
    We are embarking on a historic new chapter when it comes to public school education in America. As of July 1, 2019, New Orleans Public Schools (NOLAPS) officially became the first of its kind in our nation to be an all charter school district and I am proud to be a part of this exciting journey. We are still an urban district serving a high-needs student population, and for me, as Superintendent, our role is unique given that we have 38 different charter management organizations operating our...
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  • June 2019:  More Funding for Classrooms

    June 2019: More Funding for Classrooms

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    June 5, 2019
    After the Governor signs off, more funding — approximately $10 million — will head to classrooms in New Orleans to empower students and schools to succeed. I am proud that the Orleans Parish School Board was able to work closely with our elected officials in Baton Rouge to help make this a reality through the recent passage of Louisiana House Bill (HB) 393 by the House and Senate. ._ERbj1g7D { position: relative; } ._VWvqNvR9 { vertical-align: middle; } ._7XqAY8_A > span:last-child {...
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  • Celebrating the Class of 2019

    Celebrating the Class of 2019

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    May 8, 2019
    This month, thousands of our students will cross the threshold from high school to adulthood, walking triumphantly across various stages in front of family and friends to collect their long-awaited high school diplomas. Now that graduation season has arrived, I believe it is an important time to acknowledge the hard work, drive, and dedication that has propelled the Class of 2019 to reach this milestone: graduation day. ._ERbj1g7D { position: relative; } ._VWvqNvR9 { vertical-align: middle; }...
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  • Measuring Progress

    Measuring Progress

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    March 1, 2019
    DAll across the city, teachers are preparing for the home stretch before state testing. For our dedicated, hard-working teachers this moment is both a test and a testament to their efforts. At the same exact moment, our children are working hard too, not only to meet our high expectations for them, but also to secure their own futures. All of this is the backdrop to the joy, wonder, and freedom of carnival season. ._ERbj1g7D { position: relative; } ._VWvqNvR9 { vertical-align: middle; }...
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  • To NOLA, With LOVE

    To NOLA, With LOVE

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    February 8, 2019
    Last month, I committed to some pretty substantial items for our district and the broader community. Those words were not just to ring in the New Year, but also rather to provide a road map of where I hope to go in 2019. We now live in a world where our district, with love, can provide the balance, accountability, and benefits of a large-scale district with the freedom and progress of autonomous schools. We have better policies, better oversight, and more leverage at the table. More...
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  • The Superintendent’s Aspirations for 2019

    The Superintendent’s Aspirations for 2019

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    January 2, 2019
    The start of a new calendar year is the perfect time for both reflection and aspiration. As I think about the year ahead, I’m reminded of the traditional Kenyan tribal greeting “Kasserian Ingera” which means…“And, how are the children?”  Our children are already half-way through their school year. So, as adults responsible for these young minds, I am issuing the same communal call and reflection in 2019:  “And, how are OUR children?” My New Year’s Resolution is to meaningfully engage the broader New...
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