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NOLA Public Schools Provides Educators and Staff with Additional Training for Student Support and Success

NEW ORLEANS – (Aug. 2, 2019) – This week, NOLA Public Schools (NOLA-PS) Special Education Institute and All Schools Training hosted a dynamic two-day 2019 Summer Training Collaborative at Benjamin Franklin High School to encourage dialogue about the unique challenges public school students face, as well as how schools can best offer the necessary supports to students for long-term success.

“It’s no secret that we’re competing with past traumas, life challenges, poverty, learning disabilities and other challenges that may impede a student’s progress,” said NOLA-PS Superintendent Dr. Henderson Lewis, Jr. “We must be ready and equipped with the necessary tools to move our students beyond these types of situations and circumstances so that they can achieve success. This training provided our staff with the tools necessary so they are prepared for the upcoming school year.”

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NOLA Public Schools Offers Support to Public Schools Amid Statewide Cyber Attacks

NEW ORLEANS - (Aug. 1, 2019) – NOLA Public Schools (NOLA-PS) is communicating with local public schools to make sure they have measures in place to prevent a potential cyberattack and that each of our schools are following the critical action list set by the Governor’s Office.

Late yesterday, July 31, 2019, NOLA-PS learned that Morris Jeff Community School experienced a cybersecurity breach. School officials confirmed to the NOLA-PS Administration that the school immediately shut down its network and has been following state recommendations moving forward.

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KIPP Community East Primary School Leader Jennifer Dennis Carey Named the Louisiana Department of Education’s 2020 Principal of the Year

NEW ORLEANS – (July 25, 2019) – NOLA Public Schools (NOLAPS) is proud to recognize KIPP East Community Primary (KECP) School Leader Jennifer Dennis Carey for her outstanding efforts as an educator and for being named the Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE)’s 2020 Principal of the Year.

“We are proud of Jennifer for achieving this high honor. She is an exemplary educator and leader who through her work is continuing to help students and her colleagues achieve great success,” said NOLAPS Superintendent Dr. Henderson Lewis, Jr. “Her work has positively impacted hundreds of lives since first stepping into a classroom almost 15-years ago and we are grateful for her continued commitment to her students in New Orleans. Having the Louisiana Department of Education honor one of our own educators in this way is inspirational to us all. ”

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Louisiana Legislative Session brought major wins for Local Public Schools, including ACT 430 which provides more funding to Orleans Parish Classrooms

Act 430 directs ~$10 million to academics, programming for students with special needs, and other citywide needs in Orleans Parish

NEW ORLEANS - (July 23, 2019) On July 2, Gov. John Bel Edwards signed House Bill 393, now officially Act 430, capping off a successful legislative session for NOLA Public Schools. Act 430 represents a direct legislative proposal that came from the Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB) on behalf of New Orleans Public Schools (NOLAPS). Without raising taxes, Act 430 allows NOLAPS to better prioritize $10 million in existing local sales tax dollars for schools, students, programs, and citywide needs.

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New Orleans Public Schools Issues Statement regarding New Beginnings Schools Foundation Announcement

The following is a statement from Dr. Henderson Lewis Jr., Superintendent of NOLA Public Schools (NOLAPS), in response to the New Beginnings Schools Foundation (NBSF) vote to surrender its charters for John F. Kennedy High School and Pierre A. Capdau Elementary School:

Today the New Beginnings Schools Foundation board voted to surrender the charters for John F. Kennedy High School and Pierre Capdau Elementary School at the end of the 19-20 school year.

In response to this decision, I would like to assure the students and families of JFK and Pierre Capdau of the following:

First and foremost, both schools will remain open this coming school year and beyond.

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OPSB & NOPD hold Special Active Shooter Training Session, Discuss Continuing Partnership to Increase School Security Citywide

NEW ORLEANS – (July 17, 2019) – Today the Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB) in partnership with the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) hosted an active shooter simulation and training session for approximately 200 school leaders and staff representing 50 plus schools at McDonogh 35 High School.

Following the training session Superintendent of Schools Dr. Henderson Lewis, Jr. and Superintendent of Police Chief Shaun Ferguson held a press conference to discuss the training, school security plans across the parish along with a progress report for the Cooperative Endeavor Agreement (CEA) between the NOPD and OPSB. Established back in March of 2018, the agreement enables additional active shooter trainings and drills to continue for school leaders and police.

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Orleans Parish LEAP 2025 Released

NEW ORLEANS – (July 11, 2019) – Today, the Louisiana Department of Education (LDE) released the 2018-2019 Louisiana Educational Assessment Program (LEAP) 2025 score results for the Orleans Parish School District. Based on testing results, overall student achievement in Orleans Parish has not improved from the previous school year.

At the K8 level, the percent of students achieving Mastery or above on English Language Arts decreased by 1% while Math and Social Studies has remained the same compared to last school year.

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Orleans Parish School Board Announces New Late Enrollment Schedule

New Orleans – (July 14, 2019) – The Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB) has announced a new Late Enrollment schedule due to Hurricane Barry. Late Enrollment has been rescheduled to start on Tuesday, July 16 at 8:30 a.m. at Dillard University serving only high school students in need of a school for the 2019-2020 school year.

Beginning Wednesday, July 17, Late Enrollment will serve all families in need of placement in grades K-12. 

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Louisiana High School Athletic Association Announces Changes to Athletic Attendance Zones for Public & Private School Students

NEW ORLEANS – (July 03, 2019) – In June, the Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA) approved a proposal establishing four athletic zones for high school students based on their residence impacting freshmen and transferring students only. Impacted student athletes residing in certain zip codes are only eligible to participate in...
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OPSB Issues Statement in Response to NBSF Investigation

Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB) statement in response to the New Beginnings School Foundation (NBSF) investigation: 

The Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB) continues to monitor and oversee activities at John F. Kennedy High School to ensure the New Beginning Schools Foundation (NBSF) staff are meeting the requirements set forth by the state as eligibility is verified and keep students best interests front and center. We recognize this has been a very distressing time for all the students and families involved and one that none should have had to experience. While we are very pleased that students and families know now what final actions are needed to receive their diplomas, we remain deeply dissatisfied with the actions taken by JFK staff that lead to this unacceptable and troubling series of events. 

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Orleans Parish School Board Graduating Senior with Perfect Attendance wins New 2019 Toyota Yaris IA

NEW ORLEANS – (May 28, 2019) – For the 13th year in a row, the Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB) and Premier Automotive Group awarded a brand-new car, courtesy of Toyota of New Orleans, to a graduating senior with perfect attendance. This year’s car awarded was a 2019 Toyota Yaris IA,...
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Orleans Parish School Board Honors Top Teachers at New Orleans Excellence in Teaching Award Breakfast

NEW ORLEANS – (May 21, 2019) – Today, the Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB), in partnership with the College Football Foundation and other educational partners, honored the seven New Orleans public school teachers that won the 2019 New Orleans Excellence in Teaching Award (NOETA) during a breakfast at the Audubon Tea Room. Each winner was presented with a check for $2,000, a proclamation from the City and a plaque of appreciation.

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New Orleans OPSB High Schools See Five Percentage Point Increase in Graduation Rates

NEW ORLEANS – (May 15, 2019) – Today, the Louisiana Department of Education announced graduation rates across the state with Orleans Parish Schools showing remarkable improvement. According to the Department of Education, the citywide graduation rate has increased by nearly five percentage points, rising from 72.9 percent in 2017 to 77.8 percent...
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Stanford University Study reports Orleans Parish Public Schools Achieving more Growth than State Average

New Orleans is the only city that outperformed its state in mathematics and reading for the majority of the years studied NEW ORLEANS – (May 7, 2019) – This past week, Stanford University’s Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) released their City Studies Project report, which identified New Orleans public school...
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S&P Global Raises Orleans Parish School Board’s Rating; Reports Financial Outlooks Are ‘Stable’

The district received a ratings boost from S&P Global Ratings NEW ORLEANS – (Feb. 19, 2019) – The Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB) is pleased to report that as of Feb. 1, S&P Global Ratings raised our underlying rating (SPUR) for the district’s existing general obligation bonds from A+ to AA-....
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Orleans Parish School Board & Center for Resilience Partner to Address Mental Health Needs of New Orleans Children

Today (Jan. 4), the Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB) and the Center for Resilience (previously known as the New Orleans Therapeutic Day Program) announced a new partnership aimed at addressing gaps in mental health supports in the city, while also implementing trauma-informed programming to New Orleans public school students in need.  Currently, the Center for Resilience (the CFR) is the only day treatment program in Louisiana and offers academic and mental health services for children in Orleans Parish in grades K-8 with moderate to significant, diagnosed behavioral health disabilities. Schools refer children to the CFR who continue to struggle in a traditional school setting even after multiple school-level interventions and supports.

In New Orleans, 60 percent of children suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and are 4.5 times more likely than their peers nationwide to show signs of Serious Emotional Disturbance. The CFR responds to this severe need for behavioral and mental health interventions for children in the Greater New Orleans area by providing evidence-based, individualized mental health and educational services and placement to students whose needs cannot be met in a traditional school setting.

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New Orleans’ public schools named ‘District of the Year’ by Education Dive

New Orleans’ Public Schools have been named ‘District of the Year’ by Education Dive: K12, a leading industry news publisher. Click here to read more.  “The Recovery School District and the Orleans Parish School Board highlight the successes of school choice and autonomous charter schools, all while facing uniform accountability standards....
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