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Education Reformer | New Orleanian | Progressive | Proud TFA alum
Education Reformer | New Orleanian | Progressive | Proud TFA alum

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It’s official. The American Federation of Teachers has become a major player in the upcoming races for the Orleans Parish School Board. A recent filing with the Louisiana Board of Ethics reveals that the union has given a whopping $225,000 to Orleans…

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At a time when other states are backing away from education policies that shake-up the status quo, Louisiana is charging forward with reforms aimed at raising student achievement. On Wednesday, the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE)…

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On Thursday, the Alliance to Reclaim Our Public Schools (AROS) held “walk-ins” in cities across the country to call for an increase in education funding, a reduction in standardized testing, and limits on charter school expansion. The Alliance’s “Day of…

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A recent filing with the Louisiana Board of Ethics suggests that the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) is seeking to influence the upcoming Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB) elections. On September 16th, an AFT-affiliated political action committee…

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If you follow K-12 education in the Bayou State, you’re most likely familiar with Mike Deshotels, the former executive director of the Louisiana Association of Educators (LAE), who is one of most vociferous opponents of the state’s education reform…

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Quick Take: New U.S. Senate Poll & Endorsement #LaEd #NOLAed #LaSen #edreform

Democrats For Education Reform Louisiana (DFER) released a poll today from the firm Anzalone Liszt Grove that has U.S. Senate candidate Caroline Fayard ahead of fellow Democrat Foster Campbell. If the Senate race were held today, Fayard is the only…

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Teachers Union Endorses Foster Campbell (big surprise!) #LaEd #NOLAed #edreform #LaSen #LaLege

Given the myriad challenges facing Louisiana these days, it’s clear we need a bold, forward-looking leader fighting for us in the United States Senate. And apparently, LFT believes that no one embodies bold, forward-looking leadership like a 69 year-old…

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St. Landry Parish schools is declared unitary, but there's still work to be done #LaEd #NOLAed #edreform

Last week, U.S. District Judge Rebecca Doherty dismissed a 47-year old desegregation lawsuit against the St. Landry Parish School Board, ending court oversight of the district after nearly half a century. The dismissal marks the conclusion of a five-year…

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Stay In Your Lane, Gov: Why pick an unwinnable fight over #ESSA? #NOLAed #LaEd #edreform

Over the past several weeks, Governor John Bel Edwards has made a flurry of appointments to various boards and commissions, including his Advisory Council on the Every Student Succeeds Act, a new committee the Governor established through an executive…

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Quick Take: Talking About Schools w/ Garland Robinette & @citizenstewart #NOLAed #LaEd #edreform

I’ll be on Garland Robinette’s radio show, “The Think Tank” on WWL AM 807/FM 105.3 on Monday to discuss the ongoing legal battle over a new funding plan for New Orleans schools. Earlier this week, attorneys for Lusher and Lake Forest, two…
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