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NJ BAEO Working to Create a Community Where Black Parents Use Their Voice

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What Does New Research Say About Louisiana's Voucher Program?

Last month, a pretty big earthquake shook the world of school choice. A team of economists studying the Louisiana Scholarship Program released the first evidence of substantially negative school voucher impacts on student achievement. The rigor of the study was beyond dispute, so instead of the usual back-and-forth debating the quality of the work or the motives of the researchers themselves, both sides of the choice debate...

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Gov. John Bel Edwards' spat over Common Core with AG heats up

The five-day-old spat between Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards and Republican Attorney General Jeff Landry over a Common Core lawsuit escalated Monday. Landry, in a "Dear John" letter to the governor, repeated his view that he - not Edwards - has the final call on whether to drop an anti-Common Core challenge filed by former Gov. Bobby Jindal. Edwards announced last week that he ordered his legal counsel to end the case, which he said was politically motivated and no longer is relevant.

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'This is a whole new day in terms of how we communicate' - East Baton Rouge School System designing new websites

The East Baton Rouge Parish school system is going live Wednesday with a revamped website, one in a series of moves the state's second-largest school district is taking to compete with the growing number of independent charter and private schools. Also on tap are individual websites for the district's 70-plus schools, testimonial videos from parents and students, print and billboard advertising, as well as a still-to-be-finalized outdoor party in downtown Baton Rouge for all the district's schools to showcase their wares.

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Edwards to outline parameters Friday for special session

Gov. John Bel Edwards is readying to release his outline for a special legislative session he is calling to stabilize Louisiana's finances. The Democratic governor said he intends to issue the executive order Friday, setting the dates and parameters for the session to begin Feb. 14.

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New Orleans Is The Epicenter Of School Choice

Across the country next week, schools, families and advocacy groups will host events to celebrate National School Choice Week. Most Southern states allow for some form of choice - magnet schools, vouchers for private schools, charter schools and more. How do these options affect learning, school demographics and student success? The Southern Education Desk explores Matters of Choice - beginning in New Orleans, the choice epicenter.

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How do New Orleans families choose between public and private schools?

Low-income New Orleans families who are eligible for vouchers are more focused on public schools with strong academics than the average parent, according to a new study by the Education Research Alliance for New Orleans (ERA-New Orleans) at Tulane University. "School vouchers programs encourage families to exit public schools for private schools," said study co-author Jane Arnold Lincove, ERA-New Orleans associate director. "Our goal is to understand how families make those decisions."

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New Study Explores How New Orleans Families Choose Between Public and Private Schools

When low-income students apply to school in New Orleans, they have three options: a handful of traditional public schools, mostly charter public schools, and private schools with voucher programs. How do these students and their families choose an option? A new study from Tulane's Education Research Alliance explores this question.

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Letters: Don't overlook opportunity provided by charter schools

I read Dennis Persica's column about Gov.-elect Edwards' views on education reforms, including charter schools. There is mention of the positions of the teacher's unions, that teacher job protection is lost under charter schools, school districts that perform at a certain level as a whole should have control over creation of new charter schools, and that charters take money away from school systems.

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Governor-elect hears good things about school choice

New Orleans has been ranked as America's best city for school choice but the state's governor is not known as a supporter of the program. The Thomas B. Fordham Institute's ranking was based on a wide range of options available to students and their families. Krista Carney with the American Federation for Children says New Orleans has both a charter school program and a scholarship program.

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Schools using tuition vouchers see dramatic improvement

School choice opponents look for any opportunity to knock down tuition voucher programs. For years, those opportunities have been diminishing, and they just lost another.

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How did your school do? See best, worst New Orleans-area school performance scores

New Orleans-area public school districts saw their academic performance hold relatively steady in the first year of standardized exams that were fully aligned with the new Common Core academic standards.

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Black Students in Louisiana continue to rank behind peers on education tests, new report shows

Despite some gains, black students in Louisiana and nationally continue to score below their peers on key education tests, according to a national report issued Thursday.

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