New Survey Shows Black Voters Strongly Support Parental Choice for Educational Options in Louisiana

Black voters in Louisiana overwhelmingly support providing parents with high-quality educational options that include a mix of traditional public, public charter and opportunity scholarships to attend private schools, according to a new survey released by the Louisiana Black Alliance for Educational Options (LABAEO). The study provides a comprehensive look at the attitudes of Black voters and their views on parental choice, education reform, Common Core and assessments

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BAEO Parents Win Case to Protect School Voucher Program in Louisiana

In a case with national implications for parental choice programs in hundreds of school districts that still are subject to federal desegregation decrees, today the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that the U.S. Department of Justice can't limit enrollment in a state private school scholarship program.

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Expert: Engage Families in Underperforming Districts for Better Educational Outcomes

Jacqueline Cooper of the Black Alliance for Educational Options, said, "The new (ED) report mirrors the CRPE study in many ways, ultimately showing that some states are improving the quality of education provided to Black students, while others are struggling to figure out what works and others are simply maintaining the status quo."

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Local Charter School honored by the Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools

Kenilworth Charter School has been honored by the Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools. The school was honored along with several other schools at the 2015 Charter School Excellence Awards held on October 12 during the 8th annual State Charter Schools Conference in Baton Rouge.

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Stagnant City Schools Are Failing Minorities Across 50 cities, student performance is flat and staggering inequalities exist, a new report says.

In urban school districts across the country, student performance is flat, poor and minority students are experiencing staggering inequalities and the picture is especially troubling for black students.

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Charter Schools Are Here to Stay

When the Washington state Supreme Court struck down the state's charter school law earlier this month, it drew attention not only to the long fight to create charter schools there, but to the state of the charter movement nationally. While the court's decision illustrates the significant political and policy barriers that charter schools still face in many states, it also highlights how deeply entrenched charters have become in the landscape of U.S. public education. If Washington policymakers fail to reinstate the law, Washington will be one of only eight states nationally without charter schools.

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Can Another City Replicate the "New Orleans Model" of Ed Reform?

More than a decade has passed since Hurricane Katrina tore through the Gulf States. New Orleans has since become a laboratory for education policy experts and reformists.

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Parents Share their Orleans Parish School Experiences 10 Years Post-Katrina

New Orleans parents want to invite you to hear what they have to say about the state of public education, from their perspective, on July 23 at Dillard's Georges' Auditorium from 6:00-8:00 in the evening.

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We Need Parents to Defend the Louisiana Scholarship Program

Join Louisiana BAEO on Monday, June 1, 2015 at the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals (East Courtroom), 600 Camp Street, New Orleans from 9 am - 12 pm.

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We Need Parents to Help Protect Scholarships for Kindergarteners!

The House Education Committee will hear debate on House Bill 340. The bill proposes to eliminate kindergarten students who would attend A, B and C-rated schools from the Louisiana Scholarship Program. Help us remind lawmakers that all children have a right to a high-quality education.

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Round Two of Louisiana Scholarship Program Application Process, Now Open

There is still time to apply for a scholarship to send your child to an alternative school. Read the details to find out how to apply.

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Baton Rouge School Choice Expo on Saturday, March 28

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Letter: School district shouldn't sue to block public school funding

Whenever a school district sues to stop children from learning, we believe that's a problem. The Iberville Parish School District is suing the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, claiming the funding of charter schools goes against the state constitution, in the 19th Judicial District of the Parish of East Baton Rouge. We disagree.

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