Articles written by: Mallory Falk

Jerome Morgan and Daniel Rideau pitch their idea for RAE Grooming Barbership, a barbering and grooming apprenticeship program intended to keep youth out of the juvenile justice system. They tied for first place at a recent PitchNOLA competition. Credit: Robert Warren.
Audio / Louisiana

In New Orleans, School Reform And Entrepreneurship Come Together

In the past ten years, New Orleans has become known nationwide for education reform through charter schools. It’s also earned a reputation as a hub for entrepreneurship. Those two worlds are coming together.

Candidates Kira Orange Jones (left) and Kara Washington share their visions for Louisiana schools at a recent election forum.
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Audio / Charter Schools / Louisiana

Louisiana School Board Election Draws National Interest

Political Action Committees have formed. Millions of dollars are pouring in. This isn’t a national race we’re talking about. It’s the Louisiana state school board election.

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Common Core / Louisiana

Louisiana Releases Preliminary PARCC Results

Last spring, students across Louisiana took a new standardized test called PARCC – also known as the Common Core test. Now the state has released preliminary test scores.

Encore Academy students prepare for music class. The new campus will eventually include an arts annex. Credit: Mallory Falk/WWNO.
Audio / Charter Schools / Louisiana

Encore Academy First Charter School In New Orleans To Buy, Renovate And Move Into Its Own Building

When a new charter school opens, the school leaders have lots of responsibilities. Hiring the right team. Recruiting students. And, in some cases, finding a permanent home. Recently, Encore Academy became the first charter school in New Orleans to buy, renovate and move into its own building: the former John A. Shaw Elementary in the St. Roch neighborhood.

Lhundyn Fernandez shows off the whiteboard tracking scholars' hours. Once they reach 40, they're ready to take the HiSET exam. Credit: Mallory Falk
American Graduate / Back on Track / Louisiana

Back On Track: New Orleans’ Posh Academy Helps LGBT Students Complete GED

In it’s series Back On Track, the Southern Education Desk looks at a program in New Orleans that supports some of those students as they work toward a high school degree. The program called Posh Academy, is part of BreakOut, a non profit addressing issues of LBGT youth. WWNO’s Mallory Falk spoke with some of the students, including 23-year-old Lhundyn Fernandez.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Charter School, in the Lower Ninth Ward, was one of the schools passed during the tour. Credit: Jason Saul/WWNO.
Audio / Charter Schools / Louisiana

Bus Tour Focuses On New Orleans Schools

The “official” Hurricane Katrina bus tour is a big tourist attraction in New Orleans. But another kind of storm tour recently took off — more of a Katrina “reality” tour, documenting the last decade of the New Orleans school system.

National Charter Schools Conference celebrates with New Orleans Mardi Gras themed
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Charter Schools / Charter Schools / Louisiana

Charter Schools: Lessons For New Orleans

Charter schools are changing American education. Some say for the better, some say the worse. This week the Southern Education Desk looks at the charter school movement throughout the south. We start in New Orleans, the testing ground for the movement.

Audio / Louisiana

New Report Finds Student Performance Has Improved Since Katrina

Student performance has improved in the years since Hurricane Katrina, according to researchers at Tulane University. The Education Research Alliance released new findings on Tuesday.