Charter Schools: Charter Schools in New Orleans
Students at ReImagine Prep in Jackson, Mississippi read in the hallway on their way to class. Credit: Paul Boger.
Charter Schools: Paying For Charter Schools In The South
Al Barone recruits students for Up Elementary in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Credit: Amy Jeffries
Audio / Charter Schools / Louisiana 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.

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.

Louisiana / Voices of Educators Credit: Mallory Falk / WWNO

Voices Of Educators: Rowan Shafer

Rowan Shafer is a third grade teacher at Morris Jeff Community School. She’s committed to teaching a social justice curriculum… which she knows can sound abstract. “Yeah, those are easy words to say that mean a lot of things,” she says. In this month’s Voices of Educators segment, Shafer describes [...]

Charter Schools / Closing Costs / Louisiana When her son William started taking public transportation to school, Lashunda Dean downloaded a tracking app on her cellphone. She shows off the app while her older son and the family cockatiel look on.
Credit: Mallory Falk / WWNO

Closing Costs: Inside The School Close Out Process

When a school announces it’s closing, it doesn’t just shut its doors the next day. There’s a whole closure process. It’s a process Miller McCoy Academy — an all-boys middle and high school — has been following this year. We look inside that process as part of our series “Closing [...]

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Summer Learning: Upward Bound Students Connect With College Life

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The high school students attending summer classes in Upward Bound will most likely graduate on time and get a diploma. But they’re giving up summers and Saturdays during the school year with an eye on what happens after high school. That’s one goal of Upward Bound– a [...]

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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.

Tennessee Promise students Kris Tugman, left, and Richard Briley talk in the hallway of a Nashville State Community College building after meeting Gov. Bill Haslam. Credit: EMILY SINER / WPLN
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Tennessee Promise Students Begin Long-Awaited First Day Of Free Community College

Monday marked the first day of school for thousands of freshmen across the state started community college for free. It was a day much anticipated by officials who’ve been implementing Tennessee Promise — and by many students who’ve changed their post-high school plans to take advantage of it.

Charter Schools: Charter Schools in New Orleans
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Charter Schools: Charter Schools in New Orleans

Since Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans has become the top spot for the charter school movement. Ten years later, how is it working? Other southern states such as Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida have adopted the education alternative as well. This week, the Southern Education Desk travels to some of those states to see how the movement is progressing across the Gulf South.

Students at ReImagine Prep in Jackson, Mississippi read in the hallway on their way to class. Credit: Paul Boger.
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Charter Schools: First Charter Schools Open In Mississippi; Alabama Charters Could Come Soon

States across the U-S have increasingly been turning to charter schools in an effort to bolster struggling public school systems. Two of the most recent states to adopt the controversial form of education are Mississippi and Alabama. As part of a Southern Education Desk Series examining charter schools in the South, we turn to Mississippi Public Broadcasting’s Boger for a report on how those states are adopting to the alternative form of public education.

Charter Schools: Paying For Charter Schools In The South
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Charter Schools: Paying For Charter Schools In The South

Florida has about 650 charter schools. They are part of school districts but are privately managed and largely free of many of the rules governing traditional public schools. But as enrollment in charters has increased, so has the financial cost. WFSU’s Lynn Hatter reports for the Southern Education Desk that Tennessee and Georgia are also struggling to find ways to support their charter schools.

Al Barone recruits students for Up Elementary in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Credit: Amy Jeffries
Charter Schools / Charter Schools / Louisiana

Charter Schools: Getting Parent Buy-In For A New Alternative

The big push for charter schools in Louisiana started after Hurricane Katrina. The state’s Recovery School District took over most of the public schools in New Orleans, and quickly issued charters. The organization has moved on to Baton Rouge, but, without a hurricane scattering teachers and students, charters really have to get parents to buy into the alternative they’re selling.

Spectators take in the middle-school homecoming football game at Wilcox County High School in Camden, Alabama last year. It was the main event in the area that night. Photo by Dan Carsen.
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A Window On Other Arenas: Sports, Race, & More With Sociologist Adrienne Milner

You don’t have to be a scholar to know that African-Americans are heavily represented in contact sports like football and basketball, but underrepresented in “lifetime sports” like tennis or golf. Some casual observers have come up with simple explanations for that. But a University of Alabama at Birmingham sociologist and author who studies race and gender in sports says the reality is anything but simple, or fair. Adrienne Milner, who played college basketball until an injury ended her athletic career, tells the Southern Education Desk’s Dan Carsen that she’s intrigued by inequity in all fields, but sports are special for her area of focus, for a reason you might not guess.

National Charter Schools Conference celebrates with New Orleans Mardi Gras themed
parade.
Credit: Mallory Falk/WWNO.
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.