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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

New Orleans Youth Open Mic kicks off fall season at Ashe

Posted By on Wed, Oct 11, 2017 at 9:00 AM

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Now in its fourth year, the New Orleans Youth Open Mic begins its fall season Oct. 18 at Ashe Cultural Arts Center, opening a space for young people to showcase their voice, whether in poetry, prose, rap or other mediums.

Organizers noticed a pattern in poetry scenes around the U.S. where "the best adult scenes have well-supported youth scenes and poetry pipelines," says cofounder Mwende Katwiwa. While New Orleans has developed space for the success of local adult writers and slam poetry competitors, "we don’t necessarily have the next generation set up to do the same," she says.

Sign up begins at 6 p.m. and the events start at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 18, Nov. 15, and Dec. 13 at Ashe Cultural Arts Center (1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.). It's open to people in the seventh-12th grade age range.

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Friday, September 15, 2017

School board votes to limit law enforcement interaction with students

Posted By on Fri, Sep 15, 2017 at 11:48 AM

Mary Moran with Nuestra Voz at a New Orleans rally to preserve DACA Sept. 7. - PHOTO BY KAT STROMQUIST
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  • Mary Moran with Nuestra Voz at a New Orleans rally to preserve DACA Sept. 7.

The Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB) has approved new guidelines that immigrant advocacy groups hope will protect students from law enforcement interaction and intimidation.

“School should be a safe place for all children,” OPSB Superintendent Henderson Lewis, Jr. said in a statement Sept. 15. “The Orleans Parish School Board holds this as a basic principle.”

The policies provide guidelines for school administration for what to do when law enforcement and immigration agents arrive on a campus. The policies (which apply only to direct-run OPSB schools) clarify that "such investigations should not disrupt the education environment at school sites."

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

New Louisiana Children's Museum facility breaks ground in City Park this month

Posted By on Thu, Aug 17, 2017 at 3:05 PM

An aerial rendering of the new Louisiana Children's Museum facility in City Park, which breaks ground this month. - IMAGE BY MITHUN
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  • An aerial rendering of the new Louisiana Children's Museum facility in City Park, which breaks ground this month.

This month, the Louisiana Children’s Museum (LCM) officially breaks ground on its new home in City Park, with ambitious plans to offer ground-breaking programming to improve child welfare in New Orleans.

“Our focus on interactive learning and play remains the same,” says Julia Bland, CEO of LCM. “Another big focus is on parent education. It’s the adults that make the decisions … and to be able to help parents in their most important role as their child’s first teacher is exciting.”

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Louisiana's child care assistance program to start waiting list July 1

Posted By on Thu, Jun 22, 2017 at 5:55 PM

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Louisiana's aid program to help cover the costs of child care will open a waiting list as the program braces for "overwhelming demand" with a limited budget. Eligible families must apply by June 30 to secure a slot, according to an announcement from the state's Department of Education. On July 1, they’ll immediately be added to a waiting list.

The federally funded Child Care Assistance Program offers child care support for low-income working parents or parents in job training or in school. Recent eligibility requirement changes bumped the number of recipients to 18,000 as of last month. "If and when funding becomes available," the program will contact waitlisted households, according to the department. After one year on the wait list, families have to reapply. Waitlisted households will be given 30 days notice before the lists are purged.

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Monday, May 8, 2017

Abramson bill requiring private, charter schools to have suicide prevention programs passes House unanimously

Posted By on Mon, May 8, 2017 at 5:07 PM

PHOTO BY SARAH GAMARD
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The Louisiana House of Representatives unanimously approved a bill Monday that requires nonpublic and charter schools enact suicide prevention programs. The law already requires it in public schools.

House Bill 452 by Rep. Neil Abramson, D-New Orleans, mandates all charter and approved nonpublic school teachers, school counselors and principals to have in-service training in suicide prevention as determined by the board, other school administrators.

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Pizza Poetry Project returns April 21

Posted By on Wed, Apr 19, 2017 at 3:00 PM

Pizza Delicious is among several New Orleans pizza joints offering poetry from students age 6-18. - COURTESY PIZZA DELICIOUS
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  • Pizza Delicious is among several New Orleans pizza joints offering poetry from students age 6-18.

In conjunction with National Poetry Month, the fourth annual Pizza Poetry Project from Big Class, a writing and literacy program for young students in New Orleans, serves poetry from students ages 6-18 on takeout boxes from several local pizzerias.

On the cardboard box with your pizza order comes a work from a young local writer. Participating pizza joints include G's Pizza, Garage Pizza, Mid City Pizza, Pizza Delicious, Reginelli's and Theo's.

This year, the pizza project runs alongside the inaugural New Orleans Youth Poetry Festival running April 19 and April 21-21. There's a youth open mic with Sunni Patterson and Pages Matam from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. April 19 at Tulane University's Lavin-Bernick Center, followed by a youth slam and mixer on April 21 and writing workshops and other events from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 22 at the New Orleans Public Library's Main Branch on Loyola Avenue. Visit the website for a full schedule and more information.

Since 2010, Big Class has served more than 3,500 students through its writing programs. From 2015-2016, the group published more than 30 publications featuring student work from more than 1,200 students. 

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Janelle Monae to deliver Dillard commencement address

Posted By on Tue, Apr 11, 2017 at 12:58 PM

Janelle Monae.
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Singer, actor and activist Janelle Monae is scheduled to deliver this year's commencement address at Dillard University on May 13.

In a statement, Dillard President Walter Kimbrough said, “Janelle Monae’s significant accomplishments in music and particularly, film and STEM, both signature programs here at Dillard, along with her activism, made her the ideal person to deliver a timely message to our graduates ... I believe this is her first commencement speech and we are very excited to see this day come.”

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

BESE accepts updated content standards on evolution, climate change

Posted By on Tue, Mar 7, 2017 at 6:05 PM

A bust of Charles Darwin. - CREATIVE COMMONS/SAMUEL RIVAS
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  • A bust of Charles Darwin.

With language reminiscent of the evolution-versus-creationism arguments from Inherit the Wind, the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) Tuesday accepted updated content standards for science education in Louisiana’s public schools.

This time around, the controversy over climate change was thrown in.

BESE created an 86-person volunteer committee to revise Louisiana science standards for the first time in 20 years. The committee’s plan would begin implementation during the 2018-2019 school year.

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BESE committee debates whether Lycée Français students should have French profiency as a condition of admission

Posted By on Tue, Mar 7, 2017 at 5:57 PM

The Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) School Innovation and Turnaround Committee Tuesday took a step toward tightening prerequisites for a French immersion school in New Orleans. - SARAH GAMARD
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  • The Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) School Innovation and Turnaround Committee Tuesday took a step toward tightening prerequisites for a French immersion school in New Orleans.

The Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) School Innovation and Turnaround Committee Tuesday took a step toward tightening prerequisites for a French immersion school in New Orleans.

The school, Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans, wants to require students have a certain level of proficiency in French before admitting them to its French immersion program where classes are taught in French instead of English.

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Monday, January 23, 2017

Nazi propaganda exhibit opens at National World War II Museum Jan. 27

Posted By on Mon, Jan 23, 2017 at 12:24 PM

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In an appearance this past weekend, top Trump aide Kellyanne Conway suggested this presidential administration may rely on "alternative facts" — a doublespeak-tinted term that was roundly ridiculed, but one that bodes ill for students of propaganda and disinformation.

Perhaps just in time for this perplexing, "alternative fact"-littered landscape, a visiting exhibit at the National World War II Museum explores examples of propaganda during World War II. "State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda" is a traveling version of permanent modules created by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. It opens in New Orleans Jan. 27.

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