Marta Jewson

Marta Jewson covers education in New Orleans for The Lens. She began her reporting career covering charter schools for The Lens and helped found the hyperlocal news site Mid-City Messenger. Jewson returned to New Orleans in the fall of 2014 after covering education for the St. Cloud Times in Minnesota. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with majors in journalism and social welfare and a concentration in educational policy studies.

Recent posts

City to repair transmitter that controls broken school zone lights


The transmitter sets the clocks for all the lights in the city and allows them to be programmed remotely. The fix could correct flashers that activate on weekends and holidays, but not when kids are in school. That was one of the problems revealed by a Lens survey in January, which found that nearly half of the lights malfunctioned.

Plan to send the Internet home with some students hits federal funding snag

AmeriCorps member Arionne Hoskins works with student Michael Holmes, 19, on Spanish homework at ReNEW Accelerated High School.

The ReNEW Schools charter-school network in New Orleans had a generous solution for its students without Internet access at their houses — take-home laptops equipped with a wireless broadband connection. However, school leaders pulled the plug on the expensive benefit when the federal program that finances school technology delayed a decision over whether such expenditures should be reimbursed — a decision that could affect schools nationwide.