OPEN releases People's Agenda for wide range of continuing education reforms

By Jessica Williams, The Lens staff writer |

The Orleans Public Education Network will release a set of community recommendations on education reform today.

The report, titled The People’s Agenda, addresses several key topics, including recommendations for early childhood education, teacher recruitment and retention, and creating school and community partnerships. The report gives recommendations to government agencies, as well as to schools and concerned community members.

The organization will present the report at the Mahalia Jackson Early Learning and Family Center today at 5 p.m.

The report is the result of the network’s yearlong ONE STEP community-engagement campaign that invited community feedback on the above topics and six others through a set of forums.

To view a copy of the report, click here.

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About Jessica Williams

Jessica Williams stays on top of the city's loosely organized collection of public schools, with a special emphasis on charter schools. In 2011 she was recognized by the Press Club of New Orleans for her reporting on charter school transparency and governance. In 2012, she was part of a team that received a National Edward R. Murrow Award for their work following a New Orleans family's recovery after Hurricane Katrina. She graduated from Edna Karr Secondary School in Algiers, and she obtained her bachelor’s degree in journalism from Loyola University New Orleans. She can be reached at (504) 575-8191.