School’s in session!  Take your seats at The Lens’ September Breakfast with the Newsmakers. Lens education reporter Marta Jewson will interview Ken Ducote, the newly appointed head of the Greater New Orleans Collaborative of Charter Schools. He is quoted as saying, “quality, equity, efficiency and integrity are rarely achieved without tenacity.” All of which are valuable as the charter school movement grows.  We look forward to learning more about that growth along with Ducote’s thoughts on the state of school facilities in the city, the $1.8 billion rebuilding program, how charters manage and find their facilities and a recently passed property tax to benefit school buildings.

The involvement of civically engaged community members like you is crucial to the future of our city and our coast. We encourage your questions. If you’d like to pose a question in advance, please email Anne Mueller by Sept. 16.

In the meantime, read more about Ducote and New Orleans schools.

Ken Ducote, recently named executive director of the Greater New Orleans Collaborative of Charter Schools, has extensive experience in the New Orleans public schools as a teacher, administrator and in facility planning.

New Orleans has 19 new public schools as $1.8 billion building plan continues

A changing landscape as schools begin to return to local control

Event recording

Event details

Date: Thursday, Sept. 17

Time: 8 to 9 a.m. Doors open at 7:30 a.m.

RSVP: Anne Mueller,

Location: Basin St. Station, 4th floor, 501 Basin St. at St. Louis Street

Parking: Complimentary parking is available with a dashboard parking pass that is distributed by a Basin St. Station staff member who will be standing in front of the building the morning of the breakfast. This map shows the location of the parking lot and access points.


Special thanks to our sponsors: Baptist Community Ministries, LCI Workers’ Comp, the Ella West Freeman Foundation and Basin St. Station.


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Breakfast with the Newsmakers is a monthly business-social event that aims to engage The Lens’ audience with one another and with the people making news around New Orleans. Newsmakers events are open to the public. They are free to Lens members, with a $10 suggested donation for non-members.