Our August Newsmaker event will focus on New Orleans public education

On Sept. 1, Orleans Parish School Board members are scheduled to vote on a plan to unify all city public schools under one board. What do we know about it?  We invite you to find out more at our August Breakfast with the Newsmaker event. Join Henderson Lewis, Jr., superintendent of the Orleans Parish School Board and Lens education reporter Marta Jewson for an informed discussion on the unification plan and other aspects of education in Orleans Parish.

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

To learn more about next week’s topic we invite you to read the following articles.

New Orleans schools superintendent set to hold last town-hall meeting tonight

Henderson Lewis Jr. OPSB 180-day action plan

Letter from the Superintendent regarding Unification

New Orleans schools officials peg reunification plan costs at $28 million


Date: Thursday, Aug. 18

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

Questions: 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.

EVENT RECORDING will be available the week after the event.


Breakfast with the Newsmakers is a 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.

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About Anne Mueller

As the Development director Mueller leads The Lens’ fundraising efforts including foundations, major gifts, annual giving, events, sponsorship and prospect research. She has more than 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector in New Orleans, New York City and Oxford, MS. Her professional experience include The National World War II Museum and A Studio in the Woods, a program of Tulane University. She received a bachelor’s degree in history from Bennington College (VT) and a master’s degree in Southern Studies from the University of Mississippi’s Center for the Study of Southern Culture. She can be reached at (504) 258-1624.