Contrary to critics’ claims, administrative staffing at OPSB has dropped along with enrollment | The Lens – Critics of the Orleans Parish School Board say the central office is still bloated. But administrative staffing has dropped 90 percent compared to an 81 percent drop in enrollment. OPSB officials say they also have to provide services for private and charter schools.
My Students Died While We Debated Education Policy | Next City – The academic dean of The NET Charter High School warns that we become mired in the win-lose politics of the school reform debate and lose sight of the life-and-death stakes.
Voices from the Classroom: The great debate | NolaVie – Lens partners NolaVie and WWNO team up in a series that looks at the New Orleans educational landscape through the eyes of teachers. In this segment we meet Philip Razem, who teaches sixth-grade at Martin Behrman Charter School.
The Great Charter Tryout | The Investigative Fund – The article raises questions about whether the Recovery School District’s relentless push towards “college prep” best serves the most disadvantaged students.
Prosecutors won’t oppose freeing Danziger officer prior to new trial | WWL-TV
Federal prosecutors are not contesting the request of Danziger Bridge defendant Archie Kaufman to be released from prison pending a new trial, a request Kaufman made when the guilty verdicts in the case were overturned last week due to prosecutorial misconduct. In its motion, the government cites the fact that Kaufman was not one of the officers who fired a gun on the bridge in the chaotic aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
N.O. Mayor calls for action on black youth violence | The New Orleans Advocate – “Comparing the issue to the Iraq surge, [Mayor Mitch] Landrieu said, ‘We are telling Congress, we need a surge on the streets of America.’”
Government & Politics
The Wisner Trust – September 24, 2013 Hearing | American Zombie –Blogger Jason Berry presents a digest of a meeting that dealt with the fate of the lucrative Wisner Trust. Included in his post is a timeline of the trust, as well as his forecast of what to expect as the city and heirs battle it out.
Report: Members of Congress taking more free trips | Shreveport Times – Trips by members of Congress are up nearly 50 percent compared to last year, though the number is nowhere near recent high points in 2005 and 2000.
Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., reported accepting a $22,230 trip to Dublin from the Franklin Center for Global Policy Exchange and the Ripon Society, according to his disclosure report.
Bobby Jindal, Parental Control And The New Family Values | Forbes – A decent analysis of Jindal’s political language and issue-framing on education issues. I’d like to see political analysts tackle these topics more often and in more depth.
A Slow-Motion Disaster: One Community’s Fight To Save Itself From Climate Change | Think Progress – Norfolk, Va., faces some of the same coastal challenges as southern Louisiana: subsidence and sea level rise.
BP Trial Phase 2 – Video Launch | Restore the Mississippi River Delta – This may not be unprecedented, but it is new to me. For phase two of the civil trial for the 2010 BP oil disaster, which is scheduled to begin on Monday, the environmental group Restore the Mississippi River Delta will debut a new video on a giant video screen outside the courthouse. The video will highlight “the tragic events from the BP oil spill in an effort to raise awareness of the ongoing and lasting need for Gulf Coast restoration and to publicly hold BP accountable. “
Zulu gets OK to expand headquarters on N. Broad | The New Orleans Advocate
On Thursday, the New Orleans City Council removed the last hurdle in front of long-delayed plans to expand the Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club’s headquarters on North Broad Street.