Algiers leaders try to bridge divide between Walker and Landry students prior to merger — The Lens | School officials at O. Perry Walker and L.B. Landry high schools find creative ways— including combined football practices and a prayer breakfasts open to the community— to manage a challenging school merger.
Community Impact Series: New Orleans Kids Partnership — WWNO | A nonprofit has stepped in to improve access to afterschool activities, as more students in New Orleans do not attend neighborhood schools. This fact stands out: “‘Eighty percent of the public school students travel three miles or more to get to school, each way, every day,’” says Mat Schwarzman, executive director of the New Orleans Kids Partnership. The nonprofit supports a constellation of more than 40 organizations helping students reach their potential through afterschool, weekend and summer programs. He says the new reality of kids commuting to their schools has changed the way they access these services.”
The Course Choice Cancer — Louisiana Educator | Blogger Michael Deshotels says he met state Superintendent John White to warn him that Course Choice guidelines for online coursework approved by the Department of Education “are an open invitation for fraud and abuse.” Deshotels claims there are inadequate standards and oversight and many Choice Courses are being “offered by out-of-state, fly-by-night outfits” who care more about profits than results.
Shadow Schools, the many victims of their success, and why US ED is useless — Crazy Crawfish’s Blog | The author of the Crazy Crawfish blog has previously banged the drum about unreported schools in Louisiana. I guess I’m the only one in the media “crazy” enough to think he’s on to something.
Government & Politics
After years of arms-length relationships, Jindal needs friends now more than ever — The Lens | The governor’s distant approach with the Legislature worked fine when he enjoyed high approval ratings. Now, everything has changed and he doesn’t have many friends in the Legislature to help him pass his agenda.
Medicaid Expansion: Even Worse Than You Thought — The Pelican Post | The libertarian Pelican Institute think tank finds new data that reinforces their opposition to Louisiana accepting the Obamacare Medicaid expansion.
Jefferson leaders plan to try again after major millage defeats – FOX 8 WVUE | Jefferson Parish officials were shocked when voters rejected tax renewals that funded school, sewer and water services. They plan to hold put the millage renewals on the ballot again in the fall elections.
Slabbed calls BS on bogus SNAP performance audit reporting — Slabbed | Blogger Doug Handshoe blasts local reporting of the legislative audit on food stamp fraud, and actually drills down into the audit to reveal some good news.
Construction is to begin on permanent gate, pump structures on New Orleans drainage canals — NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune | The Army Corps of Engineers has approved $614.8 million in new construction of “permanent canal closures and pump stations at the mouths of the 17th Street, Orleans Avenue and London Avenue canals in New Orleans.” Click the article link to see what the new flood control facilities will look like.
Norwegian innovators bring North Sea technology to the Gulf — Fuel Fix –
The move of offshore drilling into ever-deeper waters, and the accompanying technical challenges, have been a boon to Norwegian technology companies. They have a reputation for innovation and attention to quality and safety, said John Hurter, an oil and gas advisor for INTSOK, a Houston-based industry consortium of Norwegian oil and gas partners.
Transportation nonprofit warns of ‘major’ impacts if Algiers ferry service is lost — The Advocate | “A recent survey by a local transportation nonprofit found that the loss of the Algiers-Canal Street ferry would have ‘major’ impacts on the metro area, particularly for people who work in the tourism and service industries.”
Inside the Iberville — NOLA DEFENDER | Opinion writer Annika Mengisen interviews residents of the Iberville Housing Development, who are forced to move as the complex is slated for demolition.
Jazzfest Musician Arrested On Fictitious Charges — Nola Nation Rising | There are questions about musician Shamarr Allen’s arrest in St. Bernard Parish. “Shamarr Allen was cited for impeding traffic, not a jail-worthy offense. Not wearing a seatbelt, also not a jail-able offense. The real question is why would a young man like Shamarr resist arrest if he didn’t do anything wrong? He wouldn’t, I asked him. “
Room 220: OPP English, Part II: “When I Left, My Mind Was Buzzing.” — NOLA DEFENDER | Part two in a series about inmates in Orleans Parish Prison who take English courses to “facilitate their study of literature and books.” Click here to read “OPP English, Part I: The Instigator”