Noble Minds appeals to kids with disabilities with therapy, social-emotional classes and a no-suspensions disciplinary policy. A number of New Orleans schools have put a greater emphasis on serving all students, including those with disabilities.
Personalized learning is transforming schools in the Crescent City, but what does that mean for students? Some educators support the philosophy but worry it’s causing kids to spend too much time learning alone in front of a screen.
The most sought-after public universities in the U.S. often don’t reflect their state populations, according to an analysis by The Hechinger Report. LSU has one of the largest gaps between black high-school graduates and freshmen. Five of the six states with the largest gaps are in the South.
New Orleans has become a case study in how children and families are affected by decentralization of public education and mental health systems. The problem is particularly urgent because more schoolchildren suffer from mental health issues here than in other parts of the country.
Cutting-edge schools send out robocalls in three languages, translate handbooks and report cards, and keep bilingual staff on call to help Spanish and Vietnamese parents whose English may be shaky or nonexistent. Federal law requires accommodation, but not all schools comply.