What's with City Hall's ongoing campaign to kill District Councils?

The New Orleans City Council will soon vote on the future of citizen participation in our city. It’s an ideal mandated by both a post-Katrina amendment to the City Charter and the city’s long-overdue master plan. But despite overwhelming popular support, it appears to be in grave peril.

Key to charter success: a principal rarely found in school's front office

By Folwell Dunbar, The Lens contributing opinion writer |

Over the years I have had an opportunity to conduct quality reviews of numerous charter schools here in Louisiana and throughout the country. Working with teams of national and local experts, we look at everything from leadership and assessment practices to technology integration and community engagement.

Panel to tout, encourage whistleblowers

By Tom Gogola, The Lens staff writer |

From Erin Brockovich to WikiLeaks, whistleblowers play a critical role in forcing transparency and accountability on corporate and public-sector shenanigans. New Orleans has had more than its share of shenanigans worthy of whistleblowing in recent years, from police brutality after Hurricane Katrina to unpacking the slippery utterances from British Petroleum after the disastrous 2010 Gulf oil spill.