The New Orleans Center for Resilience serves children with some of the most extreme behavior needs in the city, often stemming from trauma or mental illness.
Plus a year in review from our weekly podcast Behind The Lens. A vote to hand control of McDonogh 35 to a charter group means New Orleans is likely to become the first major city in the country without traditional, direct-run schools. And one of the city’s most desirable elementary schools will not accept new pre-K students next year.
Habitual offender prosecutions down in New Orleans
Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office has scaled back its use of the state habitual offender statute, a law used to raise potential prison time on repeat offenders, often by decades. The New Orleans DA’s office once led the state in so-called “multiple bills.” A 2016 report by the Pew Charitable Trusts showed Cannizzaro’s office used the statute 154 times the previous year.
Public frustration boils over at meeting on school closures, but board policy stifles comment
Thursday’s Orleans Parish School Board meeting devolved into shouting at times, as frustrated citizens struggled to conform to the district’s public comment policy following school closure and relocation announcements. Orleans schools Superintendent Henderson Lewis Jr.’s biggest news included five school closure recommendations, a few school relocations and several charter approvals.