As teachers and students search for new jobs and schools, resources dwindle and test scores could too. Part two in a series on school closures in New Orleans.
An infrastructure review graded the state’s drinking water systems at D-minus. Billions of dollars will be needed to repair and upgrade these public systems, and it’s not clear where all that money will come from. But drilling private wells simply isn’t an option for most residents.
The council approved the controversial $211 million gas plant in a 6-1 vote last year. But three council members have concluded that an "astroturfing" scandal, uncovered by The Lens, disrupted the process. They're offering a resolution to repeal the vote.
A staggering percentage of kids in New Orleans experience trauma. Safe spaces at schools are hard to come by.
Diesel spilled from an unsecured tank on the property, getting into the drainage system and making it to Florida Avenue Canal. Neighbors say the city-owned property has been neglected.
State ratings will factor heavily in the superintendent’s school closure recommendations released next week.
Constitutional Amendment 2, which repeals Louisiana's non-unanimous jury law, passed with wide support across the state.
For the second time, The Lens has joined ProPublica's Electionland, a coalition of newsrooms around the country that are covering problems that prevent eligible voters from casting their ballots during the 2018 elections.
Shawanda Holmes' son had lead levels four times above national standards. She later found out a state program had already identified hazards at her house, but it appears the state never followed up.
Economists who spoke to The Lens say a UNO economic impact study on short-term rentals appears to have been prepared to benefit the industry. When it comes to impact reports, that is not uncommon. UNO refused to provide the data behind the report or a larger report on tourism in New Orleans.