recent survey by the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) found that nearly one-fifth of parents surveyed (18 percent) reported that their child had witnessed their arrest. Of those, all but one had also been handcuffed in front of their child, while 9 percent said their child had witnessed guns drawn. The fact that the government has begun to collect these numbers is significant, because for a long time, the trauma suffered by children during their parents’ arrest and incarceration was a relatively invisible phenomenon. 

Duval pointed out that he had presided “over this hydra-like ‘Katrina Umbrella’ litigation for almost eight years. One central theme has been painfully obvious throughout this entire process,” he wrote. “Many of the levees protecting New Orleans and the surrounding area were tragically flawed.”

OneApp was established to allow Orleans Parish students to apply to multiple schools with a single application. If there are more applicants than seats, students are selected through a lottery.

The plan allows the [New Orleans Military and Maritime Academy] to hold spots, outside of the enrollment lottery, for military families who enroll late. The school’s charter requires it to set aside up to 20 percent of its seats for military families… And a school such as the International School of Louisiana can hold spots for study-abroad students.

Mark Moseley

Mark Moseley blogs at Your Right Hand Thief. Until mid 2014, Mark Moseley was The Lens' opinion writer, engagement specialist and coordinator for the Charter Schools Reporting Corps. After Katrina and...