It might be advantageous to some to go around proclaiming [projects signaling recovery are] all the work of ‘entrepreneurs’ and movie magicians, but really those are just stories about the yuppies who have followed the money here.  And in the process, these folks have done some funny things to the housing market.

New Orleans’ two school systems could be on the verge of an unprecedented collaboration to benefit the city’s neediest children. The Orleans Parish School Board‘s legal committee approved a cooperative agreement Thursday with the state Recovery School District that would help students with severe disabilities, persistent school absences, prison histories and other issues.

To illustrate the potential harm of Google’s alleged data-mining practices, Bradley S. Shear, a social-media and digital-privacy lawyer based in Bethesda, Md., posed a hypothetical situation in which a teacher using Google Apps for Education emails a parent with information related to a child’s disability status or mental health.

The most pressing challenge will be finding enough skilled workers to fill the demand from companies in the petrochemical, biomedical, software and other fields that want to locate in the region. “This is THE issue,” Hecht said. “If we don’t address this, then our recovery is going to stall out.”

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...