When a group of Mid-City residents proposed four years ago to open a school that would be racially and economically diverse, they were greeted with doubt.

Skeptics thought Morris Jeff Community School would end up like most other public schools in New Orleans: almost entirely African-American and low-income. … Today, a small but growing number of charter schools is challenging that skepticism, and proving it wrong.

The State Department of Education recently announced that the prestigious arts high school received the classification of “A” for its innovative Academic Studio full-day academic program. (NOCCA) is one of 187 schools across the state to receive this distinction. NOCCA is one of three high schools in Orleans Parish to receive an “A” grade and the only open-enrollment high school.

Government & Politics

What would suit redistricting reformers — and provide more business for geospatial software companies — would be for states to follow the lead of California, which has an appointed non-partisan board to draw congressional and legislative districts. That might happen in Louisiana some time after it happens in every other state, and perhaps not then.

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...