VAYLA study reveals student concerns about quality of education at six city high schools

By Jessica Williams, The Lens staff writer |

Those with the greatest stake in the city’s educational system – its students – came together today with criticisms and recommendations for reform. In what it’s calling the most extensive student-led evaluation of the New Orleans public school landscape since Hurricane Katrina, members of the Vietnamese American Young Leaders Association (VAYLA) have released a comprehensive critique of six city high schools. The report, based on surveys of 425 students and 50 hours of interviews, was scheduled to be released at 3 p.m. today at the main branch of the New Orleans Public Library on Loyola Avenue, near City Hall.