The Lens talks with candidates from School Board districts 4 & 7

To inform voters and provide a broad platform for candidate debate, The Lens and our partners at WWNO-FM are presenting conversations with candidates in the Orleans Parish School Board races. Lens reporter Jessica Williams is hosting the events, which are airing on WWNO for the three Sunday nights before the election, at 9 p.m. The Lens is also providing the unedited video for these forums.

The first two of six candidate conversations, which aired this Sunday, are here.

And they're off! OPSB candidates approach the starting gate

Qualifying begins today for candidates seeking seats on the Orleans Parish School Board.  At issue are basic questions of governance including whether schools that now answer to the state’s Recovery School District will be returned to local control, making this one of the more pivotal elections in recent memory.

School Board put off decision on disadvantaged-business policy

After a heated discussion, the Orleans Parish School Board delayed Tuesday night a decision on modifications to its disadvantaged business enterprise program. The program is intended to help socially or economically disadvantaged businesses to compete in, and obtain, contracts with the School Board.