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1200 Robert E. Lee Blvd (11:00 AM- 11:00 PM)
The Holy Trinity Cathedral is inviting Grecophiles of all ages out to Bayou St. John for goat burgers, traditional music and dancing, and regional libations
The Convention Center (2:00PM- 5:00 PM)
An experience for both foodies and wine connoisseurs, with live music by The Nigel Hall Band
Michalopoulos Studio (2:00PM and 8:00 PM)
An interactive and sparkling performance presented by Nari Tomassetti
Zephyr Field (4:00PM and 6:00 PM)
New Orleans baseball against the Omaha Storm Chasers
Gerken Bike’s 5 Year Anniversary Party
Gerken Bike’s Back Yard (7:00 PM)
Drinks! Snacks! Thanks! And music by Raya Brass Band and others
Tulane University’s Dixon Hall (8:00 PM)
The final evening of a chamber music festival that has something for classical aficionados and dilettantes alike
Shadowbox Theatre (8:00 PM)
Straightforward conversational drama explores one area's gentrification through 50 years
Howlin’ Wolf (9:00 PM)
A funky two night celebration of the band’s 30th anniversary
Hi- Ho Lounge (11:00 PM)
Weekly dance party with the Queen of Soul
Xavier Prep to Close
After 98 years of shaping the lives of students and preparing them for their future, Xavier Prep will not continue their “tradition of excellence.” At the end of the 2012-2013 school year, the school at 5116 Magazine St. will close its doors for good.
Three-Way Orleans Parish School Board Race Draws Donations From Outside the District
A town's typical school board meeting would normally constitute briefings and maybe a few contractual obligations, like where to get the condiments from. But in the remade school system of post-Flood New Orleans, every meeting could permanently alter students' future.
Orleans School Board No Longer 'High Risk'
At the roulette table that is education, the Orleans Parish School Board took a large step toward climbing out of the hole this week. The Board's financial status is no longer "high risk," according to the state. In addition to allowing the once-bankrupt system more freedom to join federal programs like the Race to the Top, getting that yolk off their shoulders should make rejoining the OPSB a more favorable proposition for 15 schools that are eligible to return from the Recovery School District this year.
Points of Pride
Teacher Talk: Young Heroes, SPS Scores and an Impulsive Puppy
Katie Meyer's development as a teacher over three years mirrors the progress of a Gentilly school that is one three under one roof.
Judge Hands Out Damages to New Orleans Teachers Fired After The Flood
A judge ruled yesterday that the mass firing of thousands of teachers and employees of Orleans Parish schools in the wake of the Federal Flood was illegal. Civil District Court Judge Ethel Simms Julien handed out damages as high as $480,000 to seven employees in the class action suit. More than 8,500 employees under the purview of the Orleans Parish School Board were put on "disaster leave without pay" in 2006 as the Recovery School District increased its reach in New Orleans. Julien called that designation "fictitious."
John White Appointed State Education Superintendent, NOLA Native Patrick Dobard Takes Over RSD
Education deciders in Baton Rogue really like recent New York transplant John White. But even a man who once dealt with the former CEOs of Bloomberg and Hearst Magazines at the same time is not good enough to have two jobs at once. So, after White was appointed state education Superintendent today, he had to pick someone to fill his role at the helm of the Recovery School District. At a press conference this afternoon, White named his recently hired lieutenant Patrick Dobard as the new head of the district.
Breaking Down Tomorrow's BESE Elections
Is a charter school public or private? This question is extremely important at this point, five years since education reform intensified in New Orleans after Katrina. You will get different answers to this question, depending on with whom you speak.
N.O. Film Fest First Look: The Experiment
by Michael Cohn-Geltner
Ben Lemoine, TV news reporter and ladies man, has a documentary showing this evening as part of the New Orleans Film Festival called The Experiment. The film follows a handful of New Orleans school children. The film does an admirable job breaking the distinction between the Orleans Parish School Board and the Recovery School District, along with explaining what a charter is and what a direct run school is.
Emily Hunyadi's Journey Through the South Louisiana School System
To help explain the complicated web of schools in New Orleans and shine a light on the day-to-day classroom experience, NoDef will periodically profile teachers. Today, we meet Emily Hunyadi, a teacher at Langston Hughes Academy.
Arne Duncan's NOLA Attendance Record Going Up
by Mary Carlton
With Recovery School District Superintendent Paul Vallas on his way out, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is planning one final visit to his fellow member of the brethren of former Chicago school chiefs (sorry, CEOs). Duncan plans to attend a couple meetings with local education stakeholders, including a town hall, and he's even throwing writers a bone by addressing a meeting of the Education Writers Association. Though they haven't been on par with the chocolate In past visits, Duncan has made some memorable comments. When Duncan ventured down south in January 2010 he remarked, "Katrina is the best thing that happened to the education system in New Orleans."
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