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Dimanche

December 21st

Caroling in the Square

Jackson Square, 6:30p.m.

Join in the tradition of communal holiday song by candlelight in front of the Cathedral

 

Saints vs. Falcons

da Dome, 12p.m.

Who dat rivals migrate to the Crescent City for some action

 

Nutcracker Ballet

Tulane’s Dixon Hall, 2p.m.

Its not Christmas without the Nutcracker (final show)

 

Creole Christmas

Preservation Hall, 2:30p.m.

Holday jams with Lars Edegran and Big Al Carson

 

Soul Rebels

Champions Square, 10a.m.

Saints pregame party

 

Hot 8 Brass Band

Howlin’ Wolf Den, 10p.m.

The members of this band have been playing together since 1995; $10

 

Jon Roniger

Le Bon Temps Roule, 10p.m.

Folksy blues Americana

 

Lundi

December 22nd

NOCCA Presents Home for the Holidays

House of Blues, 6p.m.

A concert for Daniel Price foundation ft. Trombone Shorty, Rebirth Brass Band, TYSSON

Mardi

December 23rd

Lightwire Theater

The Joy Theater, 3p.m. & 7:30p.m.

A glow in the dark dancing light show

 

State Appeals Court Sides with Laid-Off NOLA Teachers


A state appeals court sided with thousands of New Orleans public school teachers who were fired following the Federal Flood this week. In a ruling handed down Wednesday, the state's 4th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Orleans Parish School Board teachers who were fired by the district in were deprived of due process.


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. 


Schools Choice

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.

Read more at the Lens


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.


Schools Choice

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.  


Teacher Talk

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.


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