I was honored to stand with over a dozen parents, teachers, and former board members, to speak in support of the Morris Jeff United Educators at the board meeting yesterday. Here’s what I said. I’m speaking today to express my enthusiastic support for the formation, or perhaps I should say the re-formation, of a teachers’ […]Read More → A Natural Extension
In the recovery planning efforts that followed the flooding of New Orleans, we often heard the mantra that we need to have “the community involved in the schools and the schools involved in the community.” I first heard this from Clifton James. I’m sure he was repeating an aphorism, but it made an impression on […]Read More → How We Chose Our School
Last night Xy’s school had an open house. Twenty parents came by to talk with Xy. Most were from her own class of 25, some from the other two classes in the 6th grade. That’s a lot. In fact, Xy said she hasn’t seen so many parents at an open house since she taught at […]Read More → Open House
I had breakfast with Arthur Hardy this morning! Yes, the Arthur Hardy. Michael and I met him at Betsy’s Pancake House to discuss how Mid-City Neighborhood Organization might work with the Warren Easton Charter Foundation, of which Arthur (class of ’65) is Vice-President. I live right behind Warren Easton High School, so I’m very much […]Read More → Breakfast with Arthur
Yesterday a bunch of teachers from Xy’s school gathered at the Dry Dock in Algiers Point for snacks and drinks. So after work, I rode my bike down Canal Street, took the ferry across the river, and joined them. It was fun to hang for a bit with some less-than-sober schoolteachers. Sadly, they seemed to […]Read More → Stranded on the West Bank!
Today was the first day of classes at several schools in the Algiers neighborhood of New Orleans, including Xy’s new school. It’s big news. That’s because these new charter schools — the Algiers Charter Schools Association — are billed as a bold new experiment for the city. I don’t know quite what to think of […]Read More → Back to School (Again)