Ashana Bigard

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Ashana is a life long resident of New Orleans, mother of three, social justice organizer, and advocate for children and families in Louisiana. She currently advocates with the Education Justice Project of New Orleans, and the United Students of New Orleans. She also organizes with the Woman’s Health & Justice Initiative and for expended housing affordability opportunities for low-income families.


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For the third year in a row, New Orleans schools have slipped in state ratings. Students like Rahsaan Ison deserve more—so we took action. more

Dec 6, 2017 4:09 PM Public School Shakedown 2 Comments


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How public schools in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico can avoid New Orleans’ post-Katrina fate. more

Oct 10, 2017 4:09 PM Public School Shakedown


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When Stalin's statues came down in Russia, it was because the people had toppled the system—not just a statue. We certainly cannot say the same thing about the system of racist oppression General E. Lee’s statue represented. more

Jun 7, 2017 2:02 PM Public School Shakedown 2 Comments

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Brian Hubble

No school board should allow children’s social, emotional, and physical well-being to become a bargaining chip in educational experiments on vulnerable populations. more

May 8, 2017 6:01 PM Public School Shakedown

The process is a nightmare for parents and community members. more

Jan 8, 2017 12:00 AM Public School Shakedown

Many people are upset about what happened to New Orleans schools after Hurricane Katrina. Don't let this happen in your hometown! more

Oct 24, 2016 8:07 PM Public School Shakedown

When all eyes turned to New Orleans, I thought, finally, things will change. more

Aug 29, 2016 8:32 PM Magazine

Destiny arrived at high school one day with a stun gun. more

May 10, 2016 5:00 AM Public School Shakedown

Even though discriminating against students based on income and class has been illegal for decades (and immoral forever), it's still happening every day. more

Jan 15, 2016 6:56 PM Public School Shakedown

The U.S. incarcerates more people than almost any other nation. But even worse, we incarcerate children. more

Dec 4, 2015 5:48 PM Public School Shakedown

Art by Brian Hubble I am a parent of three, a black New Orleanian with roots going back at least five generations. I’m usually happy and optimistic, but when I talk about what has happened to my city, especially its schools, I become angry. ... more

Aug 25, 2015 10:18 PM Op-Eds 1 Comments

As a New Orleans parent and an active member of my community, I think of myself as an expert on the experiment in education reform that tranformed my city into the nation's first all-charter school district. So when I attended a recent community-... more

Aug 13, 2015 3:38 PM Public School Shakedown 4 Comments

Editor’s Note: The National Charter Schools Conference took place this summer at the  New Orleans convention center, on the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Katrina was, in the infamous words of Education Secretary Arne Duncan "the best th... more

Jun 26, 2015 5:18 PM Public School Shakedown 3 Comments