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.


Gordon Lew

The ripple effects of racially biased school discipline practices are traumatic for black families, including one I work with in Louisiana. Read more

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Pundits say Louisiana has finally returned control of New Orleans charter schools to a locally elected school board, and that they are now accountable to the city’s residents. But New Orleanians will tell you: that’s not the case. Read more

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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. Read more

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

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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. Read more

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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. Read more

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

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

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


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

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

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

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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. ... Read more

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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-... Read more

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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... Read more

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