University View Academy Welcomes Dr. Michelle Clayton to Leadership Team under Superintendent Dr. Lonnie Luce
Dr. Clayton will serve as Associate Superintendent of Innovation and Interim K-8 Principal
University View Academy Superintendent Dr. Lonnie Luce announced the appointment of Dr. Michelle Clayton, former Deputy Superintendent of East Baton Rouge Parish School System, as the new Associate Superintendent of Innovation and Interim K-8 Principal for the state’s top academic performing online K-12 Charter School.
Dr. Luce said Dr. Clayton is now part of his dream team of educators to lead University View Academy into being a K-14 charter school in which every student in every parish of the state has the opportunity to gain a quality public education from day one to graduation, and earn two years towards a college degree by graduation time if they so desire.
Young Audiences Charter School (YACS) Joins the Greater New Orleans
Collaborative of Charter Schools (GNOCCS)
Young Audiences Charter School (YACS), an open enrollment, arts-integrated K-7 grade charter school located at 1407 Virgil St. in Gretna and authorized by the Jefferson Parish School Board, has joined the Greater New Orleans Collaborative of Charter Schools (GNOCCS), announced President Latoye Brown.
The GNOCCS is a non-profit organization established in 2006 to ensure the sustainability and growth of high quality public charter schools in the Greater New Orleans Area in order to offer families a choice among high quality educational programs.
STATE SCHOOL READINESS TAX CREDIT PROGRAMS GAIN $5 MILLION ADDITIONAL DOLLARS, BUT EARLY CHILD CARE AND EDUCATION ADVOCATES LEAVE SESSION WITH LOTS LEFT TO DO NEXT YEAR
Despite a Legislation Session filled with fiscal struggles, the Louisiana Policy Institute for Children (LPIC) said there were victories in early child care and education policies for advocates to celebrate, specifically a 30 percent increase in School Readiness Tax Credits funding advanced by Senator J.P. Morrell, co-authored by State Representative Patricia Smith, and supported by Representative Cameron Henry.
The School Readiness Tax Credit Programs, a model legislative initiative that has been effective in improving the quality of child care in Louisiana helped more than 13,000 families last year fund early child care for their child aged 0 to 4. The increase in available credits will help meet the unmet need in the state, which exceeds an additional 20,000 children, according to the LPIC.
“I am thrilled,” said LPIC Director Melanie Bronfin. “Thanks to SR 209 (Morrell)/HR 217(Smith), there is a $5 million increase in the School Readiness Tax Credits funding.”
The Warren Easton Gia Maione Prima Foundation Summer Camp will holds its summer performance to showcase their camp accomplishments. Performance will include a video presentation of the summer marching band field show and a performance by the jazz band and marching band
Wednesday, June 28 1pm
Warren Easton Charter High School
Arthur Hardy Auditorium
3019 Canal St. in New Orleans
The Diverse Charter Schools Coalition Board, members, staff, and partners honored International School of Louisiana with the Achievement Gap Award for demonstrating exceptional commitment to successfully closing achievement gaps. The inaugural awards were presented during the DCSC Annual Convening on Sunday June 11.
The International School of Louisiana (ISL), receiving the Achievement Gap Award, was founded in 2000 by a group of parents who envisioned a public school offering a foreign language-based academic program with a global perspective. Students are taught core academic subjects in either French or Spanish through everyday conversation and classroom instruction learn a second language naturally. Their unique school model has produced achievement gap-closing results. In both the 2014-15 and the 2015-2016 school years, ISL has had a greater percentage of its minority and economically disadvantaged students scoring at “Mastery or above” than the district of New Orleans or the state. Within the school, almost two-thirds of ISL students qualify for free and reduced lunch and have an average of 92% in Basic or Above on the Louisiana Educational Assessment Program assessment. Head of School Melanie Tennyson attributes their academic success to the hard work and dedication of ISL teachers and staff implementing the language immersion program through the ISL experience.
17 Louisiana Police Chiefs and Sheriffs say supporting efforts by Louisiana Policy Institute for Children
17 Louisiana Police Chiefs and Sheriffs say Louisiana decision-makers must return funding for quality early child care programs as a priority if state to combat crime
Seventeen Louisiana members of Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, a nationwide, bipartisan, non-profit organization of more than 5,000 police chiefs, sheriffs, prosecutors, and violence survivors are supporting efforts by the Louisiana Policy Institute for Children to return state funding for quality early child care programs to a position of priority. “We are committed to research-based solutions that prevent crime. Research confirms that high-quality early care and education programs can decrease the chances a kid will become involved in crime later in life,” the joint statement says above the signature of Sheriffs from Lafourche, Rapides and St. Charles Parishes, and the Police Chiefs from Baker, Benton, Campti, Morgan City, Grambling, Heflin, Hodge, Kentwood, Lake Charles, and Westlake. The District Attorney of Orleans, university security heads, as well as the Louisiana Association of Chiefs of Police also signed the statement.
Judge Michael Bagneris, a candidate for Mayor, tonight issued the following statement:
Like other sensible New Orleanians, I am appalled at the city administration's excuse on tonight's news that again dismisses the fact that the gutted police force--from 1600 to 1100 officers--is the reason for our city’s public safety problems. The Mayor arrogantly refuses to accept responsibility and instead blames our people and our community's culture.
As someone who grew up in Desire, I can attest that a poor, violent neighborhood, where there is no consistent police presence, is a killing zone…not because of the culture of the majority of the people who live there, but because of the bullies.
Crime is ravaging our City. Crime is up in New Orleans because police manpower is down. And, criminals know it. You can’t be nice with the bad guys.
The District Attorney and other crime fighters estimate there are 200 individuals who are terrorizing this community. 200. The reason we can’t stop them is because there aren’t enough cops. Period.
There has been no Police Academy for nearly four years!
Crime cameras don’t deter crime; police officers do! Addressing the crime problem will require:
(1) immediately increasing the number of police officers, and
(2) developing a long-range plan to prevent a drastic reduction in the number of officers.
Stop blaming and take the steps to change! We can take those steps RIGHT NOW.
It is with a great deal of enthusiasm that the Orleans District Attorney’s Office extends the invitation to our community to join us for the 7th Annual DA’s Citizens Academy, Sept. 12-October 31, 2017.
Together we will learn about the Criminal Justice System and the role of the prosecutor for the Parish of Orleans State of Louisiana. This Academy was created to educate the public on all subjects within the criminal justice system. Knowledge is a powerful ally to fight crime if you are a victim, witness or one chosen for a jury. This is our mission and we take it seriously.
DA Leon Cannizzaro offers his Citizens Academy at no charge to the community. Crimestoppers assists with funding for a delicious light meal each week. Class is limited to 35-40 and is held in the Grand Jury Room of the District Attorney’s Office, 619 South White Street, NOLA 70119. Registration is required by email to Anne Zoller Kiefer, firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 504-571-293.
All are encouraged to enter into open discussions with DA Leon Cannizzaro and his senior staff. Real case studies are brought to life and discussed so when case law is applied it is understood. You become the jury as each week and are asked to evaluate what is presented.
Attorneys attending our DA’s Academy will receive Continuing Legal Education Credits. Two credit hours are earned for attending each of the first seven classes for a total of fourteen CLE hours. The only request we have for attorneys is that they attend five of the seven classes for the CLE credit. The last class has no credit but because it is Graduation.
Making a public school decision for Louisiana’s littlest learners:
Why parents are increasingly looking to Louisiana’s top performing online school for Kindergarten through 5th grade
Parents want to make sure, right from the start, that their little learners are on the right path as they enter Kindergarten or a public school’s earliest grades. In Louisiana, more and more parents find that path begins at a free public completely online school…University View Academy.
University View Academy serves approximately 2000 families with students enrolled in grades K-12 every year, from parishes throughout the state. The school opened six years ago as Louisiana Connections Academy and recently changed its name to emphasize its educational mission.
Superintendent Lonnie Luce recently announced that every 8th grader is allowed to enter an associate’s degree track and actually graduate with two years of college credit or an associates degree from a Louisiana community college under their belt—FOR FREE! It’s the first such program in the state and all of Louisiana’s 13 community colleges are participating.