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‘Yes’ on Jefferson Parish school tax renewal: Editorial

Nov 23, 2016

“The school system struggles to keep up with the mounting maintenance and repair needs of its aging facilities – the average school building is 52 years old. Without the millage, its capacity to address facility needs could diminish,” BGR said

Source: NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

Bureau of Governmental Research Backs Millage/Tax Renewals on December Ballot

Nov 18, 2016

The Bureau of Governmental Research (BGR) throws its support behind millages and a 1% sales tax renewal on the December 10th ballot. At that time voters will decide whether to renew a millage for Drainage and Recreation, also renewals for a 1% Sales Tax and a Jefferson Parish School Property Tax.

Source: Jefferson Parish

4 Jefferson Parish tax renewals backed by independent non-profit

Nov 17, 2016

The Bureau of Governmental Research called the sales tax a “core funding source” for local government for more than three decades. “Renewal of the sales tax would enable the parish to finance much-needed road and sewerage improvements on both sides of the Mississippi River,” the agency said.

Source: NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

President John Nicklow wants 12,000 students at University of New Orleans in 5 years

Jul 21, 2016

In five years, new University of New Orleans president John Nicklow envisions a revitalized school — with 12,000 students. “That is a lofty goal,” he admitted to an audience Thursday (July 21) at a Bureau of Governmental Research breakfast.

Source: NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

New UNO President John Nicklow aims to boost enrollment to 12,000 in five years

Jul 21, 2016

“Rebuilding our enrollment is my top priority,” Nicklow told a packed room at a breakfast briefing hosted by the Bureau of Governmental Research, a nonprofit group that analyzes public policies.

Source: The Advocate

New broom promises to clean house in Orleans Parish schools office

Apr 15, 2015

Lewis presented his plan at a Bureau of Governmental Research breakfast Wednesday (April 15), at a time of great optimism and great frustration for New Orleans schools.

Source: NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

Henderson Lewis to lay out New Orleans school plan at April breakfast

Mar 26, 2015

Henderson Lewis Jr., the new Orleans Parish school superintendent, will share his ideas for his first half-year at an April 15 breakfast. … The Bureau of Governmental Research is hosting the event, which is sponsored by IberiaBank.

Source: NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

A fresh start for New Orleans schools: Editorial

Jan 25, 2015

He broke down each priority in detail, including a promise to attend meetings of charter school boards, meet with the district attorney on pending litigation and figure out how to remedy concerns about the system’s tax accounting system raised in a 2013 Bureau of Governmental Research report.

Source: NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

Henderson Lewis Jr. chosen Orleans Parish school superintendent

Jan 20, 2015

His plan for his first 180 days on the job gets very specific about New Orleans issues, including teacher evaluations, minority contracts and a 2013 Bureau of Governmental Research report that took issue with the system’s tax accounting.

Source: NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

Here’s what would-be superintendents say they plan for Orleans Parish public schools

Jan 16, 2015

(Superintendent candidate Henderson Lewis Jr) would assess contracting processes and finances, guided in part by 2013 recommendations from the Bureau of Governmental Research.

Source: NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

Nell Nolan: Tocqueville of United Way, BGR, Art Against AIDS, and STUDS Scholarship Social

Dec 26, 2014

The annual Bureau of Governmental Research Luncheon amassed a crowd of 800-plus at the New Orleans Marriott to hear guest speaker Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education (who got a big applause when he said, “I think education should have nothing to do with politics”).

Source: The Advocate

Sneering press release proof Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal out of line

Dec 16, 2014

If so, you wouldn’t know it from a sneering press release he put out last week — from his official gubernatorial account, no less — on the occasion of a visit to New Orleans by Arne Duncan, President Barack Obama’s education secretary and the main speaker at the Bureau of Governmental Research’s annual luncheon.

Source: The Advocate

Our Views: Permanent campaign mode

Dec 14, 2014

Education Secretary Arne Duncan received a warm welcome in New Orleans on Thursday when he spoke to the Bureau of Governmental Research, and he returned the favor by praising the city for its fearlessness in rebuilding public education.

Source: The Advocate

Listen: Education Secretary Arne Duncan praises New Orleans’ educational gains

Dec 11, 2014

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan praised the academic gains in New Orleans that followed Hurricane Katrina to a supportive audience Thursday (Dec. 11) at the annual luncheon of the Bureau of Governmental Research. “The before and after story is pretty stark,” he said. “I’m just in awe of what this community’s done collectively.”

Source: NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

Jindal blasts Duncan ahead of NOLA visit

Dec 11, 2014

Education Secretary Arne Duncan is headed to New Orleans today to speak at the Bureau of Governmental Research’s annual meeting and for a couple events highlighting educator leadership. But Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said he wonders whether Duncan is visiting to double down on Obama administration policies that he claims were rejected during the midterms.

Source: Politico

Education Secretary Arne Duncan Says New Orleans Is Winning The Battle For Public Education

Dec 11, 2014

US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan addressed the annual lunch for the nonprofit Bureau of Governmental Research on Thursday. He called New Orleans an example for the nation in school innovation, and cited a long list of statistics in achievement improvements since 2005. Then, 60 percent of students attended a failing school, while that number has dropped to 5 percent today.

Source: WWNO

Education secretary says U.S. is falling behind. Are we aware?: Jarvis DeBerry

Dec 11, 2014

Arne Duncan, secretary of the U.S. Department of Education, told the annual luncheon of the Bureau of Governmental Research that a generation ago, the United States was number one in the world in college completion rate. Now we’re 12th. We rank even worse — 28th — when it comes to providing children with a high quality pre-school, Duncan said.

Source: NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

Arne Duncan: New Orleans education community is ‘leading the nation where we have to go’

Dec 11, 2014

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan praised New Orleans’ academic progress and defended Common Core in a speech Thursday (Dec. 11) to a supportive crowd of New Orleans business, education and political leaders. “You’re leading the nation where we have to go,” Duncan said at the annual luncheon of the Bureau of Governmental Research, a non-profit watchdog group.

Source: NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan takes jab at Louisiana officials over Common Core

Dec 11, 2014

“What we’ve done is encourage states to raise their standards,” Duncan told a crowd gathered for the Bureau of Governmental Research’s annual luncheon at the Marriott Hotel. “So many states have dummied down their standards to make politicians look good … and to me, that’s one of the most insidious things that can happen in public education.”

Source: The Advocate

Our Views: Welcome to Duncan

Dec 11, 2014

But today, one of President Barack Obama’s top appointees is certain of a warm welcome in New Orleans when he addresses the annual luncheon of the Bureau of Governmental Research. That is because Arne Duncan, head of the U.S. Department of Education, has been a terrific proponent of reform and improvement in Orleans schools.

Source: The Advocate

The New Orleans Advocate voter guide

Dec 4, 2014

We agree with the Bureau of Governmental Research: “With new and renovated schools coming online, the need for regular repair and replacement of New Orleans’ school facilities is growing once again. The tax proposition would go a long way toward avoiding past practices of neglect and ensuring that school buildings are preserved for generations of students to come.”

Source: The Advocate

New Orleans school property tax would raise $15.5 million for building maintenance

Nov 21, 2014

Endorsements: The editorial boards of NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune, Gambit and The New Orleans Advocate support the measure. So do the Bureau of Governmental Research, Stand for Children, the Urban League of Greater New Orleans, Orleans Public Education Network and the New Orleans Business Council.

Source: NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

Coalition questions school tax campaign

Nov 20, 2014

The Bureau of Governmental Research (BGR) says when current construction bond debt is paid off, an estimated $15 million is expected to be raised per year for public school facility maintenance

Source: WWL-TV

Our Views: Back tax for schools

Nov 20, 2014

We agree with the Bureau of Governmental Research: “With new and renovated schools coming online, the need for regular repair and replacement of New Orleans’ school facilities is growing once again. The tax proposition would go a long way toward avoiding past practices of neglect and ensuring that school buildings are preserved for generations of students to come.”

Source: The Advocate

‘Yes’ to New Orleans school maintenance tax proposition: Editorial

Nov 15, 2014

The revenues for maintenance would be modest at first but would rise to an estimated $14.8 million per year after the bonds are paid off in 2021, according to an analysis by the Bureau of Governmental Research.

Source: NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

U.S. education secretary plans New Orleans speech

Oct 8, 2014

Duncan will appear at the annual luncheon of the Bureau of Governmental Research, a nonprofit group that analyzes public policies.

Source: The Advocate

U.S. education secretary to speak in New Orleans this December

Oct 6, 2014

Arne Duncan, U.S. education secretary since 2009, will be the featured speaker Dec. 11 at the annual luncheon of the Bureau of Governmental Research.

Source: NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

Building a Better School Board

Jun 2, 2014

Such a trend developed in the mid-1980s to diversify the makeup of boards, a 2010 Bureau of Governmental Research study says. The BGR study says that New Orleans transitioned from an at-large elected board in ’87 to a board of five-district and two at-large members.

Source: New Orleans Magazine

How to Design a School Board

May 1, 2014

As the BGR and Cowen Institute said in 2010, “There is no perfect solution for school governance in New Orleans. But one thing is clear: We can and must improve upon past governance structures.”

Source: New Orleans Magazine

Independent auditor expresses confidence in Orleans Parish School Board finances

Jan 16, 2014

DeLarge alluded to criticism of the School Board’s financial management, which included a Bureau of Governmental Research report. He said staff were making changes from earlier processes to align with how they actually do business.

Source: NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

Our Views: BGR helped shape 2013

Jan 2, 2014

After a deeply partisan 2013, where will Americans find common ground in 2014?

Source: The Advocate

New Orleans schools get $7.8 million in belated tax revenue

Dec 24, 2013

Despite improvement in the system’s financial status since Hurricane Katrina, a Bureau of Governmental Research report this spring questioned how good a job the Orleans Parish School Board was doing managing the tax dollars that go to state-authorized schools.

Source: NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

Refusal to return charter schools to OPSB sign of distrust of locally elected boards

Dec 20, 2013

There have been multiple calls in recent years to restructure the Orleans Parish School Board. The nonprofit think tank Bureau of Governmental Research and Tulane University’s Cowen Institute have proposed several options.

Source: The Lens

Jefferson renews property taxes for schools, sewerage, water

Oct 19, 2013

The Bureau of Governmental Research reports that a homestead-exempt homeowner with a property valued at $150,000 pays $52.50 annually in property taxes for Jefferson schools, $26.55 for water and $26.85 for sewers.

Source: NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

In Jefferson Parish, water, sewer and school taxes are essential: Editorial

Oct 6, 2013

As BGR pointed out in its analysis, the percentage of Jefferson students in D- or F-graded schools has fallen from 65 percent in 2011 to 27 percent this year. Half of the parish’s 80 public schools have improved by a letter grade, and the number of schools with A or B ratings has doubled in two years, BGR said.

Source: NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

Orleans Parish School Board president drops fight to oust interim superintendent

Aug 20, 2013

Janet Howard, president of the Bureau of Governmental Research, said the budget highlighted continuing deficiencies in the district’s record-keeping. It’s not possible to see exactly how the School Board manages money for charters and the Recovery School District, or how much for each of the five directly run schools.

Source: NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

Tax revenue enters the spotlight for Orleans Parish School Board, inspector general

Jul 15, 2013

The Bureau of Governmental Research published a report this spring criticizing the School Board’s accounting of money it manages for the Recovery School District.

Source: The Times-Picayune

Orleans Parish School Board fails to properly track money shared with RSD, report finds

Apr 25, 2013

The Orleans Parish School Board is not properly accounting for the money it shares with the Recovery School District, resulting in $2.1 million misspent in fiscal year 2011, according to a report released Thursday (April 25) by the Bureau of Governmental Research. The report recommends that the board change its bookkeeping procedures to clearly track shared revenues and costs.

Source: The Times-Picayune

Report sees improvement, challenges for Orleans board

Apr 25, 2013

While the Orleans Parish School Board’s finances have dramatically improved since Hurricane Katrina, it still faces significant challenges, according to a Bureau of Governmental Research report released Thursday.

Source: The Advocate

Strengths, flaws found in Orleans school finances

Apr 25, 2013

A New Orleans-based government watchdog group says the school system in New Orleans has significantly improved its financial operations in the years since Hurricane Katrina shut down the city’s public education system for months.

Source: The Associated Press

What do we want? Pension reform. When do we want it? Now.—James Varney

Nov 10, 2012

A spate of reports looking at the issue statewide has drawn these conclusions, and they were buttressed again last week with a report by the Bureau of Governmental Research. The BGR looked at 18 public retirement plans in Orleans, Jefferson and St. Tammany parishes. What it found is infuriating, if unsurprising.

Source: The Times-Picayune

Public pension funds in greater New Orleans more generous than most in US, BGR report says

Nov 9, 2012

Public pension funds in Orleans, Jefferson and St. Tammany parishes are more generous than in most of America, and costs to local taxpayers have been rising rapidly over the past decade, according to a study released Friday by the Bureau of Governmental Research.

Source: Nola.com

Voters to face crowded ballot

Nov 5, 2012

The National Rifle Association-pushed change won overwhelming legislative support during the 2012 Legislature. Supporters, including the Republican Party of Louisiana, say the change would protect gun rights regardless of who in the future is appointed to high court positions or elected to the Legislature.

Opponents include Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro, the Council for a Better Louisiana, based in Baton Rouge, and the Bureau of Governmental Research, in New Orleans. They claim that more than 80 laws could come under court challenge, including those stopping possession of guns by felons and banning possession of firearms in bars, at parades, on college campuses and the like.

Source: The Advocate

Election 2012: What’s on the ballot

Oct 31, 2012

The Bureau of Governmental Research in New Orleans looks at examines three of proposed constitutional amendments as well as two propositions that pertain to multiple parishes in the New Orleans area, a proposed change to the City of New Orleans charter and two local tax propositions.

Source: Nola.com

BGR President & CEO Discusses Items on the Nov. 6 Ballot

Oct 26, 2012

Source: WWL Radio

Election Recommendations

Oct 26, 2012

Too much toll money has been squandered over the years. The Bureau of Governmental Research reported in 2011 that only 19 cents of every dollar in tolls went to maintaining and policing the bridge.

Source: The Times-Picayune

What’s on your ballot: early voting begins Tuesday across Louisiana

Oct 22, 2012

he non-partisan groups Council for a Better Louisiana, Public Affairs Research Council and Bureau of Governmental Research have analyzed and taken positions on several of the amendments and all three groups urge voters to study the amendments beforehand to minimize delays at the polls.

Source: WWL-TV

What should local control of schools look like?

Sep 28, 2012

Various groups — the Bring New Orleans Back Commission, the Bureau of Governmental Research, the Cowen Institute, a group called Educate Now! and former board president Torin Sanders — have proposed local governance models, but Burel says OPEN is neutral on which model is best.

Source: The Times-Picayune

School vouchers make a comeback, stir concerns about quality

Aug 21, 2012

“The state needed to establish academic eligibility requirements [on] the front-end,” said Peter Reichard, projects manager at the Bureau of Governmental Research, an independent research organization in New Orleans. In a statement, BGR officials said, “Short of no accountability standards at all, it is difficult to imagine a lower standard of performance than what the proposed system offers.”

Source: NBC News

Spurred by voucher program, state officials may tighten rules on who can open private schools

Aug 14, 2012

Peter Reichard, projects manager at the Bureau of Governmental Research, argued that even with a more stringent approval process, private schools won’t be held to quite the same bar as public schools.

Source: The Times-Picayune

Plan for holding private schools accountable in voucher program wins board approval

Jul 25, 2012

The independent Bureau of Governmental Research released a report Monday criticizing White’s plan as too soft, both for excluding schools with fewer than 40 voucher students from facing consequences and for setting such a low bar for those with 40 or more.

Source: The Times-Picayune

Accountability for Louisiana school vouchers: An editorial

Jun 18, 2012

During the legislative session, the Bureau of Governmental Research laid out the pitfalls of lax or no accountability. “Under the proposed program, a student could use a voucher to transfer from an average-quality public school to a low-quality private school with no track record or qualifications,” BGR said in a report released earlier in the legislative session.

Source: The Times-Picayune

Bipartisan push helped to pass education bills

Apr 22, 2012

Another nonpartisan watchdog group, The New Orleans-based Bureau of Governmental Research was critical of some elements of the Jindal voucher plan but did not condemn the concept.

Source: The Associated Press

Louisiana’s education reform is a dramatic plan for schools and our children: An editorial

Apr 8, 2012

The Bureau of Governmental Research recently laid out the pitfalls of lax or no accountability. “Under the proposed program, a student could use a voucher to transfer from an average-quality public school to a low-quality private school with no track record or qualifications,” BGR said in a report released earlier in the legislative session.

Source: The Times-Picayune

Sunday Edition: Legislature focuses on education reform

Mar 18, 2012

Source: WWL-TV

Gov. Jindal’s education reforms need deliberation by legislators: An editorial

Mar 16, 2012

The Bureau of Governmental Research and Citizens for 1 Greater New Orleans argue that there should be greater accountability for schools accepting vouchers. They are right. The legislation as drafted does not ensure the academic quality of private or parochial schools in the program and does not provide for a process to remove vouchers from schools that perform poorly.

Source: The Times-Picayune

First Votes Set On Voucher, Tenure Bills

Mar 14, 2012

The Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana and the New Orleans-based Bureau of Governmental Research both said the proposal needs to beef up accountability standards for any private school taking the vouchers.

Source: WDSU

Watchdogs call for amending Jindal’s education plan

Mar 14, 2012

The high profile organizations calling for changes to Jindal’s plan included the Council for a Better Louisiana and The Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana, which said the bill appears to allow social promotion of public school students who transfer to private schools using the government vouchers. The New Orleans-based Bureau of Governmental Research had similar complaints.

Source: Fox 8

Report says Jindal’s voucher plan in need of work

Mar 14, 2012

Gov. Bobby Jindal’s proposal to expand statewide a school voucher program that was piloted in New Orleans in 2008 needs a number of revisions if it’s to be as successful as the governor says it will be. That’s according to a new study from the New Orleans-based research organization Bureau of Governmental Research.

Source: The Greater Baton Rouge Business Report

Bobby Jindal school voucher plan worries watchdog group

Mar 14, 2012

BGR is recommending the program be limited to students already attending or heading into schools rated D or F. The group also calls for excluding private schools that can’t outperform the public schools from which they draw voucher students, arguing, “The state should establish appropriate academic eligibility standards and mandate the rigorous testing needed to determine whether a school meets them.”

Source: The Times-Picayune

Teachers need greater role in decision-making, Jefferson Parish superintendent says

Oct 19, 2011

With contract negotiations between the Jefferson Parish School Board and its teachers union set to begin next spring, the two sides agree on at least one issue: Teachers need to be more involved in decision-making. “We feel that teachers are left out of decision-making,” interim schools Superintendent James Meza said Tuesday at a breakfast briefing of the Bureau of Governmental Research at the Sheraton Metairie Hotel. “Teachers should have a voice not only in terms of curriculum but of resource allocation.”

Source: The Times-Picayune

Business, nonprofit leaders give latest school construction plan good grades

Oct 12, 2011

The same business and nonprofit groups that knocked a previous set of plans for rebuilding New Orleans public schools came out Wednesday in favor of the revisions unveiled last week. That’s an important endorsement of the so-called master plan, the city’s blueprint for spending the rest of almost $2 billion in FEMA recovery money earmarked for school construction, which heads to the local Orleans Parish School Board Thursday.

Source: The Times-Picayune

Future of Jefferson Parish schools topic of BGR briefing

Oct 8, 2011

James Meza, acting superintendent of the Jefferson Parish Public School System, will be the featured speaker at a Bureau of Governmental Research program on Tuesday.

Source: The Associated Press / The Republic

Master plan review reveals spending discrepancies for repairing, replacing schools

Aug 18, 2011

A group of civic, public policy and business organizations led by the Bureau of Governmental Research sharply criticized the proposed plan this month, calling for a “more utilitarian approach” with fewer “architectural dreams and luxuries.”

Source: CityBusiness

New Lawless High promised on old 9th Ward site

Aug 8, 2011

It was clear from Monday’s press conference that White is already making his pitch to the BESE and Orleans Parish School Boards. The votes were originally scheduled for late summer, but last week, think tank, the Bureau of Governmental Research, asked them to delay the votes because their research showed what they perceive as problems with the funding and scope of the schools included in the plan.

Source: WWLTV

Review New Orleans school master plan: An editorial

Aug 5, 2011

A group of business and nonprofit leaders is questioning whether the current plan accomplishes that purpose. They say the roughly $2 billion in federal funds earmarked to fix city schools should be enough to put every student in a new or renovated classroom. That may mean eliminating architectural luxuries that have characterized new schools built since the flood.

Source: The Times-Picayune

Business, nonprofit leaders voice concerns about New Orleans schools master plan

Aug 2, 2011

A group of New Orleans business and nonprofit leaders is calling for city and state education officials to head “back to the drawing board” on plans for spending what’s left of about $2 billion in federal aid earmarked for rebuilding the city’s public schools.

Source: The Times-Picayune

New Orleans business, civic groups say school master plan should go ‘back to drawing board’

Aug 1, 2011

“The amended plan would create gross inequity in the quality of school facilities across the city. Some school facilities would be built at a cost that far exceeds national norms. Others would get nothing, even where repairs are urgently needed,” states the letter signed representatives of the Bureau for Governmental Research, the Business Council of New Orleans, the New Orleans Chamber of Commerce, the New Orleans Regional Black Chamber of Commerce, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana, Citizens for 1 Greater New Orleans, Common Good and the Cowen Institute for Public Education Initiatives at Tulane University.

Source: The Newsroom, CityBusiness Blog

Dedicated Renewals

Apr 26, 2011

The proposition would renew the current 2.91 mills and increase the millage rate by a scant 0.59 mills — to a total rate of 3.5 mills. While renewal of the tax would produce a marginal property tax increase — literally pennies a day for a typical homeowner — failure to renew the measure would leave the Department of Juvenile Services without a dedicated funding source. The nonpartisan Bureau of Governmental Research (BGR), which supports this measure, noted that without it the department’s work would “fall to a thinly funded state office.”

Source: Gambit

Tulane Ed Institute Weighs In on Orleans Taxes

Mar 1, 2011

The Cowen Institute’s review draws from information in a recent report from the New Orleans watchdog group, Bureau for Governmental Research, as well as other studies. The institute does not agree, however, with BGR’s call to eliminate the homestead exemption in New Orleans, saying too many exemptions for nonprofits and too many unfairly assessed properties are the major issues.

Source: The New York Times

Report advises on future of N.O. schools

May 20, 2010

The report, titled “Managing Innovation: Models for Governing the System of Public Schools in New Orleans,” was released by two watchdog groups: Tulane University’s Cowen Institute for Public Education Initiatives and the Bureau of Governmental Research.

It comes at an opportune time; the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education must decide by late this year whether to extend state control over most of the city’s public schools beyond 2011 or return them to local control.

Source: The Times-Picayune

Letter to the Editor: School Board must address legacy, charter costs

Jul 2, 2009

The Orleans Parish School Board Financial Working Group is an independent group consisting of experts in education, law, facilities and finance put together by the Scott S. Cowen Institute for Public Education Initiatives in October 2008. The Working Group members include Grover Austin, Rick Conway, Leslie Jacobs, Janet Howard, David Marcello, Farhad Patel, Cleland Powell and me.

Source: The Times-Picayune

N.O. school building boom OK’d

Nov 13, 2008

Louisiana’s board of education unanimously approved a $2 billion school facilities plan for New Orleans, paving the way for the largest school building boom in the city’s history.

Source: Times-Picayune

Learning Curve: Quick Start school construction provides guidance on rebuilding master plan in N.O.

Nov 3, 2008

As planners create a blueprint for the future of public education in New Orleans, questions have arisen about where to find $1.2 billion to build it. But education leaders say ongoing construction projects are helping streamline the process and point to an affordable school building strategy.

Source: New Orleans CityBusiness

School officials take second look at master plan

Nov 2, 2008

School officials on Monday will unveil a revised school facilities master plan that shifts more projects into the first, five-year phase — the only portion of the sweeping plan currently fully financed — and defers decisions on closing four currently occupied campuses for several years.

Source: Times-Picayune

School Fund Source Scrutinized

Oct 28, 2008

BGR questions the School Facilities Master Plan.

Source: New Orleans CityBusiness

Editorial: Seeking details on school plan

Oct 19, 2008

Recovery School District officials say they don’t need to have financing in place for their entire 20-year school construction program to start replacing aging and flood-damaged buildings.

Source: Times-Picayune

Game Plan for Building N.O. Schools Questioned

Oct 16, 2008

Two independent groups on Wednesday raised red flags about the long-term financing behind the city’s ambitious and unprecedented school construction plan.

Source: Times-Picayune

Finances, Union Concern Candidates

Sep 24, 2008

Three of the four candidates for the 3rd District Orleans Parish School Board seat agree that finding ways to settle the board’s half-billion-dollar debt is a priority for the district.

Source: Times-Picayune

N.O. school millages renewed

Jul 20, 2008

New Orleans voters renewed four millages dedicated to public education on Saturday, recommitting about $32 million annually in tax money for purposes such as dropout prevention and teacher salaries.

Source: Times-Picayune

Voters face four millage renewals

Jul 19, 2008

New Orleans voters go to the polls today to decide whether to renew four property tax millages that bring in about $32 million annually for the city’s public schools, including charter schools.

Source: Times-Picayune

Commentary: Vote FOR public schools

Jul 15, 2008

Public education in New Orleans is improving. The latest LEAP test results show improvement across all school districts, ACT scores are up, charter schools offer more choices for parents, and in many schools the academic day and year have been extended. We need to keep this momentum going. Gambit Weekly therefore urges New Orleans citizens to go to the polls this Saturday (July 19) and vote FOR the four property tax renewals for public schools.

Source: Gambit Weekly

Editorial: Election Recommendations

Jul 13, 2008

This newspaper makes the following recommendations for propositions on the ballot Saturday.

Source: Times-Picayune

Keeping school reforms on track

Jul 12, 2008

In just two years, a mix of new and veteran educators have done what no educational reform movement had been able to do in Orleans Parish in over 30 years: They changed the landscape of public education and gave us hope for the future of our children and city

Source: Times-Picayune

Property tax vote affects schools

Jul 7, 2008

A diverse coalition of supporters is trying to generate interest in an upcoming midsummer vote to determine whether public schools in New Orleans will continue to collect about $30 million annually in taxes for such purposes as dropout prevention and teacher salaries.

Source: Times-Picayune

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