Report Looks at School Board’s Performance as Financial Steward


Overview In The Accidental Steward: The Orleans Parish School Board as a Resource Manager in the Reform Era, BGR examines the Orleans Parish School Board’s performance as the financial steward for New Orleans’ unique, heavily charter school system.

BGR Analyzes State and Local Ballot Propositions

Overview In On the Ballot: November 6, 2012, BGR examines three proposed constitutional amendments, two propositions pertaining to multiple parishes in the New Orleans area, a proposed change to the City of New Orleans charter and two local tax...

On Vouchers: BESE Should Adopt Stronger Accountability Standards


In this edition of Now, BGR calls on the Louisiana Board of Elementary & Secondary Education (BESE) to tighten up the proposed criteria and accountability system for school participation in the State of Louisiana’s voucher program, called the Student...

Can Private School Vouchers Live Up to Their Promises?


Overview In Making Choice Right: Can Private School Vouchers Live Up to Their Promises? BGR examines the statewide school voucher program that the Governor is proposing, as well as the pilot program that has been in effect in New...

BGR Views Proposed Changes to School Facilities Plan


Overview In this letter to the Orleans Parish School Board, State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE), and the Recovery School District (RSD_ Superintendent, BGR joins with seven local business and civic organizations to ask the school districts...

BGR Examines Four Jefferson Parish Ballot Propositions

Overview On the Ballot: Jefferson Parish, April 30, 2011 examines four proposed tax renewals. One is a sales tax renewal for the Jefferson Parish Public School System. The other three are property tax renewals that support Jefferson Parish drainage,...

Addressing Core Infrastructure Needs in New Orleans

Overview In The Price of Civilization: Addressing Infrastructure Needs in New Orleans, BGR provides information on New Orleans’ core infrastructure needs – including streets, the systems of the Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans, schools and the Orleans...

Managing Innovation: Public School Governance in Orleans


Overview In Managing Innovation: Models for Governing the System of Public Schools in New Orleans, BGR and Tulane University’s Cowen Institute present five potential models for governing public schools in New Orleans’ decentralized system and discuss the advantages and...

BGR Finds Unanswered Questions in School Facilities Plan


Overview BGR’s release, School Facilities Plan Leaves Financing Questions Unanswered, examines the financial component of the School Facilities Master Plan for New Orleans. See also: BGR’s public comment letter BGR’s letter in The Times-Picayune

BGR Analyzes Four Orleans School Tax Renewals

Overview On the Ballot: Orleans Parish School Tax Renewals provides an overview of four New Orleans school property tax millages up for voter renewal on July 19, 2008. The taxes support basic operations and maintenance, among other needs.