Jen is a mother of three children with very different needs, and she's all in when it comes to getting the right school experience for each of them—even if it means lining up at 4 AM.
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The real problem is that there aren’t enough great school options for the children of New Orleans.
An enrollment system built for fairness and targeted support helped 87% of students from closing schools get one of their top three school choices.
A New Orleans mom reflects on her experience trying to get her daughter into selective enrollment schools: "I’m a licensed social worker, so I’m used to dealing with paperwork and complex bureaucracies — but applying to schools was a whole different challenge."
When families have the ability to choose schools, do they flock to higher-performing schools? We took a closer look at kindergarten enrollment data in New Orleans to find out.
Changing how school grades are calculated changes the overall picture of school performance -- and yields new insights about New Orleans' schools.
Even in New Orleans, which is ten years into its all-choice era, this is still hard work for families, schools, and administrators. There’s a real difference between “increasing school choice” as an abstract policy position and making school choice work in practice.