6:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.
NABJ Town Hall Meeting
Location: Dillard University, Georges Auditorium, 2601 Gentilly Blvd., New Orleans
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Reforming Education in Post-Katrina Louisiana
One of the legacies of Hurricane Katrina is the nearly total transformation of New Orleans’ beleaguered public education system. Voucher programs are expanding, with the most recent state school reform legislation enabling more students across Louisiana to attend private schools at taxpayer expense. Opponents contend that under this system, there’s an absence of widespread access to special needs education, less accountability for individual institutions and a greater likelihood that children of less-involved parents may fall through the cracks. A panel of experts engages a discussion of the controversial topic with local residents.
Norman Robinson, Anchor, WDSU-TV, New Orleans
Dr. Lance Hill, Executive Director, Southern Institute for Education and Research, Tulane University
Kenneth L. Campbell, Board Member, Black Alliance for Educational Options
Karran Harper Royal, Parent, Education Activist
Kira Orange- Jones, Executive Director, Teach For America/Greater New Orleans; Member, State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education