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Guiding New Orleans Parents in School Choice

May 27, 2015
Foundation Staff
Supporting the Urban League of New Orleans to inform parents about high quality schools

With dozens of schools in New Orleans, it can be tough for parents to navigate the education system to choose the best school for their child. Most schools require an application for enrollment, and families are often left to research schools on their own. A key component of rebuilding New Orleans’ public school system post-Katrina, is informing parents about their options for high-quality schools, regardless of their ZIP code, background or income level.

The Urban League of Greater New Orleans is working to expand its Parent Information Center, which serves as a central hub to educate parents about school choice and navigate the New Orleans education landscape. Additions include an early-childhood parent guide, increased access and parent support to ESL families and continued development of the annual Schools Expo, which brings families together with over 100 schools and community-based resource providers in the city. In 2014, 98% of families reported that attending the expo increased their knowledge of school options and the types of schools in the city

In 2014, the Walton Family Foundation awarded a $1.2 million grant to the Urban League of Greater New Orleans to support increased resources for parents. Since 2007, the foundation has invested more than $28 million to support K-12 public education in New Orleans.

Learn more about the Urban League of Greater New Orleans >

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