Last fall I spent some time at the Tulane Towers Learning Center near the intersection of Tulane Avenue and Broad Street in New Orleans. Jerome Jupiter generously allowed me the freedom to talk to staff and students at his program, New Orleans Providing Literacy to All Youth (NOPLAY). The result is my article on the work they are doing to help people who are not enrolled in traditional schools earn their General Educational Development (GED) certificate. The Crisis, the magazine for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), published the story in its current edition.
This is a piece that I began working on in early March after a forum on public education and parent involvement organized by New America Media. I’m very grateful to all the people who provided information and insight for this article.
The Vietnamese American Young Leaders Association of New Orleans held a rally last week in front of Ben Franklin High School to protest the lack of free transportation for students coming from the East. I covered the event for The Louisiana Weekly.