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Education

City Challenge / Problem

Unhealthy kids

My Solution / Idea

It is absolutely essential that kids eat healthy if they are to grow their brain. I would create a food co-op that unites local organic farmers with schools in the area. Local farmers are able to grow their businesses, and kids get healthy options at breakfast and lunch.

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City Challenge / Problem

Violence in schools

My Solution / Idea

We should hire more school psychologists. Violence is a cry for attention that some students may not be getting from parents at home. Adolescents are not immune to the stress lingering from Hurricane Katrina. The watchful eye of a good psychologist can keep a kid in school, out of jail, and on the path to college. The importance of practicing stress management techniques such as exercise, yoga, and healthy eating, should be emphasized for students, teachers, and administrators.

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City Challenge / Problem

General low-quality education for kids going through the RSD system.

My Solution / Idea

Encourage charter schools as much as possible. Whenever a group of idealistic, knowledgeable, committed people unite to focus their energy on teaching children, they usually succeed. Our kids benefit the most from the formation of new schools led by optimistic teachers and administrators. Yes, students in the RSD are left out, but until the RSD can get its act together, it should not be trusted with the majority of our kids.

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City Challenge / Problem

Our school system is too decentralized and without leadership to keep schools on track.

Lack of quality education lies at the root of many of N.O.‘s most serious problems, contributing to a culture of crime and hindering the growth of a strong family-based middle class. Drop out rates are high, graduates from local universities move away to raise families and the city loses valuable human infrastructure. Disparity in access to good schools only darkens the lines between races in the city.

My Solution / Idea

Charters have proven successful on some fronts but too many schools are still slipping through the cracks.

The mayor needs to serve as a leader, even if just as a figurehead, to create a standards for the education of our youth. I am tired of seeing people in our city’s administrations, past and present, shrugging off responsibility for our bleeding and lopsided school system just because they don’t run the school board.

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City Challenge / Problem

disparity in school quality

My Solution / Idea

I think there is too large of a disparity between good and bad schools. I like the charter school system that has been implemented and is growing. I think a more concentrated effort towards these types of ‘public’ school would make all the schools good schools

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City Challenge / Problem

Less Emphasis on the needs of our children and how to provide them resources, education, and keep them off the street.

My Solution / Idea

We need to reclaim our youth and put them first.Provide initial funds to Nord to make their programs efficient.Create after-school programs,summer programs, and others to continue to teach and engage the youth in our community.
Create more community centers in the city that provide local access to resources such as computers,workshops,athletic &health; activities.

Create city-wide initiatives & funding to encourage students to not only receive “trade skills” but college edu.& mentor programs.

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City Challenge / Problem

While before Katrina the 500 million dollar budget was obviously a waste and the school system a mess, now it is very confusing for parents to know where their kids can go and how to get into a school.

My Solution / Idea

I would create some sort of a system to help track what schools there are in Orleans parish and all of the rules, regulations and processes necessary to enroll your child. Maybe an office someone can go to and have staff knowledgeable of the schools to answer all your questions.

Imagine that. An office run by the city with has people there who help you get something done to improve your life in the city.

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Holidays on the Gulf Coast Videos

Saints Videos

What is your favorite?

What should Ray Nagin talk about on the Daily Show?

Classic Nola TV

Where have all they all gone?

Videos

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Intro Video 4:16
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Westley Bayas, 26 THE PHOENIX OF NEW ORLEANS
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Sha'Condria Sibley, 28 TEACH FOR AMERICA
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Rafael Delgadillo, 27 PUENTES
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Peter Gardner, 30 FRERET BUSINESS AND PROPERTY ASSOCIATION
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Neel Sus, 31 SUSCO SOLUTIONS
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Miji Park, 25 THE IDEA VILLAGE
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Lauren Rae Sullivan, 24 NOLA CYCLE, LAGNIAPPE ACADEMIES OF NEW ORLEANS (CHARTER SCHOOL)
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Austin Lavin, 25 WORKNOLA
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Brian Denzer, 43 NOLASTAT
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Carolina Hernandez, 33 NOESIS DESIGN ASSOCIATES, LLC
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Damien LaManna, 29 MORGAN + COMPANY
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Fred Neal, 32 VILLAVASO AND ASSOCIATES
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Giovanni Vargas, 27 MONOPOLI PROJECTS
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Jade Russell, 31 ADAMS AND REESE
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Katie Del Guercio, 27 KODA.US

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