When parents in New Orleans are deciding where to send their child to school, many of them use the letter grades schools get based on their student test scores.: 'A' for the schools with the highest scores, 'F' for those with the lowest.
But what about other factors: How equitable is the school? How experienced are its teachers? Are poor students getting the resources they need? And how equitable are New Orleans schools overall?
A new website called the New Orleans Education Equity Index seeks to help answer those questions. Nahlia Webber is executive director of the Orleans Public Education Network (OPEN), which helped create the index. The network held a panel on the new index Wednesday night at Propeller.
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