Aubri Juhasz

Aubri Juhasz is the education reporter for New Orleans Public Radio. Before coming to New Orleans, she was a producer for National Public Radio’s All Things Considered. She helped lead the show's technology and book coverage and reported her own feature stories, including the surge in cycling deaths in New York City and the decision by some states to offer competitive video gaming to high school students as an extracurricular activity.

She grew up on Long Island and holds a bachelor's degree in English and political science from Barnard College, Columbia University.

Louisiana may dial back some coronavirus restrictions beginning next week in response to the state’s improving health trends, Gov. John Bel Edwards said during a town hall Thursday morning.

School and daycare staff are among 1.65 million Louisianans eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine beginning Monday, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Thursday afternoon.

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If you ask a New Orleanian who Mardi Gras is for, they’ll likely paint you some version of a timeless picture: Locals and tourists standing shoulder to shoulder watching a parade roll by, competing for throws and drinking beers from the same cooler.

When Crissy Whalin and her 12-year-old son, Zephyr Cooke, settled in the New Orleans neighborhood of Algiers Point in 2020, the last thing they expected was a front-row seat to the city's Mardi Gras comeback.

Their neighborhood has emerged as a house float hotbed in recent weeks. There are more than 140 decorated homes within walking distance and thousands more a short drive away.

"I'm from California, where we would just be complaining," Whalin said. "People in New Orleans know how to take the crap and make something great with it."

Among the many groups sitting this Carnival season out are the city’s Mardi Gras Indians.

They’d typically take to the streets wearing brand new costumes, showcasing a year's worth of labor. Now, those suits sit unfinished in living rooms and on kitchen tables.

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For history teachers, Donald’s Trump presidency meant not only teaching history but living through it — responding to extraordinary events in real time and helping students understand their significance.

Mayor LaToya Cantrell issued a community call to action Tuesday morning, asking all New Orleanians to help students "wake up and learn" in a bid to tackle the city's high rate of absenteeism.

Since classrooms reopened in late September, the district has recorded 559 cases of COVID-19, according to new data released Monday.

Citing the city’s improving health trends, New Orleans public school officials announced Wednesday that many students will be allowed to resume in-person instruction as early as next week.

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