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.

Jefferson Parish public schools will postpone the start of the school year until rapid coronavirus testing is available for all symptomatic employees, the district announced Monday. Several teachers tested positive for the virus after returning to their classrooms last week.

Parents and teachers have long felt boxed out of the back-to-school conversation, but at Monday’s special City Council meeting almost everyone had a chance to speak.

The Orleans Parish School Board passed a resolution Thursday urging schools to allow their employees to work from home, following reports that some charter operators are requiring teachers to work from their classrooms even while students are learning remotely.

New Orleans Public School’s decision to start the school year virtually came as a major source of relief for teachers and parents who saw returning to the classroom as dangerous. But for teachers who are also parents, the announcement has had significant consequences.

A New Orleans charter school teacher has been fired, she says, for criticizing her school’s plan to have teachers conduct remote lessons from their classrooms.

New Orleans public schools will start the school year virtually with the goal of getting students back in the classroom after Labor Day, Superintendent Dr. Henderson Lewis Jr. said at a press conference Tuesday.

Black and Brown parents have been some of the most vocal opponents of New Orleans Public Schools’ plan to resume in-person learning early next month. Many are worried about their families’ safety after watching the coronavirus ravage their communities.

Only two New Orleans charter schools have recognized unions — Morris Jeff Community School and Benjamin Franklin High School. Both are calling for a virtual start to the school year.

When the coronavirus first hit New Orleans in early March, schools abruptly closed and the district transitioned to full-time online learning.

Many Louisiana schools are scheduled to reopen next month, but if the state is still in Phase 2 of reopening, high contact sports like football will not resume.

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