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.

A bill meant to shield schools from civil lawsuits related to COVID-19 is now on its way to Gov. John Bel Edwards for final approval, but late changes made by a conference committee raised concerns on the House floor and almost killed the legislation.

Earlier this month, NOLA Public Schools asked parents the following question: Right now, do you plan to send your child to school if facilities open in August?

Schools should expect some students and staff to become infected with COVID-19 this coming school year. That’s according to joint guidance released Thursday by state health and education agencies.

Most colleges and universities have released tentative plans for in-person learning this fall. But there’s a catch: Many require Louisiana to be in Phase 3 and Gov. John Bel Edwards just extended Phase 2 for an additional 28 days.

As school systems continue to weigh their options for the fall, a new bill may help provide schools with increased legal protection and encourage some to resume in-person learning despite the associated risks.

Update: The city’s only remaining monument to John McDonogh — located across from Gallier Hall — was toppled on the morning of July 10.

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Louisiana State University will rename Middleton Library pending board approval.

*Updated 2:00 p.m. Friday June 12, 2020

Congress gave Louisiana more than $170 million last month through an emergency program meant to feed kids who usually receive free meals at school. But with the deadline for enrollment less than a week away, only about 60 percent of eligible children were enrolled.

New Orleans public schools officials have warned that the district may face multiple years of deficits due to COVID-19. But despite fears for the future, school officials say there will be no significant cuts to next year’s general fund budget in an effort to provide schools some stability.

Tropical Storm Cristobal made landfall in southeast Louisiana late Sunday afternoon, before weakening to a tropical depression. The effects of the storm were fairly routine and the threat of storm surge along the Gulf coast has been discontinued according to the National Hurricane Center.

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