Publications


State of Black New Orleans 10 Years Post Katrina


It has been 10 years since Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans. Since that time, there have been unprecedented changes in New Orleans and its people. The events of August 29th of 2005 proved horrific for the lives and neighborhoods of those unable to evacuate. At 4:30 a.m., leaks in the floodgates began flooding areas such as Pontchartrain Park. By 5:00 a.m., storm surges from the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet crumbled levee sections and the waters started seeping in toward St. Bernard Parish and the Lower Ninth Ward. At 6:30 a.m., storm surges pushed the water in the Industrial Canal over the levees and flooded all of New Orleans East, where large numbers of Black professionals and entrepreneurs resided. At 6:50 a.m., the same surge began flooding the Lower Ninth Ward once more, as well as the mixed race Gentilly area and Pontchartrain Park, which had already flooded. Then the levee walls on the west side of the Industrial Canal failed, sending water cascading into New Orleans neighborhoods miles away including Treme. By the end of the day, 80% of the city was underwater.

 

OpEd Submitted by Urban League
To What End? Equity, Education and Standardized Tests


For decades, “tests” have been used to influence high stakes decisions like grade promotion, and to “track” students into certain academic pathways. Communities of color have plenty of reasons to distrust standardized testing, from racially-biased test questions, to test score misuses that frequently disadvantage students of color. It is no surprise then that communities of color are wary of these assessments. Yet, for all its problems, standardized tests still have tremendous especially in our quest for equitable, high quality education for our children.

 

Special Education: A Parent’s Perspective


A Critical Need for Highly Qualified and Certified Teachers: A Parent Perspective


The mission of the Urban League of Greater New Orleans (ULGNO) is to help individuals attain economic self-sufficiency through advocacy and community organization as well as program services in areas of education, economic development, employment and training, youth and family services. Positioned to achieve great success, ULGNO recognizes the opportunity and responsibility facing the greater New Orleans region. As such, ULGNO takes a broader consideration of both the value created in each life the Urban League touches and how such translates into rebuilding systems, infrastructure and the local economy, all of which are keys to creating sustainable change and improving individual life chances.



Urban League 2015 Annual Report


The mission of the Urban League of Greater New Orleans (ULGNO) is to help individuals attain economic self-sufficiency through advocacy and community organization as well as program services in areas of education, economic development, employment and training, youth and family services. Positioned to achieve great success, ULGNO recognizes the opportunity and responsibility facing the greater New Orleans region. As such, ULGNO takes a broader consideration of both the value created in each life the Urban League touches and how such translates into rebuilding systems, infrastructure and the local economy, all of which are keys to creating sustainable change and improving individual life chances.



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The New Orleans Guide to High School and Beyond


The Urban League of Greater New Orleans Parent Information Center (PIC) is proud to present the 3rd edition of the New Orleans Guide to High Schools. The PIC strives to empower parents to be successful agents and advocates for excellent schools and also to educate parents about school choices. The New Orleans Guide to High Schools was created in response to the need for a resource that would aid students and parents in their journey to finding the right high school. We know that every parent does not always have time to visit every school, so our goal was to create a comprehensive guide that would allow parents and students to make informed decisions on high school. There is information on every high school including their admissions process, average ACT scores, and the percentage of students who graduate and attend college. Parents can now spend less time researching information and more time deciding which school is the best fit for their child.