A Vision of Education Equity in New Orleans
The New Orleans Equity Index seeks to shine a light on the inequities that persist within and between schools in our city. Our vision is to create a New Orleans where every school values and intentionally promotes equity in policy and practice.
Policies, practices, and programs all contribute to the creation and institutionalization of persistent imbalances of power and privilege in education. Public school systems can perpetuate inequity by denying students access to quality educational opportunities and choices based on their race, class, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, language, and disability.
Eradicating education inequity is possible. Reaching education equity requires an intentional, persistent, and ongoing effort that includes the voices, experiences, and solutions of all members of our community—particularly those who are most marginalized.
Using school equity-related data, the Equity Index measures and reports on the component parts of educational equity in New Orleans. By improving transparency and accountability around practices and policies throughout the public school system, we can empower decisions about education and advocate for a more equitable environment for our students.
The New Orleans Equity Index is a partnership between the Louisiana Center for Children's Rights (LCCR) and the Orleans Public Education Network (OPEN). Conceived in 2015, the project is guided by a Steering Committee made up of representatives from 11 organizations with a diversity of perspectives and commitments to education equity.