NBC News’ Education Nation Brings “Power Week” to New Orleans

Education Nation New OrleansEducation Nation New Orleans kicks off today, providing a week’s worth of programming focused on education challenges and opportunities throughout the area. The opening ceremony is today at 9:00 am with participating expected from Mayor Landrieu. The week hopes to be another implication for the future of education and education technology in New Orleans. The Education Nation Bus will travel to schools throughout the area as local WDSU reporters highlight education success stories.

“I am very excited to welcome NBC News and Education Nation to New Orleans,” said New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu. “Thanks to the hard work of students, parents, teachers and education leaders, New Orleans leads the nation in educational innovation with over 80 percent of students attending charter schools. The results are a major decline in dropouts, higher rates of parental satisfaction, and double-digit student achievement gains in nearly every subject. We look forward to sharing the work New Orleanians are doing to meet the demands of the 21st century.”

This is the second stop on a three-city tour for Education Nation. “The ‘Education Nation On-The-Road’ tour has engaged communities across the country to come together and try to find solutions to both local and national education issues. We are excited to partner with the WDSU team to expand the dialogue about how we can improve education in New Orleans and the state of Louisiana,” said Soraya Gage, General Manager of Education Nation.

WDSU is also excited to partner with Education Nation and to be an outlet for continuing the local conversation. “We’re thrilled to collaborate with NBC News to bring Education Nation to New Orleans,” said Joel Vilmenay, President & General Manager of WDSU. “Education Nation has been at the center of fostering productive conversations around solutions and, through this important initiative, we look forward to extending our shared commitment to this vital issue.”

The reports will live-stream on WDSU News through April 19th.

More information about Education Nation and where to watch the week’s events can be found at educationnation.com.

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