An Interactive Timeline of New Orleans Public Education | 1718-Present
This timeline is a summary of the dramatic and complex evolution of public education in New Orleans. Spanning nearly 300 years and comprising over 115 entries, it is a comprehensive account of how we've come to the unique system of schools that we have today.
Reviewing 300 years worth of entries can be overwhelming, so we've included links to a number of the key highlights that can be found in this timeline. Click on any of the entries in the list to the right to be taken to these highlights.
If you would like to start from the beginning and explore on your own, scroll down.
We would like to thank the lead researcher on this project, Walter C. Stern. Walter received his Ph.D. in History from Tulane and is writing a book about race, education, and urban development in New Orleans. He lives in New Orleans, where he is the K-12 Curriculum Coordinator at the National WWII Museum. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please contact us with questions or suggestions. Enjoy!
1830 | The Birth of Public Schools
1845 | State Expands Public Education
1858 | First Installment of McDonogh Funds
1890 | Jim Crow: Road to Plessy
1910 | Compulsory Education
1916 | Black Teachers for Black Students
1927 | White Protests: Relocation of Black Schools
1937 | Gender Neutral Pay for Teachers
1942 | Black Teachers Win Fight for Equal Pay
1954 | Brown vs. Board of Education
1966 | Desegregation of Jr., Sr. High Schools
1972 | Teachers Unite
1984 | School Board Gains Black Majority
1990 | Buildings Crumble, Debt Mounts
1998 | OPSB Approves First Charter School
2000 | Board Cycles Through Superintendents
2005 | Act 35 Approved
2008 | Continuing Expansion and Revision
2010 | A New Balance: Charters Increase and Common Core
2011 | New RSD Superintendent
2012 | OneApp Launches
2013 | Expulsion Process is Uniformed
2014 | CTE Gains Momentum
2015 | Permanent OPSB Superintendent
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