Before schools open their doors, parents open their wallets. The average family could spend well over $800 for an elementary school student's supplies, according to the annual Backpack Index, released July 10. And the total grows with the kid, to almost $1,900 in high school. That does not include uniforms, which are required in almost all New Orleans-area schools, public and private. Just a single skirt can cost upwards of $40. The prices can wobble year to year.
Louisiana public schools will receive an average of $9,015 per student this fall, according to Louisiana Education Department data. That's a small increase from $8,965 per student last year. But it's not the same in every school system. Districts ranged from $8,053 to $11,546, with Acadia at the bottom and Bogalusa at the top. The Legislature budgeted $3.7 billion for the state's main pot of public school money, according to Education Department documents.
A high-level Orleans Parish School Board employee who left for a failed charter bid apparently wants to rejoin the district - and a draft opinion from the Louisiana Board of Ethics says she could. The board released Nicolette London's June 7 letter and its attorney's draft response Wednesday (July 19) for its Thursday and Friday meetings. New Orleans has a unique school system, composed almost entirely of charters run by nonprofit, non-elected boards.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".