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Ben Kleban in the News:

Tuesday, August 2, 2016 11:59 AM

Kleban wins open School Board seat

Ben Kleban, the founder of the New Orleans College Prep network of charter schools, is now the unopposed candidate for the open Uptown-based District 5 seat on the Orleans Parish School Board after his lone opponent withdrew from the race.


Tuesday, August 2, 2016 7:30 AM

Ben Kleban: Paving the Road to Success

“New Orleans College Prep is just playing its part in a much broader vision for what this city’s school system can be…” he says, “…a bright future for every single child, a great public school in every neighborhood, that every parent regardless of race or class can look at their local school and think of it as the best educational choice for their child. It’s not going to happen overnight, but we won’t be satisfied until we get to that point.”


Wednesday, July 20, 2016 12:00 AM

College Prep Founder Files to Run for Open School Board Seat

"Kleban has spent much of his career in New Orleans at the forefront of the charter movement. He was one of the first local school leaders to craft and describe publicly the framework for the return of Recovery School District schools to Orleans Parish control, and he has proposed a number of recent innovations such as tuition-based preschool at Sylvanie Williams and Crocker."


Wednesday, June 29, 2016 8:36 PM

School Leaders Need Flexibility on Discipline

Read Ben Kleban's Op-Ed in The Advocate about how his charter schools have modified discipline practices to be more responsive to student needs, reduce suspension rates, and promote socioemotional success for all children.


Monday, May 9, 2016 12:00 AM

NY Times: New Orleans Charter Schools Return to Local Control

“It would be a shame,” said Ben Kleban, the founder of New Orleans College Prep, a charter network, “if our message to the rest of the country was that the only way to reform a school system is to seize control from local people.”


Sunday, May 1, 2016 11:30 AM

New Orleans College Prep Awarded $1 Million Grant from Kellogg Foundation

New Orleans College Prep (NOCP), the school network that includes Walter L. Cohen and Lawrence D. Crocker Schools, was recently awarded a $1 million grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.


Sunday, May 1, 2016 12:00 AM

New Orleans Schools Return to Local Oversight

"We are on a path in New Orleans towards establishing the most innovative and effective public school system in the country."


Tuesday, April 26, 2016 4:39 PM

New Orleans College Prep Schools To Add Tuition-based Preschool

Lawrence Crocker and Sylvanie Williams — the two Uptown elementary schools in the New Orleans College Prep charter network — will add tuition-based seats to their preschool programs in the fall, part of a broader long-term strategy to increase socio-economic diversity in open enrollment, New Orleans public schools


Monday, April 25, 2016 12:00 AM

Initial PARCC scores show promising results, but …

On diversity, Kleban said 53 percent of the teachers in his schools are of color. And three-quarters in leadership positions are African Americans. He said it is important for teachers to reflect the backgrounds of the kids, but also important to expose the kids to teachers of different backgrounds, to better prepare them for navigating a world that is diverse.

Kleban said one of his biggest goals moving forward is to also build a student body that is more reflective of the city’s demographics. Research shows students who attend schools that are diverse racially and economically have better outcomes across the board – from test scores to college acceptance, he said.


Monday, April 25, 2016 12:00 AM

100 Black Men host well-attended forum on ‘public school unification’

Kleban said he supports local sovereignty, but also that he doesn’t see anything in SB 432 that would infringe on that sovereignty. And the bill still reassures a level of autonomy as written into charter school law, he said, which is important for allowing principals and teachers the freedom to do their job and direct resources as they see fit. Kleban also noted accountability comes by itself in that “If we don’t deliver, our organization goes out of business and doesn’t receive funds anymore.”


Wednesday, October 7, 2015 11:59 AM

New Orleans College Prep launches new Head Start program in effort to rebuild Hoffman school

The Hoffman campus, in partnership with Kingsley House, is the latest expansion for the rapidly growing New Orleans College Prep network, which now enrolls a total of 1,400 students around the Uptown area at Sylvanie Williams, Crocker and Cohen campuses.  New Orleans College Prep is the first charter school organization in the city to launch a Head Start program.


Thursday, September 10, 2015 5:35 PM

Post-Katrina, All Schools Should Be Diverse By Design

It’s time to have a serious conversation about what we’re going to do to diversify our public schools because the data is clear — it won’t happen on its own.  Then, and only then, will we truly realize our vision of an excellent school for every child in New Orleans, regardless of demographics or economic advantage. A school system that represents our city’s population and exemplifies excellence and equity for all children. The best school system in the world.


Ben Kleban for School Board
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