Phyllis Landrieu, tireless advocate for education and children’s rights, dies at 86 | News

Phyllis Landrieu, a businesswoman and activist whose causes included health care, education and the rights of children — along with a healthy dose of politics — died Saturday at Touro Infirmary. She was 86.

The cause of death has not been determined, her daughter Judy Landrieu Klein said.

Landrieu was “a woman of steel,” New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell said in a statement, describing Landrieu as “a passionate champion for our children and for early childhood education.”

The mother of 10 children, Landrieu was an unstinting advocate of early childhood education and children’s health. She also founded her own public-relations agency and was active in politics, serving as the first woman leader of the Louisiana Democratic State Central Committee and a member of the Democratic National Committee. She was a friend of Presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.

“She was just an amazing bundle of joy and had

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Des Moines advocate is awarded $10,000 grant to help underserved women in STEM education

Nancy Mwirotsi, founder of Pursuit of Innovation 515 (Pi515) in Des Moines, has been awarded a $10,000 Nation of Neighbors grant from Royal Neighbors of America, one of the first and largest women-led insurers in the country.

Athletes from Ames, Hoover, North and Roosevelt speak before the DMPS March for Fairness



Mwirotsi is known in the area for her advocacy work on behalf of underserved women, refugees, and low-income students, the press release announcing the award stated. She will use the grant to expand her Girls Entrepreneurial Summit program that focuses on educating young women on business basics including planning, financials, marketing, and digital promotion.


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“I am shocked and quite honored to have received this grant,” Mwirotsi said in the release. “It’s such a blessing to be recognized for your work.”

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Special education advocate reacts to report criticizing HISD

A TEA investigation found that HISD’s special ed program is fundamentally flawed. The district calls it factually incorrect.

HOUSTON — A scathing new report into Houston ISD’s special education program finds it systematically flawed.

The 88-page “final investigative report” follows months of work by the Texas Education Agency and says “…systematic failure in special education has become institutionalized” and that “HISD’s attempts to avoid responsibility on these matters is disconcerting.”

Among other things, investigators report interviews on multiple campuses revealed area superintendents do not hold principals accountable for special education services and non-special education administrators often view providing such services as a burden.

“The TEA report does not surprise me,” said Mary Jane Williams, executive director of Family to Family Network.

Family to Family Network helps parents of special needs students and others navigate the system, including school.

“Trying to find services to help their children get a good education

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