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Della Hasselle / The Lens

In New Orleans, choosing a public school can mean contending with a dizzying array of choices. To help parents and students make that choice, schools are issued grades of "A" to "F" based on academic performance.

Of the seven “A”-rated schools in the entire city, only one provides yellow bus service for their students. For the rest, getting to school can be a challenge.

Amelia Slep-Patterson is a budding graphic designer at Lusher Charter’s high school. On most mornings, she wakes up at 4:45 a.m. to catch a city bus on a barren and dark street corner in Algiers.

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Seventeen state-run charter schools in the Recovery School District will decide in the next two months whether to switch to the oversight of the Orleans Parish School Board. A list of eligible schools will be presented at a state education board meeting Wednesday.

Last year, many charter schools who were able to move turned that deal down, because it would mean they would lose their status as independent districts. That problem has since been resolved; a new law lets them stay independent.  

The state Recovery School District currently runs seven schools in north Baton Rouge. The RSD is planning to put new charter schools on those campuses next year.

Last week, as reported in The Advocate, the RSD hosted presentations by charter providers vying for a slot.

Ahead of those presentations, the civic group Better Baton Rouge handed the RSD a community compact, outlining what some residents want from schools in their neighborhood.

Kate Richardson / WWNO

WWNO's new community media project, the Listening Post, has spent the last few weeks collecting commentaries from around the city on the subject of education.

Listening Post recording devices have been present at the Norman Mayer Library in Gentilly and the HeadQuarters Barbershop on Broad Street. And the mobile Listening Post went to the Bard Early College New Orleans program for high schoolers, and our very own Culture Collision event.

Playworks

A new study from Stanford University shows a program being used during recess at six New Orleans elementary schools is enhancing the children’s education. About 2,200 students are now in the local Playworks project.

Charter School Group May Owe More Than $250K For Student Meals

May 16, 2013
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In a report over at The Lens today, Charter School Reporting Corps member Della Hasselle digs into a conflict between the state's Recovery School District and ReNEW Schools, a charter school group which oversees several Orleans Parish schools.

Hasselle and Steve Myers, Managing Editor of The Lens, came to WWNO to discuss the story.

Growing Doubts About For-Profit Public School Management

Feb 21, 2013

For-profit public school management is on the decline across the country. In 2007 about half of charter schools that entered into management contracts did so with a for-profit company. Three years later, that number fell by 25 percent. In New Orleans, all of the for-profits that came in to manage charters after Hurricane Katrina are now gone. Opposition to for-profit public schools in Mississippi is growing fierce.


In a move to stop charter schools from expelling students too frequently, the state agency running most of New Orleans' public schools has issued new guidelines on what constitutes the kind of behavior that will get a student thrown out.

In New Orleans, the city with the most public charter schools in the nation, individual charters’ standards of discipline can vary widely. Sharon Litwin investigates how the Recovery School District is dealing with challenges of equity in this new approach to public education.

Louisiana lawmakers are backing plans for low- and moderate-income families to use public money for sending children to private schools. The plan is being driven by Republican Governor Bobby Jindal.

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