- Opinion: Pandemic or no, it's time to put falling charter schools in the hot seat
- > Nov 24, 7:54 AM: You may have seen a few stories out lately about New Orleans’ charter schools, and whether or not they’ll be renewed. About a third of them have a D or an F grade. Remember, we allegedly went to charters because the
- Louisiana could see first overhaul in school scrutiny in more than 20 years
- > Nov 17, 7:49 AM: State Superintendent of Education Cade Brumley on Monday outlined potential sweeping changes in public school operations to tackle shortcomings in six critical areas that keep Louisiana near the bottom in national surveys
- Letters: Schools are not playthings of tycoons, nor children corporate pawns
- Nov 10, 6:03 AM: These wealthy business owners seek to influence our School Board’s search for a superintendent and criticize the unanimous vote to install Interim Superintendent Adam Smith.
- Nearly a third of New Orleans charter schools being considered for renewal have D or F grades
- > Oct 21, 7:27 AM: Nearly a third of the 18 charter schools in New Orleans up for renewal this year could be given to new operators or shut down because of poor academic performance, an Orleans Parish School Board committee was told
- Union wants Baton Rouge teachers to stay home next Monday to prompt deeper cleaning at schools
- > Sep 29, 7:32 AM: A teacher union wants East Baton Rouge Parish public school employees to take a day off next Monday in an effort to close down schools and compel better cleaning and sanitizing of school buildings to curb the spread of the
- Livingston teacher unions call for 'sickout' Wednesday; schools will remain open
- > Sep 23, 7:20 AM: Teachers unions representing about 1,100 of Livingston Parish's 1,590 public school teachers want their members to stay home from school Wednesday in a "day of action" targeting a school board that they say doesn't respond
- Arts programs limited in New Orleans charter schools, and challenge continues with coronavirus
- > Sep 16, 7:06 AM: New Orleans is a city that prides itself on artistic and cultural heritage, yet the public school district has fewer students enrolled in arts classes than similar districts in East Baton Rouge or Caddo parishes.
- Should a Baton Rouge charter school be able to raise the bar for advancing to the next grade?
- > Sep 9, 7:22 AM: A popular charter school in Baton Rouge is hitting turbulence as it seeks special standards for promoting its children to the next grade, standards likely more difficult than those in other East Baton Rouge Parish public
- Opinion: 'School choice' has ramifications that dig deep into how education is funded
- > Sep 9, 5:27 AM: Regardless, the Livingston schools are funded through a combination of sales and property taxes. A recently passed millage renewal goes to fund almost all of the administrative assistants in the district. Could you imagine
- NOLA Public Schools collects first round of virtual attendance
- > Sep 2, 6:51 AM: This week, the NOLA Public Schools district is asking its schools to track virtual learning attendance so the district can establish a baseline rate and determine whether it needs to intervene to ensure more students are
- On Hurricane Katrina’s 15th Anniversary, 5 New Orleans Educators Tap Lessons From the Storm to Confront COVID-19
- > Aug 24, 8:22 AM: Reams have been written about the unprecedented effort launched in the wake of the disaster to reform New Orleans’s schools. The state seized all but the top performers and contracted with nonprofit charter school
- A more lenient charter renewal policy for New Orleans schools could be approved due to coronavirus
- > Aug 19, 6:18 AM: When Gov. John Bel Edwards ordered public schools to close in March because of coronavirus spread, NOLA Public Schools officials were left with a major question: How would the district handle annual charter school renewal
- Report: Students of color, disadvantaged students continue to lag in achievement
- > Aug 18, 5:23 AM: The COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting school closures have exacerbated and underscored the disparities in the quality of education provided to different local populations and communities, stated a new report published by
- Two contracts for new charter schools in Baton Rouge to start 2021 preliminarily approved
- > Aug 7, 7:37 AM: Fifteen months after approving their application, the East Baton Rouge school system has finally worked out contracts with a homegrown charter group to start two schools in Baton Rouge that could eventually be among the
- 'Expectations Will Not Be Lowered': Charter Leaders Say Remote Learning Will Be Rigorous
- > Aug 6, 7:15 AM: New Orleans Public Schools were in “emergency mode,” and instructional quality suffered, said Joey LaRoche, chief strategy officer for KIPP New Orleans. But he said that isn’t the case anymore.
- Teachers, community members urge NOLA Public Schools to require stronger protections for charter school employees
- > Jul 31, 7:18 AM: Teachers and community members on Thursday asked the Orleans Parish School Board to require stronger protections for school staff and students at its nearly 80 independent charter schools amid the COVID-19 pandemic. But
- As schools turn to offering virtual options, will it fuel an online education model in the future?
- > Jul 27, 6:15 AM: As districts scramble to implement online learning platforms before school returns next month, virtual programs are seeing a huge increase in applications that some experts believe may shift the future of education.
- Does New Orleans’ charter school system need reform?
- > Jul 21, 7:47 AM: Lynn Rhodes-Polk had only been on the job as principal for two months when Better Choice was informed that its charter would not be renewed because of its “F” school performance score. The school was also at the center of
- Charter school returns to class, OLOL helping to keep classrooms safe
- Jul 16, 8:09 AM: While many school districts are still mapping out their plan to reopen next month, one school in Baton Rouge is already back in the classroom.
- Four charter school applicants in Baton Rouge rejected, free to appeal to BESE
- Jul 10, 6:38 AM: Following the advice of an outside evaluator, the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board on Thursday voted unanimously to deny four applicants seeking to open new charter schools in Baton Rouge.
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