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Charter Schools / Louisiana

New Orleans’ Last Traditional Public Schools May Soon Become Charters

Orleans Parish School District Superintendent Henderson Lewis Jr. said leaders from five schools expressed interest in becoming charters by next year. As charters, they could earn up to $1,000 more per student.

Charter Schools / Louisiana

Xavier Partners With Charter Schools To Launch New Teacher Residency

The Norman C. Francis Teacher Residency is the first-ever such partnership between charter operators and a historically black university.

Rocketship operates two charter schools in Nashville. Credit: Blake Farmer / WPLN
Charter Schools / Tennessee

Nashville And Memphis Use Different Math To Fund Charter Schools

The Tennessee Comptroller was asked by the Senate Education Committee to look into payments to charter schools. And auditors saw how the state’s policy can have a variety of interpretations.

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Charter Schools / Mississippi

No New Charter Schools Next Year in Mississippi

There will be no new charter schools opening in Mississippi next year. Mississippi Charter School Authorizers rejected a plan by Ohio-based I Can Schools to open a number of new charters in Jackson. The state authorizer board voted against the charter operator, four to two yesterday, citing concerns over mixed [...]

OPSB Superintendent Henderson Lewis Jr. speaks at a press conference about school unification. Mallory Falk / WWNO.
Charter Schools / Louisiana

Orleans Parish School Board Approves Unification Plan

The Orleans Parish School Board approved a plan to reunify New Orleans public schools. That is, transfer Recovery School District charters back to the local school board. But this isn’t a return to the old system. It’s a new model for governing schools.

Four members of the Metro Schools board of education are running for re-election and three of them are refusing to attend a candidate forum organized by Project Renaissance. Credit: Blake Farmer / WPLN (file photo)
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Charter School Debate Re-Ignites Ahead Of Nashville School Board Candidate Forum

A school board candidate forum planned for Thursday night has become another flash point over Nashville’s charter schools. Three sitting board members have refused to participate, questioning the organizer’s motives.

Entrance to Lusher Charter School. Credit: Mallory Falk/WWNO.
Charter Schools / Louisiana

New Orleans Teachers Discuss The Future Of Unions In Charter Schools

This school year, two high profile New Orleans charter schools attempted to form unions. One voted yes: International High School. One voted no: Lusher Charter School. In light of those votes, teachers around the city shared their perspective on unions since Katrina and where things might go from here.

Pierre A. Capdau was the first school taken over by the Recovery School District. This summer, it will become one of the first to return to the local school board. Credit: Mallory Falk/WWNO.
Charter Schools / Louisiana

New Orleans Schools Reunite Under Local School Board, But Charters Maintain Control

Something big has been decided about New Orleans schools. And it seemed to happen pretty fast. Governor John Bel Edwards has now signed legislation ordering that all New Orleans schools return to the control of the Orleans Parish School Board. But not nearly as much control as that board had before Katrina. Things will look very different than they did a decade ago.