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Charter Schools: Paying For Charter Schools In The South
Charter Schools / Charter Schools / Georgia / Tennessee

Charter Schools: Paying For Charter Schools In The South

Florida has about 650 charter schools. They are part of school districts but are privately managed and largely free of many of the rules governing traditional public schools. But as enrollment in charters has increased, so has the financial cost. WFSU’s Lynn Hatter reports for the Southern Education Desk that Tennessee and Georgia are also struggling to find ways to support their charter schools.

Al Barone recruits students for Up Elementary in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Credit: Amy Jeffries
Charter Schools / Charter Schools / Louisiana

Charter Schools: Getting Parent Buy-In For A New Alternative

The big push for charter schools in Louisiana started after Hurricane Katrina. The state’s Recovery School District took over most of the public schools in New Orleans, and quickly issued charters. The organization has moved on to Baton Rouge, but, without a hurricane scattering teachers and students, charters really have to get parents to buy into the alternative they’re selling.

National Charter Schools Conference celebrates with New Orleans Mardi Gras themed
parade.
Credit: Mallory Falk/WWNO.
Charter Schools / Charter Schools / Louisiana

Charter Schools: Lessons For New Orleans

Charter schools are changing American education. Some say for the better, some say the worse. This week the Southern Education Desk looks at the charter school movement throughout the south. We start in New Orleans, the testing ground for the movement.

SED Charter Schools Twitter Chat Brings Experts, Audience Together On August 21
Charter Schools

SED Charter Schools Twitter Chat Brings Experts, Audience Together On August 21

Want to discuss charter schools in real time with some of the nation’s leading experts on the topic? You’ll get your chance on Friday, August 21, at 1 p.m. ET during the Southern Education Desk’s #SEDCharterChat.

School Board Split Over Nashville’s Latest Batch Of Charter Schools
Charter Schools / Tennessee

School Board Split Over Nashville’s Latest Batch Of Charter Schools

The Metro board of education couldn’t come to a decision Tuesday night on allowing KIPP Academy to open two more charter schools. The panel was evenly split with chairwoman Sharon Dixon Gentry absent. Another vote will be scheduled later this month.

Chris Barbic was appointed four years ago as the first superintendent of the Achievement School District, created with funds from the federal Race to the Top grant program. That money has now run out. Credit: TN Photo Services.
Audio / Charter Schools / Tennessee

Interview: Turnaround Schools Leader Chris Barbic On His Early Exit And Charter Schools

Chris Barbic nearly worked himself to death last year. At age 44, the otherwise healthy head of Tennessee’s new turnaround school district had a heart attack. Now he’s stepping down, well before his educational experimentation bears much fruit. Barbic has been one of the most closely-watched superintendents in the country. And as he leaves the job ahead of schedule, he’s raising eyebrows with what he calls an “honest” critique of charter schools.

Charter Schools / Louisiana

Conference Looks At Lessons From New Orleans Schools, Ten Years After Katrina

ERA’s director, Douglas Harris, recently sat down with partner station WWNO’s Mallory Falk to discuss how his organization, the Education Research Alliance for New Orleans (ERA), came about – as a conference it organized prepared to get started.

When her son William started taking public transportation to school, Lashunda Dean downloaded a tracking app on her cellphone. She shows off the app while her older son and the family cockatiel look on.
Credit: Mallory Falk / WWNO
Charter Schools / Closing Costs / Louisiana

Closing Costs: Inside The School Close Out Process

When a school announces it’s closing, it doesn’t just shut its doors the next day. There’s a whole closure process. It’s a process Miller McCoy Academy — an all-boys middle and high school — has been following this year. We look inside that process as part of our series “Closing [...]