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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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 [...]