New Orleans Charter Schools May Return To Local Control

Louisiana’s House Education Committee approved a bill that would return all Recovery School District charters to the Orleans Parish School Board.

Under current law, charter schools can decide whether or not to move back once they’ve met certain benchmarks. The new legislation would require all schools to return, by 2019 at the latest. It would reunify the city’s public school system, bringing 52 RSD charters back under local control.

The bill passed the House Education Committee 11 to 2 on Wednesday. Now it goes before the full House.

Some critics of the bill say it gives charter operators too much control. They support an alternate bill with fewer stipulations about what the school board can and cannot do. That bill has been deferred.

A version of this story was originally published by WWNO on April 28, 2016.

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