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Study says New Orleans schools spend more on administration and less on teaching after charter transformation

The research undercuts one argument for charters — that they’re a solution to bloated bureaucracies at parishwide school systems

A New Orleans charter network has spent the last year making up teaching for special-ed students shorted two years ago

An investigation found that ReNEW SciTech Academy had inflated how much extra attention it would provide to certain students, and then didn’t provide the extra help to those who really needed it. The Louisiana education department made the charter network find those students and provide help

The original Booker T. Washington high school, built in 1940, on top of the Great Depression-era Silver City Dump. Hurricane Katrina devastated original structure. Now several groups are concerned about rebuilding on the site.

Dumping Ground? Groups oppose building of school at New Orleans waste site

The original Booker T. Washington high school, built in 1940, on top of the Great Depression-era Silver City Dump. Hurricane Katrina devastated original structure. Now several groups are…

A top charter advocate navigates rough policy waters in Louisiana

Researchers and reporters across the country are telling the world this month about the changes in New Orleans education since Hurricane Katrina, highlighting the unparalleled charter school expansion. Lens education…

New Orleans may have a way to go, but it finally feels like home again to schools’ chief

Measuring a $1.8 billion building plan’s progress

Compared to established schools, the page for Foundation Preparatory Charter School in a parents guide offers little information to draw parents. Because it’s a new school, there’s no data on past performance.

Overcrowded schools? These two New Orleans charters should be so lucky

Newcomers face the daunting task of attracting students

Why there’s no such thing as the first day of school in New Orleans

Families struggle with 19 different starting dates in decentralized system

English teacher Elise Butler-Pinkham works with 5-year-old Janiyah, who is sporting new pink glasses she got as a result of a vision screening this summer.

These New Orleans teachers keep kindergartners hot for learning all summer

English teacher Elise Butler-Pinkham works with 5-year-old Janiyah, who is sporting new pink glasses she got as a result of a vision screening this summer. Photo: Marta…

Saniyah Barthelemy, 11, digs a trench as her class works on building a rain garden to fix a drainage problem at Arthur Ashe Charter School. Barthelemey will enter sixth grade this fall at Langston Hughes Academy, another FirstLine school.

Food for thought: How gardens help students to grow in New Orleans

Saniyah Barthelemy, 11, digs a trench as her class works on building a rain garden to fix a drainage problem at Arthur Ashe Charter School. Barthelemey will enter…

Jacob Landry stands in front of Lusher Charter School's lower campus. Landry is seeking the name of the admissions test the school asks some prospective kindergarten students to take which factors into admission. Lusher, located in New Orleans, is one of a handful of selective admission charter schools in the country.

When a top NOLA charter won’t reveal its admission test — for kindergarten

Jacob Landry stands in front of Lusher Charter School’s lower campus. Landry is seeking the name of the admissions test the school asks some prospective kindergarten students to…

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