Marta Jewson

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Brady Lafleur completes a puzzle in a specialized classroom at the old McDonogh 35 Senior High School facility.

Brady’s room: One family navigates special education in New Orleans

Brady LaFleur, who has autism and Down syndrome, needs a new space to accommodate him, and the school district isn’t going to find it for him.

More charter schools means fewer early education options, new research shows

In New Orleans, a study finds that charters don’t have incentives to offer PreK

Group withdraws applications to convert remaining traditional schools in New Orleans to charters

This story is reprinted with permission. ExCEED Network Schools Charter Management Organization, a new group led by principals and Orleans Parish school district staff, has withdrawn its applications to convert…

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

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