This guest editorial appeared in the Times-Picayune, and I wanted to share it with you.
Charter Schools Help Improve Special Education in New Orleans: Leslie Jacobs
In fourth grade, James, a special needs student at John Dibert Charter School, was struggling academically and behaviorally. He was making daily trips to the dean’s office for disruptive behavior and emotional outbursts. James is now on honor roll in eighth grade, scored mastery and advanced on state tests and is applying to Ben Franklin High School.
Zaria transferred to Arthur Ashe Charter School at the beginning of second grade as a special education student, reading at kindergarten level. By the end of fourth grade she scored mastery in English.
Zaria and James are two of the many students who have benefited from the city’s improvement in serving students with special needs.