Tag Archives: charter schools

Court Rules Schools Don’t Have to Return

By refusing to hear further appeal, the Louisiana Supreme Court has put an end to OPSB’s lawsuit against the state, which argued schools should be returned automatically to local control after five years if they are no longer failing. In 2010, BESE decided each charter board had the right to decide whether it wanted to […]

New Orleans is Over 90% Charter

Educate Now! has reviewed the most recent enrollment data from the state. As of October 1: 91% of New Orleans students are in charter schools. Enrollment keeps increasing by around 1,500 students per year. New Orleans schools have grown more diverse since Katrina. New Orleans Enrollment Over Time October 1 Count (all students)* 2004-05 2009-10 […]

What Does N.O. Think About Education Reforms

There has been much discussion about how folks really view education reforms in New Orleans. Last week, Tulane’s Cowen Institute released a 2013 public opinion poll providing data that replaces pure speculation with poll results on how voters feel about key issues. Key Findings Voters agreed more than they disagreed, reflecting consensus on some key points: Support […]

Enrollment Data Released; 84% now attending Charter Schools

The state has released enrollment data for New Orleans public schools, which includes all OPSB schools, RSD New Orleans schools and the city’s Type 2 charter schools. As of October 1, 2012: 84% of New Orleans public school students attend charter schools, up from 78% last year and 71% in 2010. New Orleans has a […]

End of Course Tests

What are End of Course Tests (EOCs)? Louisiana is phasing out the Graduation Exit Exam (GEE) and replacing it with specific End of Course tests, or EOCs. There are six EOC exams. Beginning with the freshman class of 2010-11, students must pass at least three of the tests to graduate: English II or English III […]

The Return Model for School Governance

In 2010, Educate Now! convened a Task Force to consider long-term governance alternatives for New Orleans public schools.  In a series of meetings over several months, the members of the Task Force worked on how best to restore local control of public education without imperiling the considerable academic progress since 2005. The Task Force determined […]

News Alert: BESE Votes Are In

After a 13-hour, marathon day of meetings, the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) has approved the following items in committee. While these votes are preliminary – each committee recommendation will be considered by the full Board on Thursday – items recommended by committees are almost always approved by the full Board. 1.  Pastorek’s […]

Myth 5: RSD Charters are not serving students with disabilities

Fact:  RSD charters are serving lots of students with disabilities and working to improve these services. In the 2009-10 school year, the 36 RSD charters enrolled 1,228 students with disabilities, falling just short of enrolling their “fair share” of special needs children by 76 students.

After the Deluge, A New Education System

Five years ago yesterday, the levees broke. Hurricane Katrina flooded roughly 80% of this city, causing nearly $100 billion in damage. The storm forced us to rebuild our homes, workplaces, and many of our institutions – including our failing public education system. But from the flood waters, the most market-driven public school system in the […]