Louisiana recommends charter extensions, renewals for 25 schools

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

The state Department of Education announced the extensions on Saturday. For the first time in several years, it does not want to pull a single charter.

Three charter renewals are for schools authorized directly by the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. The rest are in the state Recovery School District, which is authorized to take over failing public schools anywhere in Louisiana and which currently oversees about three quarters of the schools in New Orleans.

The renewals and extensions could be part of a trend toward continuity in New Orleans' famously shifting public school landscape, where numerous schools have been chartered, closed, opened and changed hands since Hurricane Katrina. Nine of the charters on the list will be embarking on their third contracts next year.

Read more »