Leaders of 20 charter-school organizations pledged to hire outside monitors to oversee all four days of state testing, but it appears that most will pay for only one day. Further, none of the charter groups contacted by The Lens sought competitive bids for the work, which school officials said could run up to $4,250 per day per school, most of which will go to one company.
A judge granted the city of New Orleans’ request Monday to put on hold his order to provide public records of city spending requested by The Lens until the city can appeal his ruling from last month. At a March 18 hearing, Civil District Court Judge Kern Reese ordered the city to immediately produce its purchasing database, which The Lens has been seeking for more than a year.
ReNEW Schools’ top administrators and current CEO knew about unethical and possibly illegal special-education practices at one of their charter schools months before alerting the state Department of Education, newly released documents show. Current CEO Colleen Mackay received a four-page laundry list of misdeeds and questionable actions on Jan.