Marta Jewson

Marta Jewson covers education in New Orleans for The Lens. She began her reporting career covering charter schools for The Lens and helped found the hyperlocal news site Mid-City Messenger. Jewson returned to New Orleans in the fall of 2014 after covering education for the St. Cloud Times in Minnesota. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with majors in journalism and social welfare and a concentration in educational policy studies.

Recent posts

Enhanced test monitoring at RSD charters likely will be less than promised

One major testing irregularity that the state looks for is an unusual number of wrong-to-write erasures on standardized test answer sheets.

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.

City to appeal Lens’ public-records victory, keeping purchasing records hidden

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 leaders, including current CEO, sat on special-ed complaints

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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.