Rebecca Catalanello

Rebecca Catalanello edits the Charter School Reporting Corps. A New Orleans native and graduate of Benjamin Franklin High School, Catalanello spent much of her 15-year newspaper career covering K-12 education. For nine years prior to joining The Lens, she worked at the St. Petersburg Times (now called the Tampa Bay Times), where she wrote about school boards, homeschoolers, crime, state politics and virtual education, among other things. She helped cover Hurricane Katrina for the Times in 2005 and, in subsequent years, wrote from her hometown about New Orleanians’ efforts to rebuild. She can be reached at (504) 315-5163.

Recent posts

Friends of King board to meet at noon

The board that governs Dr. Martin Luther King Charter School and Joseph Craig Elementary will be meeting today at noon at 1617 Caffin Ave. The meeting agenda was posted on the school’s website and is available here.

Lycee Francais parents want resignation of 2 board members

More than a dozen Lycee Francais de la Nouvelle-Orleans parents are seeking the ouster of two of the charter school’s board members, and they are demanding the board address what they say is a series of problems undermining the school’s integrity. In an eight-page letter they filed with the school’s board Friday, the parents complain of leadership turnover, board micro-management, business-related conflicts of interest and possible breaches in student privacy and safety.

Lycée parents ask state education chief to investigate school’s board

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A group of parents from Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orleans charter school have asked the state’s public education chief to investigate its board’s actions regarding recent hiring and firing decisions, including the manner in which it hired its interim chief executive officer. State schools superintendent John White last month praised Lycée’s board for hiring Gisele Schexnider, whom he described as “an experienced academic director,” and offered his help as the 340-student school seeks to find a permanent CEO.

Algiers charter board rejects schools’ return to OPSB

O. Perry Walker High School community pleads to be returned to Orleans Parish School Board while lamenting planned merger with L.B. Landry High.

The Algiers Charter Schools Association voted 5-2 Thursday night to keep three schools under Recovery School District jurisdiction, despite months of pleas from many in those school communities to let them go. Improved student test scores at O. Perry Walker High School, Martin Berhman Elementary and Dwight D. Eisenhower Elementary made the schools eligible return to Orleans Parish School Board oversight rather than being part of the Recovery School District.