Parents complained today before the state’s top education board that they had to pay a $250 application fee to enroll their children in Lycée Français de la Nouvelle Orleans, the French-immersion charter school, and upwards of $150 a week to get them extra tutoring. They also complained to the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education that the school had not done enough to recruit and retain minority students.
State school board member Kira Orange Jones will continue to serve after the Louisiana Board of Ethics ruled this morning that there’s no conflict of interest with her working as executive director of a nonprofit that contracts with the board. Jones runs the Greater New Orleans office of Teach For America, which frequently enters into contracts with the state Education Department, and which is overseen by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.
By Jessica Williams, The Lens staff writer |
To make expulsion hearings more equitable for Recovery School District students, the state-run agency will coordinate hearings at its 66 New Orleans schools through a central office. The RSD Expulsion Hearing Office, once responsible for conducting hearings only at schools the district runs directly, will now oversee hearings for students at its charter schools as well.