With more than three dozen charter schools in New Orleans, each run by its own board, a news organzation would have to cover more than three dozen school board meetings to get a full understanding of how all schools are operating. We’ve not seen any media outlets willing or able to do that, so The Lens is stepping into the breach.

We’ve also requested that each board notify us of each meeting, at least 24 hours in advance, and include the board agenda, both requirements of the state law. We plan to post a schedule of board meetings and make the agendas available for download.