Judge upholds BESE's decision to revoke charter at Abramson; appeal planned

By Jessica Williams, The Lens, staff writer |

The former managers of Abramson Science and Technology Charter School lost an opportunity today to regain their authority as a Baton Rouge judge ruled against them.

Nineteenth Judicial District Court Judge William Morvant sided with the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education and its decision to revoke Abramson’s charter, said school spokesman King Logan.

The school’s former board, the Pelican Educational Foundation, presented evidence that they said BESE didn’t get to see at last week’s public hearing, where the charter was revoked.

The evidence was not enough for the court to reverse BESE’s original decision. Still, Pelican will continue to fight for its charter through an appeal.

“His view of the law is different then what we view it,” Pelican spokesman King Logan said of the judge.

Pelican will continue to manage the Kenilworth Science and Technology School in Baton Rouge.

Correction: The judge’s name who presided over the Abramson case was William Morvant. The story has been amended to reflect the change.

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Jessica Williams stays on top of the city's loosely organized collection of public schools, with a special emphasis on charter schools. In 2011 she was recognized by the Press Club of New Orleans for her reporting on charter school transparency and governance. In 2012, she was part of a team that received a National Edward R. Murrow Award for their work following a New Orleans family's recovery after Hurricane Katrina. She graduated from Edna Karr Secondary School in Algiers, and she obtained her bachelor’s degree in journalism from Loyola University New Orleans. She can be reached at (504) 575-8191.