CODOFIL says it will support Lycée’s French teacher recruitment in 2013-14

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The Council for the Development of French in Louisiana will recruit teachers for Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans charter school next year, despite a recent warning that it might not.

CODOFIL Executive Director Joseph Dunn announced the news in a media statement released by the school Thursday morning.

“CODOFIL communicated that it is pleased with the school’s progress in implementing focused processes that will lead to the hiring of a permanent school leader and recruiting new members for its board of directors,” the statement said.

The Lens on Tuesday reported that Lycée’s interim chief, Gisele Schexnider, said that at least 10 of the school’s French exchange teachers had committed to remain at the French curriculum school in 2013-14 following assurances from state Superintendent John White and others that leadership change was coming.

CODOFIL in February threatened to curb its international teacher recruiting efforts for the school amid concerns that too many of the current French exchange teachers were planning to leave. Dunn at the time reported that only four of 18 had said they planned to remain with the school this fall.

He encouraged Schexnider to obtain written commitments from at least 10 teachers willing to stay on in order to show a “good faith effort,” and gave Lycée leaders a March 15 deadline to do so.

Thursday’s media statement, which was issued on Lycée’s school Twitter account and website, did not specify how many teachers agreed to return, but did state CODOFIL will staff the school with the necessary number of teachers for next year.

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