Charles Maldonado covers the city of New Orleans and other local government bodies. He previously worked for Gambit, New Orleans’ alternative newsweekly, where he covered city hall, criminal justice and public health. Before moving to New Orleans, he covered state and local government for weekly papers in Nashville and Knoxville, Tenn.
Plus a year in review from our weekly podcast Behind The Lens. A vote to hand control of McDonogh 35 to a charter group means New Orleans is likely to become the first major city in the country without traditional, direct-run schools. And one of the city’s most desirable elementary schools will not accept new pre-K students next year.
The proposal would limit residential whole-home rentals to property owners with homestead exemptions. Kristin Palmer, who authored the plan unveiled last week, said she wants to delay the vote until after the holidays to allow the public to weigh in.
For the second time, The Lens has joined ProPublica’s Electionland, a coalition of newsrooms around the country that are covering problems that prevent eligible voters from casting their ballots during the 2018 elections.