Marta Jewson covers education in New Orleans for The Lens. She began her reporting career covering charter schools for The Lens and helped found the hyperlocal news site Mid-City Messenger. Jewson returned to New Orleans in the fall of 2014 after covering education for the St. Cloud Times in Minnesota. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with majors in journalism and social welfare and a concentration in educational policy studies.
The Louisiana Department of Education calls the problem a “selection error” and states that because eventually more schools than required were monitored it shouldn’t be a problem. Southern Poverty Law Center lawyers disagree.
The district’s three-year long project to install lead-removal filters at school drinking fountains is nearly complete. Charter schools will be in charge of replacing those filters. The district is now exploring kitchen filters.
After a major graduation scandal, the New Beginnings Schools Foundation is giving up its charters for Kennedy High and Capdau Charter, an elementary school. The KIPP network is interested in taking both over.