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.
A review found that about 90 seniors from the class of 2019 were found ineligible to graduate. Some have been taking summer courses to graduate before the new school year begins, but only 24 of 53 have been cleared to move on by the state.
A Louisiana Department of Education employee said New Beginnings was not providing all the documentation needed to certify students. Even students who took summer classes are unsure if they have earned enough credits.