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 Lens wants to learn more about credit recovery at other New Orleans high schools. Did you experience any problems with credits when graduating? Did you use course recovery and credit remediation programs in high school?
New Orleans becomes first major American city without traditional schools
On a typically hot July 1 in south Louisiana, when many students and educators are enjoying long holiday vacations, New Orleans has quietly become the first major American city without any traditional schools. The Orleans Parish school district has teetered on the edge of an all-charter district for years.
State finds that students were allowed to use remediation software — intended for makeup work after failing a course — to take classes for the first time, appearing to corroborate allegations in a recently filed lawsuit.
“Due to the careless and reckless actions of the adults you trusted at JFK, you should be celebrating your senior graduation this month, but instead, you have been forced to question the certainty of your future,” Lewis said at Thursday’s OPSB meeting.