The Orleans Parish school district is closing five schools this spring. In the first part in a series on school closures, The Lens talks to experts, advocates and parents about how a decision to close a school is made, and how it should be made.
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 Orleans Parish school district is closing five schools this spring. In the first part in a series on school closures, The Lens talks to experts, advocates and parents about how a decision to close a school is made, and how it should be made.By Marta Jewson
Orleans school district officials say that Harney, which the district took over from a charter operator, faces a $430,000 deficit. Federal funds allocated to its former charter board could close most of the gap. But the district can't collect them.By Marta Jewson
Three New Orleans City Council members will introduce a resolution to “rescind and repeal” the council’s March 2018 approval of Entergy New Orleans’ proposed $211 million power plant in eastern New Orleans.By Marta Jewson
Central City charter school allotted $1.2 million in budget adjustment. Ellison, who had previously been expected to be nominated for president, faced a backlash from civil rights groups over her statements on anti-discrimination policies that include LGBT protections.By Marta Jewson