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 employee who supervised the last five traditional public schools in the city just quit her job to become CEO of ExCEED, a group that wants to turn them into charters. Four of the people who used to work for her, and still work for the district, are named in its application.By Marta Jewson
A new charter organization called the ExCEED Network has filed applications to take control of the schools. The Orleans Parish superintendent has advocated transforming the schools and has spoken at meetings held by the founding principals of the charter network.By Marta Jewson