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.
Runell King says he discovered evidence that Kennedy employees improperly inflated students’ grades. He sent it to top administrators and was fired soon after. The CEO of the school’s charter network denies the allegations, saying the changes were made to correct a software error.
State law requires that money taken from a property tax and a portion of school sales taxes only be used for facility renovation and repair. Also, the district contemplates swapping properties with city housing authority.
Class Dismissed: The final year in a closing school
On a Friday afternoon in January, a few parents and two ministers gathered at Medard Nelson Charter School at the corner of St. Bernard Avenue and Gentilly Boulevard hoping there was something they could do to keep the school open past May.
Civil rights lawsuit over fake subpoenas, witness arrests allowed to go forward, judge rules
A federal lawsuit against Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro and several of his prosecutors — alleging that they violated people’s civil rights through the use of fake subpoenas and unlawfully obtained arrest warrants against witnesses and crime victims — will be allowed to go forward. Calling the use of fake subpoenas cited in the lawsuit an allegation of “systematic fraud,” federal Judge Jane Triche Milazzo on Thursday issued a ruling that rejected much of Cannizzaro’s request that the case be dismissed.