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.
New Beginnings will surrender Kennedy HS, Capdau charters at the end of school year
The New Beginnings Schools Foundation voted unanimously Thursday to surrender the charters for both of its schools — John F. Kennedy High School and Pierre A. Capdau Charter School — effective at the end of the 2019-2020 school year. The move comes amid third-party, local school district and state education department investigations into allegations of grade-fixing and other problems at Kennedy High School.
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.