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The move by the Morris Jeff board to establish a contract with the union is the second action by a city charter school in the past month, following Benjamin Franklin High School, that indicates teachers — and school operators — may be willing to give unions a role in education.
The effort to unionize teachers at the city’s top public high school comes to culmination next week. School leader Timothy Rusnak’s discretion over who gets paid what has been a hot topic since the organizing drive began. Rusnak says it gives him leverage in bidding for the services of the best teachers.
It will cost $30 million to bring students to and from public schools this year, compared to $18 million the year before Katrina. The increase appears to be a consequence of citywide enrollment and the shift from a centrally-run school system. A few schools are working together to negotiate busing contracts.
Board members for Benjamin Franklin High School don’t appear to be racing to join OneApp, the new centralized student application system that allows parents to apply to multiple charter schools by filling out one form.
The governing board at Ben Franklin High School, Advocates for Academic Excellence in Education, received a positive audit report, and grappled with lingering transportation issues at their Nov. 15 meeting.
While not on the formal agenda, transportation issues came to the forefront of the Ben Franklin High School board meeting on August 16. Board members listened to members in attendance from the Vietnamese American Young Leaders Association, known as VAYLA, and addressed their concerns about bus service.
Dual enrollment was a focus of Ben Franklin High School’s monthly board meeting, July 19. The board also passed its 2012-13 budget and went into executive session to discuss the school’s principal and chief executive officer, Timothy Rusnak.
Board members and administrators at Ben Franklin squabbled at the June 21 board meeing and failed to reach an agreement as the school discusses possible solutions to accommodate its rapidly growing student body. Principal Timothy Rusnak expressed concerns for the school’s 803 students.
Benjamin Franklin students who live in eastern New Orleans have made their voices heard – they want a more reliable form of transportation to and from school, and they want it soon. A vigorous protest by more than 20 students, who are also associated with the Vietnamese American Young Leaders Association of New Orleans, preceded Thursday’s meeting of the board that runs Benjamin Franklin Charter High School.
Parental volunteering and new faculty and staff dominated discussion as Ben Franklin High School’s board, Advocates for Academic Excellence in Education Inc., gathered Jan. 19 for its first monthly meeting of the new year.
Benjamin Franklin himself might have reveled in this irony: Ben Franklin High School is saving on energy costs. The Advocates for Academic Excellence in Education Inc., the charter school board governing Benjamin Franklin High School, held a short meeting on Dec.