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New Orleans schools continue to have a higher rate of plagiarism on standardized tests than the rest of the state. Two factors could be at play: There could be a greater pressure to succeed, and there are more low-scorers in big cities.
Six-year-old Shaud Wilson was killed last week trying to cross Paris Avenue to get to his bus stop. Around New Orleans, it’s not uncommon for children to wait for their buses along multi-lane roads, including some of the city’s busiest streets.
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.
International High School has settled a disagreement with the Recovery School District over a $47,000 bill for school nutrition services, the school’s board of directors learned at its Jan. 23 meeting.
The president of the charter school management organization that runs International High School led his last meeting as president on June 27. Andrew Ward kicked off the meeting by reaffirming what the board learned at its annual retreat, held on May 26.
The board devoted its May 17 monthly meeting to end of the year details and a look ahead to International High School’s resumption of classes in August. Board chairman Andrew Ward noted “a lot of good things happening as we ramp up to the end of the year.”
One of them is recruitment, according to principal Anthony Amato.
An envoy from the U.S. Bureau of Public Affairs will visit the International High School of New Orleans on April 22, to talk about the benefits of multilingualism and opportunities for careers in government. Some details still have to be worked out, among them security issues and whether the visit by a deputy assistant secretary will be open to the public, the school’s board of directors learned at their monthly meeting, March 21.