I was proud that, as the most recent school performance scores were released, the state honored Harriet Tubman Charter School for both “equity” in its admissions practices and for achieving “top gains” in its academic performance. The twin designations mean that Tubman students of all ethnicities, economic backgrounds, and special-need status are making strong academic gains at the same rate.
(Editor’s note: The Lens has suspended this project, although we continue to report on charter schools in New Orleans. This page will remain up as a home for our Charter School Reporting Corps coverage.) The Lens has assembled a dedicated group of reporters to provide regular coverage of the 46 charter school boards that oversee more than 75 public schools in Orleans Parish. The Lens publishes agendas and supporting materials for board meetings as they are made available. Then, our reporters follow up with coverage of the meetings, posting the relevant documents that were distributed. Our goal is to provide readers with a one-stop resource for meaningful and specific information about charter school governance in New Orleans.