The Orleans Parish school district is closing five schools this spring. In the first part in a series on school closures, The Lens talks to experts, advocates and parents about how a decision to close a school is made, and how it should be made.
By handing over McDonogh 35 to a contractor, the city will no longer have any direct-run schools in 2019. The board votes Thursday.
Education experts say year over year growth is a better measure of a school's performance than student test scores alone. School ratings are set to be released on Thursday.
At Monday night meeting, school district superintendent and other officials said board mismanagement led to decision.
The decision will leave the city without an alternative school for elementary and middle school students.
Charter advocates question whether the measures will step on schools’ autonomy, but community advocates say the work is necessary.
After school officials announced they would test school water for lead in 2016, they decided to install filters instead. But the school district has yet to sign a contract with a filter company.
The school has racked up nine district warnings this year.
A similar case in Maryland resulted in a federal theft conviction.
The charter school told parents Sunday it would close for good this week.