Finances are in good order at schools managed by the Crescent City charter group, with surplus funds that can be rolled over into next year’s budgets. That was the gist of a report by treasurer Doug Harrell at the board’s monthly meeting, May 28.
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.
In three recent testing years, 33 public schools have been flagged for problems and possible cheating on standardized tests — 12 more than once. A testing expert says these irregularities indicate cheating by teachers and administrators, who have a lot riding on their students’ performance.