At a meeting on March 6 in Baton Rouge, the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education was scheduled to approve a new system for evaluating alternative high schools in Orleans and Jefferson parishes. Educators for Quality Alternatives, the board that runs The NET, an alternative charter high school, discussed the framework at their February meeting.
The school’s audit report, fundraising, and spending plans for the coming semester dominated discussion as the Educators for Quality Alternatives board met Tuesday night at The NET Charter High School. An uptick in academic performance was also noted with enthusiasm.
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.
NET Charter High School students performed better on Louisiana’s required graduation exam this fall compared with last year. School director Elizabeth Ostberg presented the scores to the Educators for Quality Alternatives board during their Dec.
Construction of four new schoolhouses should be completed as classes resume in August, education officials announced Wednesday night, but modular buildings are ready just in case. Capital projects, including ground-up school construction, highlighted Wednesday night’s meeting in New Orleans of the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.