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.
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.
Based on 2013 test scores, are the students who left the Recovery School District’s four failing schools in better academic environments than before? If they left Mays and Henderson, they generally are. But not if they left Abramson and Johnson.
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.