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.
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.
From left, Martin Behrman, Arthur Ashe and KIPP Believe are three campuses that are likely to be eligible to return to the oversight of the Orleans Parish School Board, above. Photo by Jessica Williams
Several more independent charter school leaders soon will find themselves facing a question that several others, including Sophie B. Wright Charter School’s principal, have been grappling with for more than a year: Should we move back under the wing of the Orleans Parish School Board?
Many of the students at Sophie B. Wright Charter School will have their first experience with Advanced Placement classes this fall as part of the school’s improved high school curriculum. Principal Sharon Latten Clark announced the addition of four AP courses including literature, music theory, U.S. history, and world history at the June 27 board meeting.
The Sophie B. Wright Board announced an 8-percent increase for its 2012-2013 operating budget.Despite state open meetings laws, which require public bodies to give ten days’ notice before presenting a budget and which require public discussion before a budget can be passed, the board of Sophie B. Wright apparently hastily approved a budget in a special meeting convened in mid-April. A school representative told The Lens that the only public notice was listed on a sheet of paper posted on the school’s entrance doors referencing the budget meeting.
Sophie B. Wright Charter School has hired an attorney in its nearly six-year effort to get the Orleans Parish School Board to hand over FEMA money due to the school for damage sustained in Hurricane Katrina. The sum of money, as yet of uncertain size, is needed for building renovations, and a resolution seems to be in the works, the Wright board learned at its monthly meeting, which had been rescheduled from November to Dec.