Most students leaving RSD’s 4 closed, failing schools are headed to other substandard schools

Four of the Recovery School District’s failing schools will not reopen next year. In most cases, those students will be at other substandard schools. About three-quarters of students leaving Abramson Elementary James Weldon Johnson Elementary are headed to schools graded F or T, which are failing schools that are under new operators. The exception: Benjamin E. Mays Preparatory School students, who were offered preference in RSD’s enrollment process.

Parents have few options when moving kids from failing public schools

The federal No Child Left Behind law mandates that children at failing schools are given the opportunity to attend better ones. But more than seven years into the New Orleans choice experiment, schools are so academically anemic that the transfer options aren’t much better — and in some cases, they’re just as bad.