New Orleans Charter Schools Must Include Parents/Alumni as Board Members

deutsch29: Mercedes Schneider's Blog

If school choice is about empowering parents (also see here and here and here), it seems that charter school boards would necessarily– automatically– definitely– include among their memberships the very parents who have been supposedly empowered.

New Orleans schools have been a showcase (albeit a controversial one) for charterization since the fall of 2005 when Hurricane Katrina devastated the area. By 2022— 17 years post-Katrina– the last local-board-run public school in New Orleans will be completely phased out, making New Orleans a 100-percent charter school district.

What is surprising, however, is how long it has taken lawmakers to require New Orleans’ charter schools to include parents and alumni– locals invested in the community– on the charter school boards.

It’s a shame that charter school boards must be forced to include locals in the actual roles of empowered decision-making. But so it goes.

The 2018-19 school year was the…

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