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09/10 - Charter Schools in Louisiana

So what exactly is a “charter school” and what is driving their growth?

As the 2010 school year begins, many Louisiana students are choosing to attend one of the ninety charter schools operating across the state. While the majority of these schools are in Orleans Parish, charter schools are also operating in Avoyelles, Caddo, East Baton Rouge, Jefferson, Lafourche, Ouachita, Plaquemines, Point Coupee, Richland, St. Mary and Union Parishes. So what exactly is a “charter school” and what is driving their growth? And do charter schools encourage competition with traditional public schools or do they pose a threat? Watch “Charter Schools in Louisiana” on Louisiana Public Square, airing statewide Wednesday, September 22nd at 7 PM on LPB HD.

Backgrounder

Before Hurricane Katrina there were 17 charter schools in Louisiana. Since the storm, the number of charter schools in the state has risen to 90. While the majority of these are in Orleans Parish, there are charter schools also operating in Avoyelles, Caddo, East Baton Rouge, Jefferson, Lafourche, Ouachita, Plaquemines, Point Coupee, Richland, St. Mary and Union Parishes.

According to the state’s Race to the Top application earlier this year, ‚Louisiana leads the country in the number of charter schools and the school choice options available to parents.‛ Despite their increasing numbers, charter schools still remain somewhat of a mystery to the majority of Louisianans. So, what exactly is a “charter school” and what is driving their growth? And do charter schools encourage competition with traditional public schools or do they pose a threat?

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I think good morals should come at home. I think the Lords prayers should be said beore starting school along with the Pledge of Alegence. This shold hav started a long time ago.When kids attend school God is with them. My son attends Smyrna Adventist Junior Academy in Alexandria, Louisiana and before class starts an hour of Bible Study & prayer.

Posted by Amitria Lewis  on  09/22  at  01:17 PM

Like you I am passionate about public education; though believe private education standards should be regulated consistently with public; and I agree with your web question “So what exactly is a ‘charter school’”, since I don’t know. Many very effective teachers “burn out” because of what seem to be constant changes in expectations, including redundant, impractical paperwork and in class schedules, (seemingly with little regard for the teacher’s opinion or even skills). Are text books being phased out?? How can teachers teach if administrations don’t want teachers teaching with textbooks? Thanks so much to all of you!!

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08/16 - Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference (encore)

What difference has a decade made?

Due to severe flooding in Baton Rouge and the surrounding communities, the recording of “Black & The Blue,” which was to be the August episode of Louisiana Public Square, was cancelled. Instead we will be broadcasting an encore presentation of “Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference.” More information, including broadcast dates and times, is below.

“Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference”
Eleven years ago, Hurricane Katrina swept through Southeast Louisiana, triggering what would become the nation’s costliest disaster. Less than a month later, Hurricane Rita inundated Southwest Louisiana forever altering the landscape. The storms uprooted residents, while the rest of Louisiana and its neighboring states welcomed them with open arms.
What affect did the storms have on economic development along the I-10 corridor? Just over a decade later, how have public services changed? How prepared is Louisiana to handle hurricane evacuees? And how did the hurricanes change the demographics of the state?
This month Louisiana Public Square takes a look at where the state is now on an encore presentation of “Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference” airing Wednesday, August 17 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, August 21 at 11 a.m. on LPB HD.

The panelists are:
· Andy Kopplin, Office of New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu
· Paul Rainwater, Rainwater Consulting, LLC
· Stephanie Riegel, Greater Baton Rouge Business Report
· Nihal Shrinath, The Data Center

The program includes interviews with Jason El Koubi, One Acadiana; Chris Guilbeaux, Governor’s Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP); Kathy Kliebert, Secretary of the Department of Health and Hospitals; Allison Plyer, Executive Director of the Data Center; John White, State Superintendent of Education; and Christopher Bohnstengel and “Byrdie” Lane, owners of Byrdie’s Gallery and Café in New Orleans.

LPB CEO, Beth Courtney, and Kim Hunter Reed,Ph.D., who served in the Blanco administration during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, moderate the discussion.
“Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference” will also air in New Orleans, on WLAE. It can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Monroe; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check their station websites for schedule.

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