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.
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!!
Posted by Val Vogel on 09/23 at 09:40 AM
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How well is the state’s public school system really performing?
One national survey ranks Louisiana as 49th for academic achievement of public school students. Another national report ranks the state dead last. So, how well is the state’s public school system really performing? Where is there room for improvement? What will the new federal “Every Student Succeeds Act” mean for education in Louisiana? And how have the historic summer floods changed things? Louisiana Public Square explores these issues and more on “Pass or Fail? Louisiana’s Education System” Wednesday, September 28 at 7 p.m. on LPB HD and in New Orleans on WLAE.
The panelists are
• Superintendent Michael Faulk, Central Community School System
• James D. Garvey, Jr. , BESE Board President
• Scott Richard, Executive Director, Louisiana School Boards Association
• Rep. Patricia Haynes Smith, D- Baton Rouge; House Education Committee
LPB CEO Beth Courtney and LSU Manship School of Mass Communication professor Robert Mann host the show. The program features interviews with Louisiana Education State Superintendent John White; Debbie Meaux, President of the Louisiana Association of Educators; Brigitte Nieland with the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry and Caddo Parish School Superintendent Dr. Theodis Lamar Goree.
“Pass or Fail? Louisiana’s Education System” 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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