A national report says Louisiana charter school students learn faster than their peers in traditional public schools. That’s not the case, though, if those charters are in suburban or rural parishes. There are over 100 charter schools throughout the state with the nation’s largest percentage of public charter school students in New Orleans. So, how effective are charter schools in Louisiana? Are they delivering promised educational dividends or putting taxpayers’ dollars at risk? And when measuring success, do charter schools compete with traditional public schools on a level playing field in the areas of admissions and accountability? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers on “Charter Checkup” Wednesday, September 25 at 7 p.m. on LPB HD and 9 p.m. on WLAE.
• Lottie Beebe, member of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE)
• Veronica Brooks, Policy Director for the Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools
• Michael Deshotels, Retired educator and founder of Defenders of Public Education
• Chris Meyer, CEO of New Schools for Baton Rouge and former Deputy Superintendent of the Recovery School District
Beth Courtney, LPB CEO, and Shauna Sanford, LPB news anchor, moderate the discussion.
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Published: September 24, 2013
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