ERIC Number: EJ759589
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Nov-4
Reference Count: N/A
Louisiana Eyes Plan to Let State Control New Orleans Schools
Robelen, Erik W.
Education Week, v25 n11 p1, 26 Nov 2005
Seeking to grasp what she called a "golden opportunity for rebirth" out of the wreckage of Hurricane Katrina, Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco asked the Louisiana legislature last week to embrace a plan that would give the state control of most New Orleans public schools. This article talks about the governor's plan to let the state take control over schools. The plan was to be taken up in a 17-day special legislative session--due to have started November 6--that was called to deal with a range of matters linked to the devastation from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. State takeover of schools is not a new idea in Louisiana. Since last 2004, the state has already stripped the New Orleans district of control of five schools, which were then turned over to outside organizations to be run as charter schools. The governor's plan would make it far easier to take such action by lowering the academic threshold for takeover because only several thousand students have indicated they would attend New Orleans public schools this academic year, meaning most schools are unlikely to reopen.
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Educational Planning, Educational Administration, State Action, State Legislation, Public Schools, Natural Disasters, School Districts
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Louisiana