Monday, September 19, 2011

New Orleans Recovery School District's plan for the future: An editorial

And here's an editorial in the New Orleans Times-Picayune:

Last week he unveiled a dozen "commitments" the RSD is making to parents, students and the community as a whole. The list includes concrete measures that he promises to implement over the next couple of years, including:

•Creating a citywide enrollment system for RSD-run and charter schools by 2012. This has been needed since the state took over almost all of the city's schools after Katrina, and it is difficult to comprehend why it doesn't already exist. Families have had to go from school to school and fill out multiple applications, which isn't acceptable.

•Setting up a new monitoring system to better ensure that charter schools are in compliance on special education, enrollment, testing and other requirements. Getting this right is crucial. With most public schools in the city set up as charters run by independent boards, it is vitally important for parents to be able to trust that they are being run properly. And if they are not, the state needs to step in promptly. RSD hasn't taken a strong role in that process in the past but now will assign a team of educators to review charter operations.

Here's a link to White's plan, What Will It Take? The Recovery School District's Commitment to New Orleans:


New Orleans Recovery School District's plan for the future: An editorial

Published: Saturday, September 10, 2011, 7:27 AM

By Editorial page staff, The Times-Picayune The Times-Picayune

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