Ever since Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans in late 2005, charter schools have been a major part of the landscape of public education in the city. Today, the majority of public school students (over 90 percent) are enrolled in charter schools, a number that has continued to grow. New Orleans also has the largest percentage of its students in charter schools of any school district in the United States, with Washington, D.C. at a distant second.
Given the prominent role that charter schools currently play in the New Orleans public school system, the Cowen Institute works to evaluate the impact of wide-scale decentralization – both intended and unintended – on student achievement, equity, finances, school choice, and more.
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Louisiana Charter School Authorizer Excellence Project
This report, which was written in collaboration with the Office of Parental Options at the Louisiana Department of Education, is an accounting of the topics discussed by participants at the two-day Louisiana Charter School Authorizer Excellence Conference. Additionally, the four following reports provide a more in depth review of the laws, policies and procedures related to charter authorizing in Louisiana.
- The Law, Policy and Procedures for the Charter School Application Process
- The Law, Policy and Procedures for Charter School Contract Drafting and Closure Procedures
- The Law, Policy and Procedures Governing the Oversight and Review of BESE-Authorized Charter Schools
- The Law, Policy and Procedures for BESE-Authorized Charter School Extensions, Renewals and Revocations
Ensuring Transparency and Accountability in the Charter School Renewal Process
In this brief, we review national best practices in charter renewal, describe the current year’s renewal policies for Type 5 charters in Louisiana, offer observations about how the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education’s (BESE) policies have or have not been implemented, and make recommendations for how the process can be improved for charter schools that will be applying for renewals in the coming years.
Charter School Authorizers and Charter School Operators
This report examines the history of charter schools in New Orleans and Louisiana and looks at options for charter school authorizers and for the governance of individual charter schools.
The State of Public Education in New Orleans
These publications are part of a series that the Cowen Institute produces on a regular basis about the state of public education in New Orleans. The reports include a comprehensive description of the current system, including information specific to charter and autonomous schools.
- 2012 State of Public Education in New Orleans July 2012
- 2011 State of Public Education in New Orleans July 2011
- The State of Public Education in New Orleans: School Finances March 2011
- The State of Public Education in New Orleans: School Facilities December 2010
- The State of Public Education in New Orleans: Five Years After Hurricane Katrina July 2010
- 2010 State of Public Education in New Orleans March 2010
- Public School Performance in New Orleans, A Supplement to the 2008 State of Public Education in New Orleans January 2009
- 2008 State of Public Education in New Orleans April 2008
- 2007 State of Public Education in New Orleans April 2007
- Georgia’s Voters Will Decide on Future of Charter Schools The New York Times, 11/5/2012
- Charter Schools and the Recovery School District WWNO, 5/22/2012
- The long turnaround: Why the Big Easy has gone furthest with the charter experiment The Economist, 7/30/2011
- New Orleans charter schools taking their time to set up attendance zones Times-Picayune, 5/5/2011
- Charters give education in New Orleans a fresh start Dallas Morning News, 11/22/2010
- New Orleans public schools assessment 5 years after Hurricane Katrina Times-Picayune, 7/30/2010
- State needs to stick to charter school renewal process, group says Times-Picayune, 6/28/2010
- Recovery School District looks at making charters pay rent Times-Picayune, 12/17/2009