Lusher Charter School is considering adding three new members to its governing board, and may need a fourth after another recent resignation, officials said Wednesday morning.
The founder of the New Orleans College Prep charter network qualified Wednesday morning to run for the open District 5 seat on the Orleans Parish School Board, and current school board member Woody Koppel also filed for re-election in his District 6.
Seth Bloom, who has represented a large swath of Uptown on the Orleans Parish School Board for eight years, will not run for re-election this fall, he announced Tuesday evening — leaving his seat open a day before candidates begin qualifying for the election.
The Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans governing board created a formal policy Monday night banning any parents or grandparents of current students from serving as board members, causing the abrupt departure of one of their own in a contentious end to a long-running conversation over the best model for the school’s leadership.
New Orleans College Prep (NOCP), the school network that includes Walter L. Cohen and Lawrence D. Crocker Schools, was recently awarded a $1 million grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
With the assistance of the grant, NOCP plans to continue to grow the performance of its schools over the next three years.
NOCP plans to devote grant money to expand the number of students served, strengthen both the cultural competency and overall performance of teachers and staff, bolster socioemotional learning and supports for students, and enhance parent engagement initiatives.
With an increasingly competitive landscape for high school students, Cohen College Prep has an offer that school leaders hope will convince students to give them another look: Any freshmen who enrolls next year will receive a $500 scholarship upon graduation.
The governing board of Audubon Charter School formally named interim principal Latoye Brown as its next CEO on Saturday morning, and will negotiate an initial contract with her in the weeks ahead.
New Beginnings Schools Foundation will host a Teacher Recruitment event on Wednesday, June 8 from 5 to 7 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring their resume for possible on-site interviews.
After Lusher Charter School rejected an effort to create a teachers’ union this month, the city’s two newspapers have both published lengthy examinations offering windows into two different aspects of the school — its complex and evolving admissions process, and its controversial longtime leader, Kathy Riedlinger.
The division that Lusher board members described leading up to this week’s vote on a teacher’s union exploded into public view on Saturday afternoon in a series of heated exchanges about the school’s diversity, its contract with Tulane University, its mounting legal costs and, of course, teacher morale.
Audubon Charter School hopes to conclude its search for a new permanent CEO by early June, board members decided Saturday morning.
The Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans charter school named the Blitch Knevel architectural firm to lead the master planning of its expansion to the Priestley campus in Carrollton, perhaps the most significant step forward on the major renovation project since the purchase of the building a year ago.
Nearly 60 percent of Lusher Charter School teachers voted against a bid to allow a union to conduct collective bargaining on their behalf in an election Tuesday afternoon, officials said.
By Ann Welsh
The Lusher Charter School community is special. Teachers, students, parents, and the administration work every day to promote “Learning the Lusher Way” and to exemplify Lusher’s number one rule: Be Kind. The level of engagement from the entire Lusher community is unsurpassed. Only with this consistent effort from all members of the Lusher community can our students achieve the success they’ve enjoyed as a result of their experiences at Lusher. Lusher students have discovered new approaches to environmental remediation after oil spills, have introduced the President of the United States at a celebration of National Poetry Month, and have performed at Carnegie Hall. A Lusher student has even had a planet named after her by NASA!
A Lusher Charter School board member resigned last week, underscoring the rising toll of mounting tensions within the school community even before the teachers vote on Tuesday whether to form a union.
Will Mayor Landrieu’s vocal support of a federal takeover at the Orleans Parish Prison be the final encouragement Judge Lance Africk needs to pull the trigger on receivership? Gusman filed his response to the Justice Department’s complaint yesterday which basically said he had not been given enough time or resources to significantly address the many issues at hand.
Under receivership, the federal government will appoint a seasoned correctional official to administer violence and mismanagement issues. Gusman would continue to serve as Sheriff but his hands would basically be tied.
Lafayette Academy graduated its first class of kindergarten students Tuesday from Dunbar Elementary, which reopened in Hollygrove last year 10 years after Hurricane Katrina.
By Chunlin Leonhard
Mr. Robbie Evans, the vice president of the board that governs the Choice Foundation, a three-school charter network in New Orleans, recently urged the Lusher Charter School teachers to vote against their fellow teachers’ efforts to unionize, describing the union as “an impediment to charter schools’ progress.” (The Advocate, Monday, May 9, 2016 p. 1B) He also commented about “union-created deadlock where only ineffective and possibly abusive teachers would benefit,” pointing to the infamous “rubber rooms” associated with New York public schools –“temporary reassignment centers where union-represented teachers accused of misconduct or incompetency have been sent while they await rulings from independent arbitrators.” (Id.)
Mr. Evans’ comments are not only outdated but also completely inapplicable to the unionization efforts at Lusher.