Superintendent Statement: Transition Of Network Schools

December 9, 2016

The following is a statement from Orleans Parish School Board Superintendent Dr. Henderson Lewis Jr. regarding interest in converting the Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB) network (direct-operated) schools to charter schools:

“Today, I notified OPSB members at their monthly meeting that the administration has received expressions of interest from the current principals of our remaining five network elementary and high schools to convert to Type 3 charter schools.  These schools seek to charter with the OPSB for the 2017-18 school year.  As a conversion of an existing school, a Type 3 charter will retain students from the existing school. The schools’ principals have notified staff and parents and will further engage their school communities.

As Superintendent, it is my responsibility to present recommendations to convert existing schools to Type 3 charter schools, based on the results of the district’s review of the submitted materials. While I cannot comment directly on any specific charter proposal at this time, pending receipt of each proposal, it is my intention to carefully review in detail.  If the proposal passes review, I will seek to implement my recommendations. Further detail about this process can be found on the OPSB website.

We welcome the opportunity to empower our network school leaders and their school communities to determine the best path forward and access to the same financial resources and operational autonomy as other schools in our city enjoy. I have full confidence in the leadership of our schools to make informed, student-centered decisions that continue to elevate the values of excellence, commitment and tradition that these schools have already embraced.

OPSB operates an annual charter application process, which provides for both the approval of new start (Type 1 charter schools) and the conversion of existing traditional and charter schools (Type 3 charter schools). To date, OPSB has had ten schools convert to Type 3 charter schools, some of which have become the state’s highest performing schools: Audubon Montessori, Warren Easton High School, Benjamin Franklin High School, Alice M. Harte Elementary School, Edward Hynes Elementary School, Edna Karr High School, Lake Forest Elementary School, Lusher School, Robert R. Moton Elementary School and New Orleans Math and Science High School.

OPSB remains committed to providing the highest-quality educational opportunities for all of our city’s students.”

Feedback: Please use the links below to access feedback forms regarding this transition process.

Link to feedback form in English: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RQK288Y

Link to feedback form in Spanish: https://es.surveymonkey.com/r/RW3JDGR

Link to feedback form in Vietnamese: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RMPN75R

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