Choice Foundation Schools Opt To Transfer Oversight to Orleans Parish School Board, Ahead of 2018 Mandate

February 23, 2017

On Tuesday the Choice Foundation Board of Directors voted to transfer oversight of two schools, Lafayette Academy and Esperanza Charter, to local control a year ahead of the legal mandate. The Orleans Parish School Board’s oversight of both schools will begin in the 2017-18 school year.

“We are pleased that our board unanimously and enthusiastically voted to return to OPSB,” said Choice Foundation Board President James Swanson. Swanson credited Dr. Henderson Lewis Jr., Orleans Parish School Board Superintendent, with making the decision a beneficial move.

“It is a credit to Dr. Lewis’ hard work,” said Swanson. “We are very comfortable that returning to OPSB now is in the best interest of our students, faculty and staff.”

Following Hurricane Katrina, Choice Foundation applied for a Recovery School District charter and was awarded the charter for Lafayette Academy. The school currently has over 1,000 students. In June of 2010, Choice Foundation was awarded the charter to take over Esperanza Charter School, which has currently has approximately 500 students enrolled. Both schools have students in kindergarten through eighth grade and provide special education services. Each school is open enrollment and serves high poverty populations almost exclusively (90 percent or more at each school).

“We are thrilled to have these two Choice Foundation schools transition into local oversight,” said Orleans Parish School Board Superintendent Dr. Henderson Lewis Jr. “Opting to do so a year ahead of the mandate showcases the confidence their board has in the OPSB. We are looking forward to making this transition year a success and thank Choice Foundation’s leadership for joining us as we work towards citywide unification.”

Recovery School District Superintendent Patrick Dobard lauded the partnership as well.

“I congratulate these schools on all of their hard work and progress. Over the coming months, I am looking forward to working collaboratively with the leadership at Choice Foundation and the OPSB to help facilitate a smooth transition process for all students, families and staff,” said Dobard.

OPSB currently oversees 31 schools, including 25 charters, five network schools and one educational program for students in secure care facilities. Three additional non-profit groups have been approved to open charter schools with OPSB for the 2017-2018 school year.

About Choice Foundation Schools:

Choice Foundation believes parents should have the flexibility to choose the right school for their children. Choice Foundation schools are thoroughly focused on aligning every resource, every teacher, and every activity with rigorous educational standards. For more information please visit www.choicefoundation.org.

 

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