Unification of Schools

What is the Unification of public schools in Orleans Parish?

Over the past decade, significant changes have occurred across the New Orleans public education landscape. Today, a system of diverse and autonomous public schools are rising to the challenge of serving all of New Orleans’ students and families. As a system of schools focused on parental choice and school accountability, we have forged new pathways to ensure equitable enrollment of students, address expulsions and protect student rights, and to provide additional resources and settings to support the individual needs of all students.

On May 10, 2016, the La. Legislature adopted Senate Bill 432, sponsored by Senator Karen Carter Peterson, with co-sponsorship from Representative Walt Leger and most members of the Orleans legislative delegation. On May 12, 2016, Governor John Bel Edwards signed SB 432 into law, which is now Act 91.  Act 91 provides for the unification of public schools in Orleans Parish under oversight by the Orleans Parish School Board and its Superintendent, which will occur by July 1st, 2018.

Act 91: 


Unification Advisory Committee

Act 91 also calls for the development of a Unification Advisory Committee to assist in the transition plan development process.  The Unification Advisory Committee is comprised of representatives of charter operators and key education advocacy organizations. Those members are:

  • Dr. Henderson Lewis Jr., OPSB Superintendent
  • Kunjan Narechania, RSD State Superintendent
  • Sharon Clark, Charter Director for Sophie B. Wright Charter School
  • Jay Altman, CEO of FirstLine Schools
  • Kelly Batiste, CEO/Principal of Fannie C. Williams Charter School
  • Rene Lewis-Carter, CEO of Algiers Charter School Association
  • Jamar McKneely, CEO of InspireNOLA Charter Schools
  • Alexina Medley, Principal of Warren Easton Charter High School
  • Erika McConduit, President/CEO of Urban League of Greater New Orleans
  • Deidre Johnson Burel, former Executive Director of Orleans Parish Education Network
  • Rhonda Kalifey-Aluise, CEO of KIPP New Orleans Schools
  • Dr. Doris Roche-Hicks, CEO/Principal of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Charter School
  • Dr. Armand B. Devezin, Deputy Chief of Administration & Diversity, OPSB

The transition plan for unifying public schools in Orleans Parish was initiated with four (4) Unification Advisory Committee meetings between June 1- August 25, 2016. Upcoming UAC meetings to present the milestones outlined in the unification plan are scheduled below. All meetings are open to the public.

Unification Advisory Committee Meetings (Implementation Phase):


Unification Task Force Members (See List)

To assist in the work required as part of unifying the public schools in New Orleans, Dr. Henderson Lewis Jr., Superintendent, has organized over 100 citywide education stakeholders to provide input and develop strategies for the successful unification effort. The Task Forces are:

  • Authorization, Accountability & Planning
  • Systemwide Services & Resources
  • Facilities
  • Transparency & Community Responsiveness

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