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In the News: New Orleans now an all-charter district

May 30, 2014 - 7:48am

Nine years after Louisiana education officials swept most of New Orleans' chronically under-performing schools into a state-controlled district after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, the Recovery School District—which at one time operated nearly 35 schools—has converted fully to an all-charter school system. (Education Week)

Hundreds of RSD teachers and other employees will lose their jobs as the district evolves to manage issues such as citywide truancy, special education, and the common application system for charter schools.

ALLEGATIONS OF ANTI-SEMITIC BULLYING: Chicago Public Schools officials say they’re investigating allegations of anti-Semitic bullying by Ogden International School eighth-grade students, suspending the ringleaders and hosting two forums for parents at the West Town school. (Sun-Times)

CASE FOR KEEPING DYETT ALIVE: Supporters hoping to keep Dyett Academic Center open rallied at the school Tuesday after presenting a plan to revive the school to David Vitale, president of the Chicago Board of Education. The plan calls for keeping the high school open and building on its existing partnership with the Chicago Botanic Gardens, which runs an urban agriculture and farm stand program at the school. The new focus on green technology would be paired with the school’s program of restorative justice, in which students help negotiate and resolve conflict among their peers. (DNAinfo)

IN THE NATION
A RUN FOR RAVITCH?: New York newspapers, including The New York Times, are reporting that the Working Families Party is considering making Diane Ravitch its candidate for govenor in this November’s election if it decides not to endorse incumbent Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo. (The Washington Post)

WHITE HOUSE NUTRITION RULES REBUFFED: The House Appropriations Committee on Thursday passed an agriculture budget bill that included nearly $21 billion for child nutrition that would allow schools to opt out of White House nutritional guidelines passed in 2012. The vote was 31 to 18. (The New York Times)

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