Recovery School District en Ruling May Mean Bankruptcy For New Orleans School System <p>An appeals court ruled against the New Orleans public school system this week — a decision that could bankrupt the Orleans Parish public schools. The five-judge panel ruled that the school board wrongly terminated some 7,000 teachers and other school employees after Hurricane Katrina. For more information, Melissa Block speaks with education reporter Sarah Carr, who has written a book on the changes to the New Orleans school system after Katrina.</p><p></p> Sat, 18 Jan 2014 16:48:10 +0000 Melissa Block & Sarah Carr 21441 at When Failing Schools Close, Results Are Mixed <a href="" class="asset-audio">Lens reporter Jessica Williams looks into the long-term results of school closings.</a><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last year, the Recovery School District closed four elementary schools in New Orleans because of poor performance, affecting about one thousand students, who had to find another school this year.</span><p>Now, state officials have released grades for many of the new schools those students are enrolled in. Wed, 08 Jan 2014 14:33:27 +0000 editor 21022 at When Failing Schools Close, Results Are Mixed 'New Schools' Picks Charter Operators for Baton Rouge <p></p><p><a href="" target="_blank">New Schools for Baton Rouge</a> is endeavoring to start 20 schools in the capitol city by 2017.&nbsp;</p><p>The non-profit's leader, Chris Meyer, was previously an administrator in the state-run <a href="">Recovery School District</a>. When New Schools launched last April, the RSD appeared ready to hand over the keys to the 7 schools it runs directly in Baton Rouge as soon as Meyer and his team had the charter school operators and resources in place.</p><p>Nearly a year and a half later, New Schools has picked half a dozen of what it considers to be the best charter operators in the country -- including Yes Prep and KIPP, which, as <a href=""><em>The Lens</em> has reported</a>, are<a href="" target="_blank"> </a>familiar names in New Orleans. Backers have committed roughly $15 million in seed money. This fall the Recovery School District is starting the process of matching up the operators with buildings where they can start charter schools in Baton Rouge.</p><p></p><p> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 22:00:57 +0000 Amy Jeffries 15135 at 'New Schools' Picks Charter Operators for Baton Rouge Big Charter School Push Coming to Baton Rouge <p><span class="BodyCopy">The Recovery School District is announcing plans for an "Achievement Zone" in north Baton Rouge where the schools have been failing for decades.</span></p><p class="BodyCopy">As part of that effort, New Schools for Baton Rouge will be facilitating the development of charter schools.</p><p class="BodyCopy">Before moving upriver to launch the new non-profit, Chris Meyer worked for the RSD in New Orleans, identifying which schools to turn over to charter operators there.</p><p class="BodyCopy">As he told WRKF's Amy Jeffries, Meyer is out to prove that you don't need a hurricane to make radical changes to the way schools work.</p><p> Thu, 26 Apr 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Amy Jeffries 2605 at Big Charter School Push Coming to Baton Rouge