The employee who supervised the last five traditional public schools in the city just quit her job to become CEO of ExCEED, a group that wants to turn them into charters. Four of the people who used to work for her, and still work for the district, are named in its application.
Donald Pate, who was on the the board for Lake Forest charter school, said he wanted to help out the school by selling dirt for a construction project. That would violate state ethics law. Although he said his company got $120,000, the state Ethics Board cleared him.
Native Americans are losing their ability to live off the land as it has crumbled into the Gulf of Mexico. Some of them are trying to figure out how to survive on what's left. A multimedia collaboration between the Food & Environment Reporting Network, Gravy, and The Lens.
A new charter organization called the ExCEED Network has filed applications to take control of the schools. The Orleans Parish superintendent has advocated transforming the schools and has spoken at meetings held by the founding principals of the charter network.