New Orleans’ King Charter Eyes Adding High School
Holiday mode had overtaken most of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Charter School for Science and Technology last week in the Lower Ninth Ward: Prekindergartners practiced singing along to “Jingle Bell Rock” for an upcoming Christmas show, while 3rd and 4th grade teachers showed off a hallway with an elaborate display of seasonal scenes.
But Principal Doris R. Hicks and members of the board that oversees the pre-K through 8th grade campus were focused on February 2008—the fast-approaching deadline to submit a proposal to the Louisiana Department of Education to add a 9th grade to King next year. As an already-approved charter school, King must file an amendment to its charter agreement to add a grade, a proposal that will have to be approved by the state board of education.
Kenneth Campbell, the director of Louisiana’s charter school office, had come to King to discuss its high school plan. Ms. Hicks explained to him that as the neighborhood around the campus slowly revived and people returned to rebuild their homes, demand for a high school was growing. Lawless Senior High, not far from King, is...
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