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New Orleans Charter School Board Ousts Network’s Top Executive

By Lesli A. Maxwell — May 06, 2008 1 min read

The board that oversees a network of charter schools in New Orleans has stunned teachers, principals, and parents by voting to oust the top executive.

On a 4-3 vote last month, the Algiers Charter School Association board approved a plan to remove Brian Riedlinger, a longtime educator in the city, as chief executive officer. The removal allows for Mr. Riedlinger to remain in the top post until next spring if the board does not find a replacement sooner.

Some board members said they were unhappy that Mr. Riedlinger, while serving as the CEO of the charter schools association, was also serving as the chief executive of the School Leadership Center of Greater New Orleans, a nonprofit group that trains principals and other school leaders.

The Algiers Charter School Association is a network of nine schools on New Orleans’ West Bank that were some of the first public schools to open after Hurricane Katrina struck the city in August 2005.

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