State-Run Districts

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Education How Little Rock Fits Into the National Landscape for State Takeovers of School Districts
Arkansas leaders voted to return Little Rock schools to control of a local board after a nearly five-year state takeover. States around the country have wrestled with when to take control of struggling schools, and when to give that control back.
Evie Blad, October 13, 2019
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School Choice & Charters Q&A 13 Years Post-Katrina, New Orleans' Elected School Board Is Back in Control
The Orleans Parish School Board will oversee a wholly unique system of autonomous charter schools that has made significant gains since 2005, but still faces big challenges.
Arianna Prothero, July 10, 2018
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School Choice & Charters Charter Schools May Come to Puerto Rico, But Don't Expect Another New Orleans
Puerto Rico is looking to charter schools and school vouchers to help rebuild and improve its education system post-Hurricane Maria. But is it really on track to implement a New Orleans-style overhaul of its schools?
Arianna Prothero, February 9, 2018
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Education Funding Diversity in Charter Schools: Another Look at the Data and the Debate
Charter schools represent some of the most racially segregated schools in the U.S., according to a new analysis by the Associated Press, reviving a long-running debate inside and outside the charter sector.
Arianna Prothero, December 4, 2017
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School Choice & Charters New Orleans' Remaining District Schools Move Closer to Charter Conversion
The principals of New Orleans five remaining traditional public schools are seeking to convert them into charter schools. New Orleans will become the nation's first all-charter school district if the application is approved.
Denisa R. Superville, January 30, 2017
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School Choice & Charters Georgia Voters Defeat State-Run District for Struggling Schools
The ballot question's defeat is a blow to Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, who championed the creation of a statewide school district to take over some of the state's lowest-performing schools.
Denisa R. Superville, November 9, 2016
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School & District Management La. Lawmakers OK Bill to Return New Orleans Charters to Local Oversight
Louisiana lawmakers in both the House and the Senate have approved a bill transferring oversight of New Orleans charter schools from the state to the local school board.
Arianna Prothero, May 6, 2016
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School & District Management Video New Orleans Schools 10 Years After Katrina
When Hurricane Katrina flooded New Orleans 10 years ago, it upended the city's troubled school system and prompted a controversial state-led experiment in public education. Correspondent John Tulenko looks into the whole story. Education Week Video
April 26, 2016
Plants in front of Arthur Ashe Charter School obscure the name of the original school building.
Plants in front of Arthur Ashe Charter School obscure the name of the original school building.
Swikar Patel/Education Week-File
School Choice & Charters La. Senate Thinks It's Time to Return New Orleans Schools to Local Control
The legislation seeks to return public schools—all of them charters—now overseen by the Recovery School District to the Orleans Parish School Board within the next three years.
Denisa R. Superville, April 22, 2016
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School & District Management Denver Gets High Marks for School Choice in Brookings Report
Denver is the first large school district to receive an A grade from the Brookings Institution's annual Education Choice and Competition Index.
Arianna Prothero, February 4, 2016
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Education Tennessee's State-Run District Runs Into Political Trouble
District-led efforts in Chattanooga, Memphis, and Nashville to turn around low-performing schools academically outpace those of the state, according to a recent Vanderbilt University study.
Daarel Burnette II, December 29, 2015
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School & District Management Michigan Could Disband State-Run District for Low-Performing Schools
Gov. Rick Snyder has hinted for months that the Education Achievement Authority's status has been under review while lawmakers his latest plan to overhaul public education in Detroit.
Corey Mitchell, December 16, 2015
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School Choice & Charters Tenn. Gov. Names New Superintendent of State-Run Achievement School District
Malika Anderson has been appointed the new superintendent of the Achievement School District, Tennessee's state-run turnaround district. She will take over the post from Chris Barbic.
Corey Mitchell, November 3, 2015
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School & District Management Tenn. Appoints New Leader for State-Run Turnaround District
Malika Anderson, the Achievement School District's current deputy superintendent, is a graduate of the Broad Foundation's Residency in Urban Education.
Corey Mitchell, November 3, 2015
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