JOINT STATEMENT FROM RSD SUPERINTENDENT PATRICK DOBARD AND BESE COMMITTEE CHAIR KIRA ORANGE JONES

Aug 01, 2012

Reference: Transfer of Schools to the Orleans Parish School Board for the 2013-2014 School Year

NEW ORLEANS - Today, the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education’s (BESE) Committee of the Whole received a report from the Recovery School District (RSD) on the defined process to transfer schools to the Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB) for the 2013-2014 school year. The outlined process clearly details the procedural requirements of BESE policy to enable a school to transfer after meeting defined eligibility criteria.

Launched in 2003, the RSD has been guided by one goal in New Orleans - to transform struggling schools into great schools and to put students on the path to career and college by identifying top school leaders and teachers to operate the schools, by giving them the freedom to educate children they know best, and by giving parents the power to choose the schools that are best for their children. The successful work that has been done on behalf of students and schools in the city of New Orleans is evident through the ability of the Recovery School District to now begin transferring schools back to the Orleans Parish School Board.

"The Recovery School District has worked diligently to turn around schools and reach this critical milestone for families and students where we now have schools that are performing at a high-achieving academic level. Beginning last year, schools have had the opportunity to start the return process and we have supported them fully in exploring that option. We have been working closely with the Orleans Parish School Board to ensure that this year’s transfer process is transparent, and easily accessible to schools and parents," said RSD Superintendent Patrick Dobard. "The RSD will be reaching out to school leaders to provide information about the process, and will avail ourselves to attend charter board meetings for schools that are eligible to return to answer questions from members of the charter boards and the community at large. We are working to ensure that regardless of which system our schools are under, all New Orleans public schools and their students are given the structure and support to succeed."  

"The report by the Recovery School District on the transfer of schools to the Orleans Parish School Board is very encouraging" said Board of Elementary and Secondary Education Committee of the Whole Chair Kira Orange Jones "The governance questions that have come about in recent years are important for us to continue to address as a community of schools. The RSD has shown great leadership in ensuring that schools have had the space and capacity to ensure successful turnaround.  Having clear direction on how each school that has earned the right to decided future governance is very helpful, and I encourage the RSD to continue to work with schools to ensure they have a clear understanding of the return process.  There is still much work to be done, and I support the RSD in their continued efforts to create great schools for our children and families."

To read a copy of the defined process to transfer schools from the Recovery School District back to the Orleans Parish School Board, click here.

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