Neighborhood school may not be available for New Orleans charter group

April 10, 2007
State officials don't know which damaged school facilities will be ready for use in the fall.

After completing a charter school application that aimed to revive the rotting elementary campus in their New Orleans neighborhood, members of the Broadmoor Improvement Association cheered when the state approved the proposal in February. Soon after, the group started gutting the ground floor of Andrew H. Wilson Elementary. Just one hitch in the plan: The Wilson campus may not be available this fall. The state of Louisiana, still wrestling with the complexities of managing contractors and FEMA reimbursements, can't say which campuses might be available. In some cases, the campuses that charter groups seek may never reopen.
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EARLIER: The Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has approved the opening of nine more charter schools in New Orleans next school year. Eight others applicants were rejected. The new schools will bring the number of New Orleans charters this fall to 40 and add to the public school options for students. Thirty-one of the 56 schools open today in the city are charters; 20 additional campuses are operated by the state-run Recovery School District, and five more are managed by the Orleans Parish School Board.
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