A New Orleans charter school regains its footing

Oct. 17, 2007
After cutting ties with national company, the school has begun to function well

In New Orleans, Lafayette Academy's experience with the profit-making company it hired to manage instruction offers a cautionary tale of how well-meaning trustees can easily stumble, and of how privatizing management is often far from a panacea. It also offers lessons in how a determined organization of amateurs can turn things around. Lafayette’s trustees eventually booted out the national company and installed a veteran principal with local roots. This year Lafayette is by all appearances the solid charter school it was meant to be.

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