In A First Since Katrina, New Orleans School To Return To Local Political Control
More than nine years after the wholesale state takeover of New Orleans public schools, one of those schools has decided to return to the Orleans Parish school system. Friends of King made the decision in a unanimous vote Tuesday for Martin Luther King Jr. Charter, reversing its decision of the month before.
King is the first of 57 state takeover schools in New Orleans to return to local control. The driving factor in the vote was a fight between the Friends of King board and the Louisiana Recovery School District, which authorizes King’s charter. Also in play was a feeling that as New Orleans approaches the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, it’s time for the Recovery School District’s footprint to shrink. Several audience members spoke in favor of a return, saying King belongs in the Orleans Parish system, with locally elected representatives.