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Why Louisiana Officials Closed a Struggling Charter School While Keeping a Failing One Open

The story of the two schools highlights the fissures in a national debate about what to do with charters that don’t perform well. Many charter advocates have called for stricter rules to make it easier to cull failing charters from the ranks, but in many communities, closing down schools – even relatively new charter schools – has sparked conflict and infuriated parents. And as the different trajectories of the two charters in New Orleans demonstrates, deciding which schools deserve a second chance and which don’t is also fraught.