Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Pastorek: State will take over 10 schools; 23 others on watch list

Superintendent of Education Paul Pastorek today released a list of so-called failing schools that will be taken over by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Out of 33 schools that Pastorek says are eligible for takeover, 10 will be taken by the state – eight in East Baton Rouge Parish and two in Caddo Parish.

Pastorek said that Requests for Proposals have been issued for charter organizations interested in running the schools. If suitable charter organizations cannot be found, he said, the department of education will operate the schools itself.

The 23 remaining schools will operate under local board authority, Pastorek said, but will have a “Memorandum of Understanding” with the state department. If the local school board does not live up to the requirements of the memorandum, he said, BESE will then move to take over the schools.

For more information, including a list of schools involved, please click here.

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