Panel: Charter schools still need to improve

Article By: Charles Lussier | April 30, 2014 | Originally Posted on theadvocate.com

The educational options in Baton Rouge available to children living in poverty are not high quality but likely will be in the near future, said two of the four members of a panel on education Tuesday at LSU.

Adam Hawf, a deputy superintendent with the Louisiana Department of Education who works with charter schools, said his agency looks every year for schools with letter grades of B or better where 90 percent or more of the students live in poverty.

Baton Rouge does not have any charter schools at the moment meeting that criteria, but New Orleans has 11, he said.

It’s taken schools in New Orleans, most created a little before or after 2005’s Hurricane Katrina, years to reach that level, but Hawf said he has hopes for a new crop of charter schools opening up in Baton Rouge starting this fall.

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