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November 16, 2011

Louisiana Law Makes It Easy for New Orleans Charters to Expel Students

Filed under: Charter Schools,New Orleans — millerlf @ 5:44 pm

Louisiana Charter Law on Expulsion

Charters in Louisiana operate under different rules than traditional public schools. They can expel students for minor infractions or simply expel those students who might contribute to lowering test scores. If “behavior problem” students and special education students, who often are challenged by standardized tests, are taken out of the equation, test scores for the school rise.

Critics say New Orleans charter schools are selectively admitting and retaining students based on academic performance and behavior.  For example in the table below a student in “KIPP Central City Primary School” can be permanently expelled for absences, being tardy and for “repeatedly committing minor behavioral infractions.”

RSD Charter Schools Grade Behaviors Possibly Leading to Expulsion
Lafayette Academy Charter School PreK-7
  • Excessive Absenteeism
  • Sleeping in Class
  • Disobedience to Teacher
Nelson, Gentilly Terrace and Capdau: UNO Charter Schools K-8
  • Truancy or ‘skipping school’
  • Possession of tobacco
  • Fighting
Miller-McCoy Academy 5-11
  • Cutting school, class or detention
  • Disrupting class
  • Being disrespectful
  • Cheating
KIPP Central City Primary K-2
  • Absent or tardy more than 5 times
  • Repeatedly committing minor behavioral infractions

 

(Research on Reforms)

To view school handbooks that spell out expulsion policies go to the following pdf:

ExpelUnwantedCharterStudents2

 

4 Comments »

  1. Dear Mr. Miller,

    Thank you for your dedication to equity in education. As an educator dedicated to providing an exceptional academic experience for all students, I agree that all schools should be held accountable for their expulsion policies and rates.

    Unfortunately, the Research on Reforms report provides incorrect information about the expulsion policy at New Orleans Charter Science and Math Academy (“Sci Academy”). Scholars attending Sci Academy may only be recommended for an expulsion hearing for the following reasons:

    • possessing a firearm, knife, or other dangerous weapon
    • possessing, selling, or distributing any controlled or dangerous substance
    • inflicting premeditated and/or serious bodily injury on another member of the community

    It is important to note that expulsion hearings do not always result in a recommendation for expulsion. To learn more about Sci Academy’s policies, please see our parent and family handbook: http://sciacademy.org/documents/FamilyHandbook2011-2012_updated_10_22.pdf. Information about suspensions and expulsions is on pp. 21-22.

    Please let me know if you have any further questions.

    All the best,
    Morgan Carter

    Comment by Morgan Carter — November 17, 2011 @ 10:39 am | Reply

    • Thank you for correcting what I posted. I will remove that part of the blog.
      L Miller

      Comment by millerlf — November 17, 2011 @ 3:53 pm | Reply

  2. Oh my, as a teacher at one of the schools listed above, I think this is the most poorly researched blog. We have not expelled students for those behaviors (or far worse behaviors). Student have kicked, punched, bit, spit on, and sworn at teachers and have not been expelled. Instead, they are put on behavior plans, referred for special support, and held to the highest of standards. Students have missed excessive amounts of school and have never been expelled for this reason. Instead, we have met with parents, motivated students to take control of attendance, and changed bur routes to help families.

    As a former teacher of an Orleans Parish school, I can tell you, any student is far better off in our school than in a district run school.

    Please research a little more before posting such information.

    Comment by hope — February 15, 2012 @ 8:51 pm | Reply

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