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When Charter Schools Fail (2011)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: News, Public Affairs

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2011-07-29

Duration: 00:07:21

Subjects: Education | Charter schools | Louisiana Recovery School District | White, John


  • Whinham, Charlie Host
  • Sanford, Shauna Host
  • Lincoln, Sue Reporter
  • Crews, Keith Photographer
  • White, John Interviewee
  • Kennedy, Eugene Interviewee


This segment from the July 29, 2011, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Sue Lincoln’s report on the state’s process for dealing with failed charter schools. Lincoln highlights two of the failing charter schools, Capitol High School in Baton Rouge and the Abramson Science and Technology School in New Orleans. She interviews Recovery School District Superintendent John White, who discusses the existing problems at Capitol High School, the plans to re-open the school for the 2011-2012 school year, and the accountability of charter schools. Lincoln also interviews Dr. Eugene Kennedy of the Pelican Foundation (the organization that oversees the Abramson School), who discusses the recent New Orleans Times-Picayune articles on the allegations of misconduct at the Abramson School, the Pelican Foundation’s efforts to address issues at the school, and the state’s investigation of the school. Hosts: Charlie Whinham and Shauna Sanford