Airs, Sunday, October 20 at 6 p.m. A national report says Louisiana charter school students learn faster than their peers in traditional public schools. That’s not the case, though, if those charters are in suburban or rural parishes. There are over 100 charter schools throughout the state with the nation’s largest percentage of public charter school students in New Orleans. So, how effective are charter schools in Louisiana? Are they delivering promised educational dividends or putting taxpayers’ dollars at risk? And when measuring success, do charter schools compete with traditional public schools on a level playing field in the areas of admissions and accountability?
Lottie Beebe, member of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE)
Veronica Brooks, Policy Director for the Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools
Michael Deshotels, Retired educator and founder of Defenders of Public Education
Chris Meyer, the CEO of New Schools for Baton Rouge
Beth Courtney, Host of Louisiana Public Square
Shauna Sanford, Co-Anchor of Louisiana: The State We're In