A bid to block a special meeting of Louisiana’s top school board on Wednesday over charter school allegations has failed, the president of the panel said Tuesday.
The court challenge was filed by Pelican Educational Foundation, which oversees Kenilworth Science and Technology Charter School in Baton Rouge and Abramson Science and Technology Charter School in New Orleans, which is embroiled in controversy.
The state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, called BESE, is set to meet on Wednesday at 10 a.m., primarily to discuss problems at Abramson.
Penny Dastugue, who is president of BESE, said Pelican’s bid to block any board action on the school Wednesday was rejected by a judge in the 19th Judicial District in Baton Rouge.
Dastugue said a court hearing is set for Aug. 11.
The state Department of Education is investigating Abramson amid allegations of sexual abuse and other troubles.
State officials have also closed the school.
In addition, the department is investigating Kenilworth because, like Abramson, it is overseen by Pelican.
However, no specific allegations have surfaced about Kenilworth, which has about 450 students in grades 6, 7 and 8.