More than 50 New Orleans’ public schools currently under state control will return to the oversight of the local school board, under a bill headed to Gov. John Bel Edwards’ desk.
With a 36-0 vote Tuesday, the state Senate, as expected, gave final legislative passage to the measure by New Orleans Sen. Karen Carter Peterson. The Senate to approve some minor wording changes in Senate Bill 432.
Edwards has said he will sign it.
Louisiana’s Recovery School District took over the schools after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. It has turned operations at each school over to independent charter organizations.
The schools will return to the New Orleans school board as early as 2018. They will remain charter schools. The Orleans Parish School Board will assume the RSD’s administrative authority and its role in deciding whether to renew or revoke charters.