For the third year in a row — every year they’ve had the choice — no Recovery School District charter schools have decided to switch to Orleans Parish School Board oversight. The last board that could have elected to move, that of KIPP New Orleans Schools, voted against it last week.

Leaders of the 17 schools that opted against moving all voiced similar concerns: The Orleans Parish School Board doesn’t have a permanent superintendent, they were wary of the board’s rowdy disagreements in public meetings, and they were confused about whether they’d get the same special-education funding.

The biggest deterrent, though not always voiced publicly, appears to be a lack of trust. Some charter school leaders have a hard time putting their faith not only in a school district with a marred past, but in the very structure of a locally elected School Board. Others don’t have a problem with the School Board in general — just the people on it now.

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