In the past couple of weeks, several charter school boards in New Orleans have had what, for some of them, is an annual discussion: whether to leave the state-run Recovery School District and return to the oversight of the Orleans Parish School Board.

Four charter organizations have taken up the issue so far. Three — ReNEW Schools, Firstline Schools and Friends of King Schools — decided to keep their schools in the Recovery District.

They run eight of the 36 schools that are eligible to return to the OPSB’s fold next year.

The fourth board, the New Beginnings Schools Foundation, came within one vote of becoming the first charter to transfer a school back to the parish board’s oversight. After a confusing series of votes, however, it decided to put off the matter until next month.

Last year, 17 schools could have returned to the Orleans Parish School Board. None did.

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