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New Orleans Schools Turn Away 300

By americangeiko     Jan 26, 2007 in World
New Orleans public school have placed 300 students on a waiting list while officials are scrambling to open additional buildings and hire more teachers.
"According to our attorneys, there is no law that addresses wait-listing students," Recovery District Superintendent Robin Jarvis said. "It is not an ideal situation in anyone's opinion, but it is also not ideal to not be able to find enough teachers or not have buildings available on time, but those are the circumstances. It's not an excuse, it's reality."
The 300 students have actually been wait-listed for schools outside of the Recovery District--31 charter schools & 5 operated by the Orleans Parish School Board. The Recovery District is required to accept all incoming students but is having a tough time doing so, even with inflated class sizes. They recently hired 536 teachers, but still need 73 more.
Officials believe that all students should be in class by next month when another elementary school and high school come back online.
"I intellectually understand how difficult this is, but it is morally criminal and it is illegal to keep a child from getting an education in America," Flozell Daniels, who is married to Orleans Parish School Board member Heidi Daniels, said. "It's unconscionable."
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