Posted: Aug 3, 2011 5:30 AM by Brittany Rivas
Updated: Aug 3, 2011 5:30 AM
Source: Associated Press
BATON ROUGE- The State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education will meet today to talk about suspending a charter school run by Pelican Educational Foundation.
Louisiana's education board is considering how to handle the continuing investigation of Abramson Science and Technology School in New Orleans. Allegations of rape and sexual incidents between students have temporarily shuttered the school and led to the firing of two state employees.
At the meeting today, the board will discuss the allegations about the charter school and whether to revoke the charter of the Pelican Educational Foundation.
Pelican has sued, claiming today's talks are illegal and the charter cannot be suspended.
Some BESE members say the allegations showcase a larger problem of lax monitoring of charter schools and the organizations that run them. The education department has proposed changes to its charter school oversight because of Abramson.
Abramson is an independent charter school that operates under the state's Recovery School District.
Pelican is also over Kenilworth Charter in Baton Rouge. No word on how BESE's decision will impact Kenilworth.