NOLA’s Cypress Academy Charter School Rescued by (Wait for It) Local School Board

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On May 22, 2018, I wrote a post entitled, “The Walmart-ization of Charter Schools: Goodbye, Little Fish,” about a small New Orleans charter school, Cypress Academy, that caught its parents completely off guard by announcing during the last week of school that the charter would be closing, not outright, but in a back-door way by being absorbed into a New Orleans charter chain operated by Choice Foundation.

Parents, who found out on May 20, 2018, about the closure, were told that they could attend “what next” meetings on May 22 and 23, 2018.

Prior to that first meeting, a number of parents drafted the following letter to Cypress Academy’s board, and, more importantly, to the Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB), the local school board with the authority to intervene. As reported in the May 22, 2018, Lens:

Dear Board of Directors of Cypress Academy, members of the Orleans Parish…

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