2 Open Letters to the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education
John Mc Donogh High School was one of the first high schools to open in the Recovery School District after Hurricane Katrina. Almost from the beginning, the John Mc Donogh community sought to work with the Recovery School District (RSD) to improve the school and instill in it, the kinds of programs that the community knew were necessary for the success of the children in New Orleans. At every turn the community’s efforts were rebuffed, eventually in favor of chartering the school under Future is Now Schools. The RSD closed John Mc Donogh High School at the end of the 2013-2014 school year. The John Mc Donogh Steering committee has never given up and will never give up. It has garnered the support of the Orleans Parish School Board in requesting the return of John Mac and has secured more than 500 signatures on a petition. Members of the steering committee and attorney Willie Zanders appeared before the July 30, 2014 Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) committee of the whole to request the return of John Mac. Attorney Willie Zanders presented 9 very compelling reasons why the BESE should return John Mc Donogh High School to the jurisdiction of the Orleans Parish School Board in his July 30, 2014 Open Letter.
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During the July 30, 2014 BESE meeting, Vice President James Garvey stated that the board needed to seek a legal opinion to determine if it has the authority to return the school, or was this a decision to be made by Recovery School District Superintendent Patrick Dobard. Attorney Willie Zanders lays out a very thorough analysis that shows that BESE does indeed have the authority to return John Mac to the Orleans Parish School Board in an Open Letter dated August 4, 2014.