The Laura and John Arnold Foundation will award a total of $15 million to ten organizations working to support charter schools, school choice, and teacher recruitment in New Orleans, The Lens reports.
The grantee organizations will work with the Recovery School District and other schools in the area to increase awareness of school choice options among parents and families, especially those served by New Orleans public schools. Grant recipients include the Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools, New Schools for New Orleans, and Partners for Developing Futures, as well as school choice advocacy groups the Alliance for School Choice and the Black Alliance for Educational Options.
Grants also will be awarded to a number of organizations that support teacher recruitment and leadership development. They include Leading Educators, the Relay Graduate School of Education, Students for Education Reform, Teach for America - Greater New Orleans-Louisiana Delta, and teach NOLA/TNTP Academy.
"This is very much the start of a relationship," Caprice Young, the foundation's vice president of education, told The Lens. The organizations were selected, Young added, because of their "proven track record of success."
"New Orleans has come a long way, but we must also recognize there is still work to be done," said RSD superintendent Patrick Dobard, "and we should continue to invest in excellent educators in order to truly impact the students of our city."