Bill would allow parents to petition out of RSD

The state House Education Committee approved a measure that would allow parents to petition the Recovery School District to return a school back to local control if that school has earned a “D” or “F” for three consecutive years under RSD management.

Under House Bill 115 by state Rep. Ted James, D-Baton Rouge, schools could be returned to local school system control if parents of a majority of the students sign a petition making the request.

HB115 also would require the state education board to adopt rules for the petition process and a procedure for transferring students.

The Recovery School District is run by the state Department of Education to manage chronically low-performing schools. It currently operates 80 schools around the state, including 68 in New Orleans and eight in Baton Rouge.

James’ bill was approved 17-0 and moves to the House floor for debate.