Organization employs six relatives of Roché-Hicks
About two weeks after The Lens investigated familial ties at the charter organization Friends of King Schools, Chief Executive Officer Doris Roché-Hicks filed new ethics disclosures stating why she is legally allowed to employ three of her immediate relatives.
Friends of King employs six of Roché-Hicks’ relatives. Two appear to violate the state nepotism law, which generally prohibits the head of a public agency from employing “immediate” family. That includes children, spouses of children, siblings and siblings’ spouses. The law makes an exception in certain cases, such as for state-certified classroom teachers — such as Roché-Hicks’ daughter.
This story was originally published by The Lens (thelensnola.org), an independent, nonprofit newsroom serving New Orleans.