RSD moving many students to F schools

The vast majority of students leaving four failing schools closed by the Recovery School District are headed to other substandard schools next year.

About 77 percent of students transferring from Abramson Elementary and 72 percent of those transferring from James Weldon Johnson Elementary - both given the letter grade F by the state - are headed to schools graded F or T. For students leaving the smaller Murray Henderson Elementary, it’s about 47 percent.

T-rated schools are failing schools that have been taken over by a new charter operator; the state gives them two years to improve before they assign a standard letter grad

Benjamin E. Mays Preparatory School students, who were given preference in the city’s unified school enrollment process, fare much better: Just 16 percent are headed to F or T schools.

This story was originally published by The Lens (, an independent, nonprofit newsroom serving New Orleans.

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