Sep 7, 2010 1:58 PM by Melissa Canone
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - Louisiana's Department of Education is
looking for charter organizations that want to run Linear
Leadership Academy in Shreveport.
Linear was one of 10 schools transferred to the jurisdiction of
the state's Recovery School District in July 2009 due to poor
performance. The school, which currently has about 150 students in
grades 6-8, was restructured and operated as a charter school
during the 2009-2010 school year.
However, the Martin Luther King Neighborhood Association, the
group that held the charter to the school, voluntarily turned the
school over to the state in August after the original managing
company it chose to run the school pulled out because of budget
That company, EdisonLearning, was projecting the charter school
would have a deficit of about $300,000 to $350,000.
While the Recovery School District will run the school for the
2010-2011 school year, state officials hope to find an organization
to take it over and run it as a charter school - a publicly funded
school that is run by its own board - beginning next fall.
Organizations that want to run Linear will have to submit a
letter of intent by the end of this week. New charters will be
awarded in December, according to a news release from the
Department of Education.