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Take it from a New Orleans charter school teacher: Parents don't always get school choice right

Take it from a New Orleans charter school teacher: Parents don't always get school choice right

“Cohen — isn’t that a ghetto school?” the mom filling out her son’s application to a New Orleans high school asked me.

It was July of 2015, and we were sitting across from each other at an open enrollment fair at Dillard University, where it seemed as if the whole city had shown up to choose charter schools for their children. I was there as a volunteer to help parents sift through their options and fill out school applications. I struggled to figure out how to answer this woman’s question.

As a teacher at Cohen College Prep, I knew it to be one of her son’s best options, boasting the highest college acceptance...

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