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Parents rally against chartering of McDonogh 35, school board responds

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Nearly two dozen parents and alumni of McDonogh 35 showed up outside the Gentilly campus Friday morning to rally against a decision to close enrollment at the school.

The school board decided to remove the school from the OneApp process and which means no new students will be able to enroll at the school.

The parents say they’re fighting against the possibility of chartering, making it the only school in the district that will not be a charter school next year.

Alumni said Friday morning that they feel like McDonogh 35 and its students are being left behind.

The Orleans Parish School Board said it is committed to McDonogh 35 and the school will remain public. However, “significant improvement is required.”

“Over the next six months no new students will be admitted as further work is done to improve the school. With this in mind, the district is in the final stages of hiring an Executive Director for McDonogh 35 and this fall the district will present a comprehensive plan for a new McDonogh 35 freshman academy to open for the 2019-2020 school year,” OPSB said.

The school board said it will continue to reach out to the community as the plan moves forward.

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