NEW ORLEANS - Nearly a dozen families are pulling their children from class claiming their schools are preparing them for "prison rather than college". The three schools being singled out by the protesting families are Sci academy, George Washington Carver Collegiate and George Washington Carver Preparatory Academy. All three charter schools are in New Orleans East, and all run by the same organization, Collegiate Academies.
On Tuesday, about a dozen parents and students gathered outside of those schools protesting what they say are horrible learning conditions. The parents started pulling their children from school two weeks ago. They claim the teachers are untrained, unprofessional and lack the cultural understanding to educate black students. Some parents also raised concerns about how the schools discipline students. One mother said her son was unfairly punished.
"My son was coming home depressed; I had to give him pep talks in the morning just to be able to go to school. My son was reprimanded after having four surgeries on his right foot. He was reprimanded for not being able to walk in a straight line," said Rehema McCormick Robinson.
Collegiate Academies, which runs all three schools, issued a statement Tuesday afternoon saying in part, “Recently, a small group of activists has been making inaccurate claims about Collegiate Academies. While we respect their right to state their opinions, we feel it is important to articulate our philosophy and describe the reality within our school community." The statement continues, describing how performance at these schools exceed district and state averages. It noted how more than 90 percent of parents recently surveyed stated they're satisfied with the schools. As for the protesting parents, they plan to home-school their kids.
Collegiate Academies disputes the number of students withdrawn from their school. An official says only three students were pulled after the protest.