Jeremiah Group Reforms Advanced Academy Admissions

Education and Youth
Wednesday, February 2, 2011 - 22:15

Jeremiah Group Reforms Advanced Academy Admissions

The Jeremiah Group in New Orleans first brought forth 25 parents with gifted children that had been denied admissions to advanced academies in the Jefferson parish.  After several months of challenging the lack of transparency and irregularities of the admissions process, evidence emerged that school board members wrote letters supporting the admission of certain children, leading the Superintendent to step down.

Within eight months the Jefferson Parish School Board passed new protocols putting testing and admissions under central control, ensuring that student test scores (and not political connections) are the determining factor in admissions to schools for high-performing students.  Jeremiah Group advocated for these changes, thus simplifying the process and making it more accessible to all parents.