Jeremiah Group Reforms Advanced Academy Admissions Process

Last June, the Jeremiah Group in New Orleans 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.

In early February, the Jefferson Parish School Board passed new protocols that put testing and admissions under central control, ensuring that student test scores 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.

by Editorial Staff, "Jefferson Parish's Advanced Academy Overhaul," Times Picayune