NEW ORLEANS (AP) A local teachers’ union says it plans to strike Mayport Academy in Louisiana over its $1.6 billion contract with a Louisiana-based charter school chain.
The Louisiana Public School Employees Association says it will strike Mayor School in Mayport, about 60 miles (100 kilometers) northwest of New Orleans, after the school district awarded a new contract to the Louisiana Association of Charter Schools.
The union said in a statement Thursday it was also seeking a two-day strike, beginning at noon Friday and lasting until June 1.
Mayport is one of the top-performing charter schools in the nation, earning an average of 88 percent of the national scorecard for student achievement, according to the Alliance for Public Education, a nonprofit group that supports charter schools.
Mayor School has an enrollment of nearly 3,000 students, including more than 5,000 from families with children with special needs.
The school district said Thursday it would not give an exact number of students affected by the strike, but said it was not aware of any students who were among those who were affected.
Mayors Academy has been ranked among the top schools in Louisiana in a national survey of students, and was ranked as the top charter school in the state by the National Alliance on Schools and Schools.
Mayoral School said in its statement that it will offer its students a variety of ways to learn, including in-person, online, and online with interactive learning activities.
Mayora said in an email that the strike would be “one of the toughest decisions our students will ever face.”