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Parents speak about choosing Magnolia Charter School


Caddo Parish's newest public school, Magnolia School, is already filled to capacity for next year, and parents are speaking to KSLA News 12 about why they are choosing to place their kids in this charter school.

The school has already chosen 600 students through a lottery system to fill the seats inside of the new building located in Shreveport. The school will teach students in grades K-6th.

"He will probably be behind in like his reading ability, so therefore they won't just leave him struggling, they will work through it with him," says Keyatta Stephens. Stephens is placing her 10 year old son Paul Stephens in Magnolia School next year.

She says Paul has struggled with speech and reading since a young age, and he has attended both private and public schools over the years.

Magnolia promises to give students personalized learning plans.

The school is operated by Charter Schools USA, and this company already has two schools in Lake Charles.

According to the Louisiana Department of Education Website in the first year of testing, Lake Charles Charter Academy scored a "D" rating in reading and math.

KSLA NEWS 12 spoke with Magnolia School officials about these rating last month, "The suspicion is they will be like every other school that is ran by Charter School USA, there will be significant improvements and 95% of the schools are A or B schools after three years, so I think it will be a success." says Dr. Phillip Rozeman.

"So you've got to work out the bugs and the kinks, so to withdraw him after the first year would be an injustice," says Paul's father Shaun Clark.

The school is tuition free and is funded with public dollars. The school will be in August.

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