May 7, 2012 9:13 AM by AP

Caddo looks to outsource alternative education

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - An effort to boost student success in the Caddo Parish alternative public schools may come through outsourcing them to a company nationally recognized company.

The board currently is reviewing a proposal by Superintendent Gerald Dawkins to contract with Ombudsman Educational Services, a division of Educational Services of America, the nation's leading provider of K-12 alternative and special education schools and programs. If approved, Caddo would be the first district in Louisiana to bring in the company; however, 22 other states and more than 240 school districts nationwide are using the Ombudsman Program.

If approved at the board's May 15 meeting, The Times reports Ombudsman could save Caddo money, cutting current spending of approximately $8 million annually to just over $3 million.


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