- Associated Press - Thursday, May 12, 2016

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Latest on the formation of a committee to return control of more than 50 New Orleans public schools to the city’s school board (all times local):

3:30 p.m.

Gov. John Bel Edwards has signed legislation that will place more than 50 public schools in New Orleans back under the supervision of the Orleans Parish School Board as early as 2018.

Thursday afternoon’s signing ceremony in Baton Rouge followed a New Orleans news conference where members of a 13-member advisory committee were named. The panel is to help to guide the transition back to local control.

Most New Orleans schools were taken over by the state after Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005. How and when to return them to local control has been a contentious issue for years.

All of the state-controlled schools are independently run charter schools. They are to remain so under the legislation, which contains language aimed at maintaining the schools’ autonomy.

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11:30 a.m.

Members of the 13-member committee formed to help guide the transition of more than 50 state-controlled public schools back into the fold of the New Orleans school board have been announced.

Orleans Parish Schools Superintendent Henderson Lewis and state Recovery School District Patrick Dobard assembled the panel named Thursday and will serve as members.

Most New Orleans schools were taken over by the state after Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005. All of the state-controlled schools are independently run charter schools. They are to remain so under recently passed state legislation calling for the Orleans board to regain governance of the schools as early as mid-2018.

The bill governing the return is awaiting the signature of Gov. John Bel Edwards, who is expected to approve it.

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9 a.m.

State and local education officials in New Orleans are set to discuss recently passed legislation that will return control of more than 50 public schools back to the local school board.

At a Thursday news conference, officials with the Orleans Parish School Board and the Louisiana Recovery School District are expected to introduce members of a new committee that will help guide the process.

Most New Orleans schools were taken over by the state after Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005. The bill governing the return is awaiting the signature of Gov. John Bel Edwards, who is expected to approve it.

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