Category Archives: NO Schools

“declare an academic crisis…change the definition of a failing school”

A Perfect Storm: The Takeover of New Orleans Public Schools Part One 17 Days in November from N.O. Education Equity Roundtable on Vimeo.

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Ben Franklin HS Alums, Parents, Students, Staff—Support the Union Vote!

The Board of Directors of Advocates for Academic Excellence, Inc. (“AAEE”) will hold a public hearing on Thursday, May 8, 2014, at six o’clock (6:00) p.m. in the Benjamin Franklin High School auditorium. The hearing is for the purpose of … Continue reading

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NOLA Schools: A Kind of Basic, Starter Bibliography

For reasons already outlined ad nauseum, I admit defeat—I will not finish a complete bibliography of what I found, read, almost found, finally found, etc. about NOLA schools 2006-2011. It is nowhere near exhaustive or half-complete and should be combined … Continue reading

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“irregularities”

State documents detail standardized test cheating, irregularities at New Orleans schools. The Lens, 7/16/13. It is long and not a simple A + B = cheating! Read all the way to the end before deciding anything. Yes, mistakes will happen … Continue reading

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Maybe This is Why LDOE Doesn’t Believe Voucher Schools Need Scores

Released Wednesday, LEAP scores for third- through eighth-graders show only 40 percent of voucher students scored at or above grade level this past spring. The state average for all students was 69 percent. For accountability purposes, students attending private schools … Continue reading

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Laid Out, in Its Entirety

This guest post at the fabulous Louisiana Voice lays it all out, the politicization  the under-the-table dealings, the doublespeak of “reform” and “a new civil rights,” the [probably intentional] lack of oversight, and the sheer disaster of the “model” shoved down … Continue reading

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The Mixed Public Perceptions of The Experiment

The full report is here [PDF] and not very long…. The first finding is pretty easy—even if you are dogmatically opposed to the privatization of public schools, if the choice is between a “failing” operator and a new one, you’d … Continue reading

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Could SB 41 Make LA Superintendent of Ed an–gasp!–Elected Position?

If you feel the way I do that’s it’s time we limited the power of the Governor to run and ruin education, please ask your legislators to vote for Senate Bill 41 by Kostelka, that would propose a constitutional amendment … Continue reading

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Who IS Rayne Martin?: Designer of COMPASS, Director of “Stand” “for Children”

See Who IS Rayne Martin?, 5/24/2010. Story #3: If you wonder why the COMPASS has been so poorly implemented, let me give you some background. You already knew about Ms. Molly Hortsman, the three year TFA’er who was put in … Continue reading

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“Is this school reform?”

Parental “choice” seems to be Louisiana’s major tool in reforming public education. Parents need adequate information in order to make informed choices. Even with this information, how does “choice” actually improve the quality of schools? Is it really school choice … Continue reading

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