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Category Archives: NO Schools
The “Katrina” stories, books, articles, started in July. I’ve ignored most. One, many aren’t about “Katrina” or about the flooding or what survival here was or still is like or has been like. These “stories” are about using NOLA, a … Continue reading
A Perfect Storm: The Takeover of New Orleans Public Schools Part One 17 Days in November from N.O. Education Equity Roundtable on Vimeo.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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