A Stacked Deck

“Stacked” fails to encompass the seriousness of the matter. Or the plans come to life it represents. Or should I have written “coups”?

Mayor-elect Mitch Landrieu’s task force on education:

Leaders:

Dr. Andre Perry, Assistant Professor of Higher Education and Associate Dean of the College of Education and Human Development, UNO; CEO, UNO Charter Schools

Sharon Clark, principal, Sophie B. Wright Charter School

Other members:

Jay Altman, CEO, Second Line Schools

Carol Asher, board director, Renew Charter Management Organization

Brod Bagert, poet, former New Orleans City Council member

Brett Bonin, member, Orleans Parish School Board, 3rd District

Hal Brown, chairman, New Orleans College Preparatory

Larry Carter, president, United Teachers of New Orleans

Pat Cooper, CEO, Early Childhood & Family Learning Foundation

Aminisha Ferdinand, teacher, KIDsmART

Tiffany Hardrick, principal, Miller McCoy Academy

Freddy Kullman, teacher, KIPP Believe College Prep

Phyllis Landrieu, co-founder and development consultant, Early Childhood & Family Learning Foundation

Diana Lewis, civic activist and community leader

The Rev. Neal McDermott, Archdiocese of New Orleans

Yvonne Mitchell-Grubb, executive director, Project GRAD New Orleans

Michael Molina, storyteller

Kira Orange Jones, executive director, Teach for America – Greater New Orleans

Kathy Riedlinger, principal and CEO, Lusher Charter School

Caroline Roemer, executive director, The LA Public Charter School Association

Toya Barnes-Teamer, vice president for student success, Dillard University

Sarah Usdin, president and founder, New Leaders for New Schools

Advisors:

Paul Pastorek, State Superintendent of Education

Paul Vallas, superintendent, Recovery School District

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4 Responses to A Stacked Deck

  1. Michael Homan says:

    I have no hope for Mitch reforming education. The “run public schools as you would run a business” people are firmly entrenched in this city. I can’t think of one person on this board (though I don’t recognize all of them) who would advocate for quality neighborhood/community schools. There are about five homes on my block with children in primary education. They all go to different schools, and none of them are in our neighborhood.

    • G Bitch says:

      Agreed. Would Landrieu create a task force on police that included only victims of police brutality and police critics? How about a task force on transportation with people who “don’t believe in” public transportation or public entities? Too many of the people on this board believe in the destruction of public education. How and what kind of advice can they give? The same half-truths and logical fallacies. Caroline Roemer’s contempt for public education, just what’s been expressed in the Times-Picayune, should keep her off this task force. Privatization has fractured the community and scattered voices so much that alternate opinions, parents, teachers can be ignored and the ideological push and shove can continue. No dissent or questions are allowed.

      And I wonder if the fragmentation of communities was a byproduct or a central part of the plan.

      I sit here shaking my head and don’t know what else to do. I do not have the experience, qualifications or wherewithal to research financial records and test scores, write reports, file lawsuits. I can’t even pull together what little I have on the ideological basis of this “reform.” The people who care are scattered, ignored, under-qualified to challenge the mess that’s been made.

      I just made myself sick.

  2. Could have named this post “the Usual Suspects.”

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