Nonprofit founder will challenge incumbent in Orleans Parish School Board election, nola.com/Times-Pic, 8/9/12.
Sarah Usdin, the founder of a nonprofit called New Schools for New Orleans, a group that has played a central role in opening and expanding charters, said Thursday that she will run this fall for a seat representing the Orleans Parish School Board’s third district, a spot held by family law attorney Brett Bonin.
Usdin, a one-time Teach for America instructor and administrator, founded New Schools for New Orleans shortly after Katrina as part of the effort to rebuild schools, and the group quickly became a seedbed for the city’s charter movement.
NSNO was started in order to push privatization on Orleans parish. It didn’t just “end up” play[ing] a central role” in the local push to privatize. NSNO is not impartial or objective. It is baldly, blatantly pro-charter and anti-public education. Many initial charter applications were largely written by NSNO, word-for-word cut-and-pasting largely-written.
Because if they’re so damn brilliant, why is it only high-poverty, majority-black and -Latino schools their ideas are good for? Good education ideas do not come in racial boxes. Children are children even if their mothers were 15 or no one in the house has ever had a job.
Usdin!? Yuck. Like we need more of what NSNO has “offered.” Prepare for a campaign full of buzz words and phrases, white lies, blatant lies, false research and cherry-picked “data.” How long will it take for Usdin et al to accuse Bonin of “not caring about black children learning” because he isn’t in lockstep with them? And how many of my fellow fool New Orleanians who have kept their fucking heads in the sand about public education since 1990 will fall for that bullshit and think voting for Usdin is the exact same thing as supporting poor black children who have been so deprived [by their parents and neighborhoods and “culture,” not by the state or taxpayers or the MFP or name-that-governor or New Orleanians themselves who’ve pretended all this time that “Those Kids” are not “My/Our Kids” and who cares if their school has asbestos and no doors on the bathroom stalls]?
Yet another chance to show how truly stupid too many folks around here are.
And stupids? Guess who’s taking you for a ride?
No, not me.