New Orleans Model Is Not Such a Model After All

By janresseger | Originally Published at Jan Resseger. October 6, 2015 | Photographic Credit; New Orleans Tribune In the five years from 2006 to 2011, I visited New Orleans at least twice a year. I have been baffled since that time by the one-sided research created to [...]

The Curse of Market Place Fundamentalism and the Challenge of an Insurrectional Pedagogy

By Henry Giroux | Originally Published at Counter Punch. September 29, 2015 | Pierre Andrieu/Getty Images Introduction The forces of free-market fundamentalism are on the march ushering in a terrifying horizon of what Hannah Arendt once called “dark times.” Across the globe, the [...]

Dyett Hunger Strikers Are Fed By an Educational Vision

The words of James Weldon Johnson’s “Lift Every Voice and Sing” echoed down Drexel Ave on Chicago’s South Side the mild summer evening of September 8, 2015. Down the street from the Chicago home of President Obama, the Dyett hunger strikers and their supporters, holding [...]

Court’s Ruling Charter Schools Aren’t “Public” Is No Surprise

By Jeff Bryant | Originally Published at Education Opportunity Network. September 10, 2015 at 2:59 PM | Photographic Credit; A July 13 photo shows preparation under way at the Destiny Charter Middle School in Tacoma, Wash., for the school’s fall opening. (Associated Press) The recent ruling by [...]

Day 24—#FightForDyett Hunger Strike Continues. Black Political Class Stands for Privatization

The national fight against school privatization is focused on Chicago. September 9 is the 24th day of the #FightForDyett hunger strike. Parents and community members are resisting the national polices of school privatization being forced down our throats by the Obama administration and often black politicians across [...]

Where’s #BlackLivesMatter In the Struggle Against School Privatization?

#BlackLivesMatter's national board promptly reacted to a fulsome DNC endorsement with an apparent repudiation. While rhetorical opposition to Democrats is fine, on-the-ground work against their concrete polices is a step further. Apart from the prison and police state itself, no Democratic policy affects our communities more adversely [...]

Gentrification’s Ground Zero

In the ten years since Katrina, New Orleans has been remade into a neoliberal playground for young entrepreneurs. By Megan French-Marcelin | Originally Published at Jacobin.| Photographic Credit; Real-estate developer Sean Cummings above the Mississippi River in New Orleans. Spencer Weiner This week marks a decade [...]

10 Years After Katrina, New Orleans’ All-Charter School System Has Proven a Failure

Test scores tell one story, and residents tell another. A three-month investigation by In These Times reveals the cracks in the education reform narrative. By Colleen Kimmett | Originally Published at In These Times. August 28, 2015 | School buses sit swamped by the floodwaters following hurricane [...]

When it Comes to New Orleans Schools, Who is Making the Choices?

By J Celeste Lay | Originally Published at The Conversation August 25, 2015 5.55AM EDT | Photographic Credit; The New Orleans Recovery School District got rid of its last traditional public schools in May 2014. In this photo taken, April 7, 2010, Trenise Duvernay talks with Corey [...]