State School Takeovers Steal Democracy, Ignore Poverty

By Jan Resseger | Originally Published at janresseger. August 19, 2015< | Photographic Credit; It's time to attend to Concentrated Poverty, Democracy, and Education. The takeover of the public schools in New Orleans followed a natural catastrophe, the destruction of the city by Hurricane Katrina and the [...]

New RSD Propaganda Machine Whitewashes Dismal Performance

By Michael Deshotels | Originally Published at Louisiana Educator. August 9, 2015 | Photographic Credit; Students at Lake Area New Tech, New Orlean The latest Recovery District propaganda machine is called the Research Alliance for New Orleans. It was founded by Tulane University professor of economics, Douglas [...]

“Reform” Makes Broken New Orleans Schools Worse: Race, Charters, Testing and The Real Story of Education After Katrina

An all-charter-school system was heralded as the future for urban schools. The future is filled with flaws By Jennifer C. Berkshire | Originally Published at Salon. August 3, 2015 5:57 AM | NEW ORLEANS - AUGUST 20: Kindergartners line up on their first day of school at [...]

State Governments Continue An Assault On Public Schools

By Jeff Bryant | Originally Published at Education Opportunity Network. July 9, 2015 1:27 PM | Photographic Credit; Increasingly, schools like Primitivo Garcia Elementary School, pictured here, suffer underfunding from state and federal sources, affecting the quality of education children receive. | File photo The Kansas City [...]

Lessons To Be Learned From New Orleans Style Education Reform

By Jeff Bryant | Originally Published at Education Opportunity Network. June 25, 2015 at 1:30 PM | Photographic Credit; NPR New Orleans is home to the nation’s first all-charter district. As the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina approaches, you can count on seeing a lot of glowing [...]

Charter Schools Won’t Solve Racial Injustice in Baltimore, or Anywhere Else

By Jeff Bryant | Originally Published at Education Opportunity Network. May 21, 2015 1:58 PM | Photographic Credit; Young girls near the scene of a burned CVS in West Baltimore. (Jim Bourg/Reuters) The disturbing death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore while in police custody, and the ensuing [...]

New Orleans RSD Compared to Traditional Schools

By Michael Deshotels | Originally Published at Lousiana Educator. May 21, 2015 The national news media has been reporting for several years now that the "portfolio" of charter schools created to run the state takeover schools in New Orleans have produced an amazing turnaround of those schools [...]

The Tenth Anniversary of Katrina — An Ideal Time for a Congressional Hearing on the Use of Federal Funds?

By Willie M. Zanders, Sr. | Originally Published at New Orleans Public Schools Employees Justice. May 18, 2015 | Photographic Credit; Original Plaintiffs and Class Representatives / A Square Photo New Orleans Public School Employees Will Request a Congressional Hearing on the $750 Million Federal Fund to [...]

New Report Exposes Holes in Louisiana’s Charter School Program and Millions in Taxpayer Dollars Wasted on a Broken System

By Karran Harper Royal and the Coalition for Community Schools | Originally Published at The New Orleans Tribune. May/June 2015 Edition A new eport recently released by the Coalition for Community Schools and the Center for Popular Democracy (CPD) finds that the drastic growth of overinvestment in [...]