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Sat Aug 29, 2015, 05:15 PM

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

http://inthesetimes.com/article/18352/10-years-after-katrina-new-orleans-all-charter-district-has-proven-a-failur

The researchers found that the gap between charter and public school performance in Louisiana was the largest of any state in the country
. And Louisiana’s overall scores were the fourth-lowest in the nation.

“You can say until you’re blue in the face that this should be a national model, but this is one of the worst-performing districts in one of the worst-performing states,” says NPE board member Julian Vasquez Heilig, an education professor at California State Sacramento.

However, test scores, high or low, are only a piece of the story. In a three-month investigation, In These Times interviewed teachers, parents and students to find out how they feel about the charterization of public education in New Orleans.

Community members mourned the closures of public schools that had served as neighborhood hubs. Students at no-excuses charters described feeling like they were in prison, or bootcamp. Teachers felt demoralized, like they didn’t have a voice in the classroom. Parents complained about a lack of black teachers. In interview after interview, people said the same thing: The system doesn’t put children’s needs first.

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When Rowena McCormick Robinson attended an orientation for prospective Sci Academy parents, it seemed promising. Officials assured her that the school offered advanced placement classes, extracurriculars and an atmosphere of strict discipline. The kind of place where her bright and quiet 14-year-old son, Russell, would thrive.

But within weeks of starting, the teenager, who normally woke up for school on his own, didn’t want to get out of bed. “I hate going there,” he told his mom. “It’s like prison.” When she heard about the rules the school was enforcing—rules about the way the kids had to sit, the way they raised their hand—she was furious.

These kids might be rowdy, she says, and many might come from dysfunctional homes, but they weren’t that bad. She thought it was wrong that so many were being punished as though they were delinquents.

Some of the students felt the same. Darrius Jones, who had been given detention for stepping out of line at Carver Collegiate, simply transferred schools. But in 2013, other kids at Carver Prep and Carver Collegiate started talking about a revolt. On Nov. 18, 2013, nearly 100 students walked out. They printed a list of 13 concerns, including, “We are learning material that we already learned in middle school” and “We want a discipline policy that doesn’t suspend kids for every little thing.”

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eridani Aug 2015 OP
Wellstone ruled Aug 2015 #1
dieter Aug 2015 #2
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eppur_se_muova Aug 2015 #4

Response to eridani (Original post)

Sat Aug 29, 2015, 05:27 PM

1. No suprise!!

How is that Libertarian School Model working for you Rove?

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Response to Wellstone ruled (Reply #1)

Sat Aug 29, 2015, 07:28 PM

2. Financially, probably pretty well.

 

The CEOs, staffs and such get paid very well. Not the teachers. The principals and corporate people.

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Response to dieter (Reply #2)

Sat Aug 29, 2015, 09:22 PM

3. Forgot the Hotel and Casino's.

Sure wiped out the Democratic Party as planed .

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Response to eridani (Original post)

Sat Aug 29, 2015, 10:44 PM

4. No one could have predicted ... nt

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