As an added feature of The New Orleans Imperative for 2014, we will have monthly Roundtable discussions around critical issues in public education. These discussions will include the views from a variety of stakeholders including but not limited to students, parents, educational advocates, public officials, researchers and community members. Our Roundtable discussion today will focus on the issue of “local control” in the New Orleans public education landscape of mostly charter schools.
Our participants in this morning Roundtable are members of the news media who report on public education. Join us today are Anitra Brown, Managing Editor of The New Orleans Tribune, Danielle Drellinger, Education Reporter for The Times Picayune, Jessica Williams, Education Reporter for The Lens.
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Researcher Michael DeHotels gives updates on the implementation of the Common Core Standards. Th Louisiana Department of Education has received a lot of criticism on the adoption of the Common Core.
Former Principal Walter Goodwin updates us on the latests in the Teacher Law Suit.
It is very clear that the Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) is determined to mislead the public on the lack of academic progress of the corporate reforms they have created (charter and voucher schools). This article from the Washington Post reveals how the LDOE violated the law to continue its failed educational practices. Corrupt government at its worst.
More evidence of the charter school/voucher shell game with the lowest state scores on the ACT coming for the state run schools in New Orleans.
More on Jindal and White giving away your tax dollars
Once again Louisiana leading the pack in keeping the public out of public education.
When will the Louisiana Department of Education be held accountable for following their own policy?
More on the No Excuse Schools (KIPP) that have more than questionable discipline practices……unbelievable.
Education journalist Kari Harden recent article in the Louisiana Weekly which describes the unethical if not illegal use of a $800,000 federal grant awarded to John McDonogh Charter High School from New Schools for New Orleans. Ms. Harden’s article revealed that most of these funds awarded to John McDonogh Charter High School was used for unusually high salaries to members of the school’s charter management company and the school’s principal while the school struggled to survive financially.
Last year Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu, co-chair of the Senate Public Charter School Caucus in Washington, DC, hosted a forum for education policymakers. The forum featured the New Schools for New Orleans report New Orleans-Style Education Reform: A Guide for Cities. This report was be hailed as a “national” model for turning around urban school districts.
Attached is a response to this report from the Urban South Grassroots Research Collective which includes education scholars and those affiliated with longstanding educational and cultural organizations in New Orleans.
The response essay points out the fundamental flaws in the New Schools for New Orleans report and reveals many of failures and challenges facing poor and minority students.
Broader Bolder Approach to Education Study reports on the impacts of test-based teacher evaluations, school closures, and increased charter school access on student outcomes in New York, Chicago and Washington D.C.
There has been an extraordinary amount of media coverage of the unfound success of the education reforms (charter schools) in New Orleans. The corporate reforms PR machine has also been successful at ignoring the traditional schools under the control of the locally elected school board. After Hurricane Katrina and the state takeover of more than 100 schools, Orleans Parish School Board was left with it best performing schools (many of which had admission requirements). These schools reopened as charters and traditional run schools. The traditional run schools with admission requirements lowered standards accepted all students. Ignored and unnoticed these traditional schools has emerged as one of the most highly rated school district in the state.
At his New Orleans event, John Merrow admitted that he knew that New Orleans charter schools can have selective admission requirements, but chose not to reveal this in his film, “REBIRTH- New Orleans.i” The film cites the accomplishments of the New Orleans charter school movement, while neglecting to disclose that several New Orleans charter schools have selective admission and retention requirements, allowing the schools to educate only students who are not at-risk.
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Research on Reforms, Dr. Barbara Ferguson