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December 15, 2015

Pat Bryant and Rev. Dr. Dwight Webster of Justice and Beyond discussed their efforts around creating a public school system in New Orleans that is accountable to the public and is excellent and equitable.


December 8, 2014

Darryl Kilbert, former Orleans Parish School Board Superintendent, and Dr. Ken Ducote, former Orleans Parish School Board Director of Facility Planning discussed the results of the school tax proposition and what citizens should do to insure that we have a school maintenance fund that is fair and accountability to the public.

December 1, 2014

On December 6, 2014 voters in New Orleans will be asked to vote on Proposition to ACT 543 that will dedicate tax dollars for a public school maintenance fund. While having such a fund makes sense, a closer examination of the proposition reveals major problems.

Louella Givens, former BESE Board member, discussed the proposition on this Saturday’s ballot.


November 17, 2014

Rev. Dr. Torin Sanders served has a guest host this morning, he discussed the proposition for ACT 453 that will be on ballot this upcoming election on December 6, 2014. Rev. Sanders guests’ were Rev. Willie Calhoun of the Lower 9th Ward School Group and Pat Bryant from Justice and Beyond. As a response to listener interests this program also rebroadcast on Monday November 24, 2014.

November 10, 2014

President of the Orleans Parish School Board Nolan Marshall and Dr. Kenneth Ducote, former Director of the Orleans Parish Schools Facility Planning Department, discussed the millage proposition for ACT 543 that be on the ballot in the December election.

November 3, 2014
Long time community activist Carl Galmon discussed a compliant his organization filed with the United States Justice Department regarding use of FEMA funds in the rebuilding and renovations of public schools in New Orleans.

Jason France, blogger and educational activist discussed the Louisiana Department of Education and charter school latest fiasco of not protecting sensitive student data.

October 27, 2014

On Tuesday October 21, 2014 the Louisiana Department of Education released the 2013-2014 School Performance Scores (SPS) more than six months after public school students took the state’s mandated standardized tests. With that parents across Louisiana enrolled their children in schools this year not knowing if their child’s school passed or failed last school year or if that school SPS score dropped last school year. Also once again Louisiana the scores for the Recovery School District schools were dismal.Noted researcher and blogger Michael Deshotels joined us to give an analysis of the SPS. Mr. Deshotels discussed the importance of the “cut scores” in determining academic success and the distortion of the high school scores.

Also on today’s program, educational activists Lee Barrios shared with us the fundamental flaws of high stakes testing.

October 20, 2014
Recently the Cowen Institute for Public Education Initiatives at Tulane University retracted its October 1st school report. According to a Times Picayune article dated October 10, 2014 “In a high-profile embarrassment, Tulane University’s Cowen Institute for Education Initiatives on Friday retracted its widely cited Oct. 1 report on New Orleans public high school performance. The study concluded that most schools are posting higher graduation rates and better test scores than could be expected, given the socio-economic disadvantages of their students“. The report was removed from their web site as officials from the Cowen Institute stated that the “report’s methodology was flawed, making its conclusions inaccurate”.

Every year post Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, charter school proponents and education privateers have boasted about the academic gains of the charter schools. However the only folks that have been making these claims are the folks that have a vested interest in the success of charter schools (Recovery School District, charter operators, education industry). Since 2007 the Cowen Institue has been the lead cheerleader of the unfound academic success of charter schools in New Orleans.

Meanwhile all external analysis of the market model education reforms have reported just the opposite. Researchers and bloggers have consistently found that the Recovery School District of New Orleans schools rank at the bottom when compared to other school districts in the state.Obviously the Cowen Institute could no longer ignore the obvious. This is quite a turn around for a agency at a major research university. More importantly it is unbelievable that a research institution would make such an analysis given the preponderance of data that clearly indicated otherwise.

Charles Hatfield of Research on Reforms joined us this morning to discuss how for years the Cowen Institute has touted unfound success with the market model reforms of the public schools in New Orleans.

October 13, 2014

Educational equity activists Karran Harper Royal served as this morning’s guest host. Karran had an open discussion on the need for the Recovery School District by leading a discussion on the impact of the Recovery School District over its 11 year history. Has it been a successful entity. Did the Recovery School District fulfill its original mission? As we approach the December tax initiative that could cement the RSD in New Orleans for the next 20 years, it’s important that we take a good look at the effects of the Recovery School District on our community.

October 6, 2014

Bob Schaeffer, Public Education Director of The National Center for Fair Open and Testing, joined us this morning to discuss the recent resistance to standardized testing and the states that are delaying the Common Core.

Debbie Meaux President of the Louisiana Association of Educators also joined us this morning to discuss their recent lawsuit challenging the funding of charter schools using MFP funds in Louisiana.


September 29, 2014
Last week the U.S. Education Department announced that they have opened an investigation into charges that the Recovery School District’s policy of closing and chartering New Orleans public schools violated the civil rights of African-American students. This investigation is the result of complaint filed by last May by the Advancement Project and two local education advocacy groups, Coalition for Community Schools and Conscious Concerned Citizens Controlling Community Changes. Karran Harper Royal of the Coalition for Community Schools joined us this morning to discuss the investigation.

Also on this morning’s program, Dr. Mark Naison of Fordham University joined us to discuss the claim by education reformer$ that public education has failed poor and minority children.

September 22, 2014
On September 24, 2014 the The Southern Regional Asset Building Coalition (SRABC) will hold its national conference in New Orleans. The SRABC is a collaboration of state coalitions committed to creating, supporting and implementing the policies and programs needed to build and sustain economic security for low income families within the Southern region. The key component to closing the equity gap is education. The featured speaker for the conference is Dr. Michael Sherraden, Dr. Sherraden joined us this morning to discuss economic fragility.

Jason France joined us this morning to discuss one of his recent blogs Standardized Lying which outlines Louisiana’s declining test scores. His blog can be found here http://crazycrawfish.wordpress.com/2014/08/24/standardized-lying/

September 15, 2014

The rebuilding of historic Booker T. Washington High School has created a lot of debate recently. Nolan McSwain of the Booker T. Washington Alumni & Friends joined us this morning to discuss these issues.

Also Rev. Willie Calhoun Jr. joined us to discuss an upcoming decision by the Orleans Parish School Board on the annual budget and funds being forwarded to the Recovery School District.

September 8, 2014
Last week the Louisiana Supreme Court heard an appeal of a lower court decision that found the Orleans Parish School Board and the Louisiana Department of Eduction liable for illegally firing over 7500 Orleans Parish school employees after Hurricane Katrina. A decision on this appeal is forthcoming. Willie Zanders, lead attorney for the Orleans Parish School employees joined us this morning to discuss the case.

Former New Orleans principal Walter Goodwin and education activist Karran Harper Royal joined us afterwards to give their analysis as a plaintiff and court observer of the Orleans Parish employees law suit.

August 25, 2104

Common Core opponents and proponents had their day in the Louisiana’s courts, educational activist’s Lee Barrios updates us on the latest in the Jindal vs BESE Board Championship Fight.

John McDonogh Steering Committee spokesperson Brenda Square updates us on their quest to move their school from the Recovery School District back to the Orleans Parish School Board.

August 11, 2014
The John McDonogh High School alumni and community have requested that their school be returned to the Orleans Parish School Board. A few weeks ago the Orleans Parish School Board agreed to receive the school, last week the request was made to a committee of the BESE Board and will be considered by the full BESE Board on Wednesday August 13, 2014 in Baton Rouge.

Pastor Brenda Square a member of the John McDonogh School community joined us this morning to explain why John McDonogh alumni and community wants to return to the Orleans Parish School Board.


August 4, 2014

Last week the BESE Committee of the Whole met in New Orleans to hear recommendations regarding policy issues from the Recovery School District and the community. Needless to say the meeting was revealing and quite eventful. This morning callers discussed their views of the meeting and the Recovery School District.

July 28, 2014
The Jindal vs White/Roemer “who is in charge” fight has drawn tons of media attention. Jindal supporting then opposing the Common Core, White forcing the Common Core Standards on the children of Louisiana, White and Roemer wanting to sue their privatization buddy Jindal for over stepping his authority. Three BESE Board members sending a compromised proposal to the Jindal, without any discussion with the other eight members. It has been quite a story.

BESE Board member Lottie Bebbe, one of the eight members that was ignored by her colleagues who sent the comprised proposal, joined us this morning to discuss the fundamental problems with the whole Common Core issue as well as John White’s repeated violation of policy in issuing contracts.

July 21, 2014

The crisis in public education created by the profit driven education reformers has some far reaching implications. Dr.Mark Naison, professor of history at Fordham University in New York and Chair of African and African-American Studies, recently produced a news story on his Education News Series that made an interesting comparison between the charter school movement and the Subprime Mortgage Crisis. Dr Naison joined us this morning to discuss his news video.
You can view his Education News video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hIf0xpVBZKQ

Recently the Louisiana Department of Education did a press release touting high graduation rates and low dropouts rates. Jason France, researcher and blogger (Crazy Crawfish’s Blog) also joined us to discuss his questions about these claims and how his cursory analysis shows how schools are misleading the public by miscoding the reasons why students left school.


July 14, 2014

The Common Core Standards has been a Jerry Springer like show in Louisiana. First Gov. Jindal, who believes that the private sector should run all government services, supported the Common Core. State Education Superintendent John White, who is a national patriot for privatizing public education, was moving forward with ramming the Common Core Standards down the throats of every student in a Louisiana public school when he was blocked after Jindal suddenly opposed the Common Core Standards. Over the past few weeks this has led to a Louisiana Public Education Championship fight between Jindal and White. Debbie Meaux, President of the Louisiana Association of Educators and Lee Barrios, retired educator and former BESE Board Candidate gives us the latest in this epic battle.


June 30, 2014

Researcher and blogger Michael Deshotels and Darryl Kilbert, former Superintendent of the Orleans Parish School Board, will discuss this year’s LEAP and ILEAP scores and the controversy around the Common Core Standards in Louisiana.


June 23, 2014

Charles Hatfield from Research on Reforms gives an analysis of this year’s LEAP and ILEAP scores and the ongoing myths around the academic achievement of the reformed schools in New Orleans.

June 16, 2014

Jason France researcher and blogger discusses questions around the data crisis at the Louisiana Department of Education. Jason has an informative blog on public education in Louisiana http://crazycrawfish.wordpress.com


June 9, 2014

Tom Aswell, former journalist and noted blogger, discussed a couple of his recent blogs on data reporting irregularities at the Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE). These irregularities include allegations that the LDOE manipulated data for grant eligibility for RSD charter schools and LDOE employees balking at Superintendent John White’s request to “tweak” test scores. Tom Aswell’s blog, Louisiana Voice-Politics at its Worst! can be found at http://louisianavoice.com

June 2, 2014

Educational researcher and author Dr. Mercedes Schneider discusses the fundamental flaws with the Common Core, the 2014 LEAP scores and her recent book A Chronicle of Echoes: Who’s Who in the Implosion of American Public Education.


May 19, 2014
On May 17, 1954 the U.S. Supreme Court integrated public schools by declaring that the Plessy vs Ferguson’s Separate but Equal doctrine was unconstitutional. Attorney and college professor Dr. James Taylor and educational activists Karran Harper-Royal discusses the results of this decision 60 years later.

May 12, 2014
Educational researcher and blogger Michael Deshotles analyzes the Cowen Institute’s recent report which touts the increased academic performance of charter schools in New Orleans servicing mostly poor and minority students. Also Steve Monaghan, President of the Louisiana Federation of Teachers gives a update of the Louisiana Legislative 2014 Session.


May 5, 2014

Ramon Griffin recently wrote a jaw dropping article on the discipline policy at a charter school where he served as Dean, Colonizing the Black Natives: Reflections from a former NOLA Charter School Dean of Students . Mr. Griffin joined us this morning and discussed his article where he described the school’s discipline policy as a “militaristic/prison fashion that delegitimize the knowledge, experience, and cultures of the colonized, and establish policy and practice that will always confirm the colonial status quo”.

Mr. Griffin article can be found at http://cloakinginequity.com/2014/03/24/colonizing-the-black-natives-reflections-from-a-former-nola-charter-school-dean-of-students/

April 28, 2014

Journalist Kari Harden joins discusses her latest Louisiana Weekly article on the civil rights complaint filed by parents and community members against Collegiate Academies a charter operator that manages three high schools in New Orleans.


April 14, 2014

For the past few years parents and community members from George W. Carver Sr. High School have been at odds with the Recovery School District and Collegiate Academies the charter operator assigned to manage the school. Parents, alumni and community members have raised numerous issues ranging from overbearing discipline policies to statements made by the school principal that he didn’t believe that African-American students should be taught by African-American teachers.

Carver alumnus Rev. Willie Calhoun and Earnest Charles and Grandparent Labertha McCormick discusses the latest issues with the governance of Carver High School.


April 7, 2014

Louisiana House Representative Wesley Bishop and educational activist Lee Barrios discusses the Common Core legislation and other education bills before the legislature.

March 31, 2014
Journalist Kari Harden discusses her recent articles in the Louisiana Weekly on the closure of John McDonogh High School and African American parents turning to home schooling their children.

March 24, 2014
A few weeks ago the Louisiana Legislature began its 2014 session, as usual numerous education bills have been filed. Rev. Dr. Torin Sanders served as the guest host for today’s program which focused on key education bills in this year’s legislative session.

March 17, 2014

This month marks the Fifth Year Anniversary of The New Orleans Imperative, it seems like it was just yesterday when we started this weekly radio broadcast on the public education landscape in New Orleans.

This show was hosted by education activist Karran Harper Royal. Karran’s guest was the founder and host of The New Orleans Imperative, Dr. Raynard Sanders who discussed the purpose of the show and share highlights of the last five years.

March 10, 2014

As added feature of The New Orleans Imperative for 2014 is a 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 today’s program were 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.

February 24, 2014
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.

February 17, 2014
Orleans Parish School Board President Nolan Marshall joined us to discuss the school board’s agenda over the next 12 months and other issues confronting the school board.


February 10. 2014

Last week a six year old boy was killed in a hit and run accident on his way to school as he was crossing a major thoroughfare to get to his school bus stop. Post Hurricane Katrina we have thousands of children catching school buses as early as 6:30 AM, pre Katrina most children attending elementary school attended neighborhood schools and by and large did not have to navigate major thoroughfares as we see today. This mass transportation of students daily to and from school has had more than its share of critics over the years.

This morning Dr. Roslyn Smith, former elementary school principal/President of a charter school and Rev. Willie Calhoun of the Lower Ninth Ward School Group discusses the community concerns around the mass transportation of students to and from school daily in the New Orleans reformed school district.

February 3, 2014

On January 15, 2014, the Louisiana 4th Circuit Court of Appeal upheld a district court decision of Judge Ethel Simms Julien that New Orleans teachers and other school personnel were wrongfully fired following the state takeover. This ruling essentially means that more than 7000 employees were illegally fired from their jobs and denied return by the Louisiana Department of Education. This ruling is historic in that it finally showed how state and local officials conspired to remove more 7000 people from their jobs. After their dismissal charter proponents boasted on how they got rid of all those bad teachers.

During the trial in Judge Julien’s court numerous other egregious actions by state and local officials were revealed in discovery. Karran Harper Royal of the Pyramid Parent Resource Center and The New Orleans Education Equity Roundtable and Dr. Adrienne Dixson professor at the University of Illinois College of Education attended the month long trial. This morning they shared their views on the ruling and other shocking events that came out during the trial.

January 27, 2014

A couple of months ago journalist Kari Harden discussed her recent article in the Louisiana Weekly which described 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.
Shortly after airing that program we received numerous requests to revisit this story given the millions of dollars from a federal grant being awarded to charter schools by New Schools for New Orleans and the recent announcement that John McDonogh will closed at the end of the school term.

This morning Kari Harden shares with us further details of her investigation that did not appear in the article around the I3 grant awarded to New Schools for New Orleans. Darryl Kilbert, former Superintendent of New Orleans Public Schools, will also join us to explain the use of federal funds in supplementing programs in public schools. We invited a representative from New School for New Orleans to the show this morning to explain their I3 grant program but got no response.


January 13, 2014
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 of a variety of stakeholders including but not limited to students, parents, educational advocates, public officials, researchers and community members. Our first Roundtable begins today with a topic which many feel is key to providing quality education for all children.

Since the state takeover of practically all of the public schools in New Orleans the issue of “local control” has hotly debated. Joining us today to discuss this issue is educational activists Dr. Lance and Hill and former BESE Board member Louella Givens.

January 6, 2014
For the past eight years state education officials and charter school proponents have been claiming “unprecedented academic achievement” in the charter schools in New Orleans and across Louisiana. However it should be noted that practically all external analysis’ of student data of the Recovery School District, which comprised most of the charter schools, revealed that most of its charter schools are rated D or F. In fact over the years post Hurricane Katrina, the Recovery School District has ranked at the bottom compared to other school districts across the state.

Educator and researcher Herb Bassett discusses how state education officials changed the school assessment system and used other measures to favor the Recovery School District. Also Charles Hatfield of Research on Reforms shares with us the numerous tactics used by state education officials to mislead the public by claiming unfound academic success.


December 23, 2013
Over the past few weeks we have reported on student protests at Reed and Carver High Schools against what many call “over the top” discipline policies. Schools implementing these kinds of discipline policies, commonly called No Excuse Schools, have been criticized across the country as being counterproductive and unnecessarily punitive. Last week students, parents and communities members held a rally and brought their concerns to the charter management board of Reed High Schools. Karran Harper Royal reports on the rally and parents’ concerns with Collegiate Academies excessive discipline policies.


December 16, 2013
Chris Sang Communication and Media Director from the Vietnamese American Young Leaders Association of New Orleans discusses his organization’s role in empowering youth in the public education arena around Sara Reed High School.

December 9, 2013
Over the past few weeks students at Joseph S. Clark Charter Schools, George W. Caver High School and charter schools operated by Collegiate Academies staged protests against what students describe as “harsh discipline policies”. The schools that practice these kinds of discipline policies are commonly called No Excuse Schools. These discipline policies have been criticized nationally has being excessive and counter-productive to the educational process.

Parents of students attending the schools managed by Collegiate Academies and Rev. Willie Calhoun Jr. discusses the challenges children face daily with these highly criticized discipline policies.


December 2, 2013
New Orleans has the largest percentage of charter schools than any city in the country. Post Hurricane Katrina, state education officials said that practically all of the public schools in New Orleans were failing and that charter schools would dramatically improve the quality of education for thousands of children. Eight years later in New Orleans most of those school taken over by the state are rated either a “D” or F”. In addition to creating failing schools, most charter schools are managed by self appointing boards who have no accountability to the parents or the community.

Dr. Morna Mcdermott, Professor at Townson University, has written extensively on why democracy is important in public education. In this show Dr.Mcdermott explains the fundamentally flaws in privatizing public education in a democratic society.


November 18, 2013
BESE board member Lottie Beebe discusses the BESE board decision to authorized two out of state for profit charter schools after the Lafayette School Board held public hearings, received public feedback and heard from elected officials who stated that for-profit charter schools were not in the best interest of their students.

On November 14, 2013 students from Joseph S. Clark Charter School staged a sit-in in the school’s hallways against the firing of a teacher and a unfair demerit system. The students continued the sit-in through Friday and vowed to continue on Monday morning November 18th, however school officials announced Friday that school would be closed on Monday. Students representatives from Joseph S. Clark discusses the reasons for their sit-in on this morning’s show.


November 11, 2013
Education journalist Kari Harden discusses her 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 investigation 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.


November 4, 2013
On October 24, 2013 state education officials released School Performance Scores six months after students in Louisiana took the state mandated standardized tests. In announcing the scores state education officials and education reform proponents as usual touted the unprecedented success of public education in New Orleans using the charter school model.

Upon the release of the scores many public education advocates and researchers raised questions about the claims made by state education officials from just a cursory analysis the scores. Jason France, a researcher and blogger, gives his analysis of the 2012-2013 School Performance Scores and cites the fundamental flaws in the Louisiana Department of Education calculations and claims of success.


October 28, 2013
Rev. Wille Calhoun of The Lower 9th Ward School Group discusses the community concerns with the principal assigned to G. W. Carver Senior High School by the Recovery School District.

Karran Harper- Royal of The New Orleans Education Equity Roundtable gives us a wrap up report on School Justice Week.


October 21, 2013
In the reformed education system in New Orleans post Hurricane Katrina, many students and parents have been victims and or have questions around school admission policy, suspension and expulsions policies and access or denial of special needs services. Given the unquestionable autonomy of many charter schools there is no process or central location for parents to get answers and/or relief to the many challenges they face daily.

With that Karran Harper-Royal of The New Orleans Education and Equity Roundtable discusses an important event to assist parents and students, School Justice Week, which will be held the week of October 21, 2013.

October 14, 2013

Dr. Rosyln Smith, former President of the Board of Director’s of the McDonogh 42 Elementary Charter School, discussed the charter school landscape in New Orleans and its unleveled playing field.


October 7 , 2013

Elaine Weiss of Broader, Bolder Approach to Education, a research organization that focuses on policies that makes schools successful, discussed their last report Market-oriented Education Reforms’ Rhetoric Trumps Reality.
The report looked at the impacts of test-based teacher evaluations, school closures, and increased charter school access on student outcomes in Chicago, New York City, and Washington, D.C.


September 30, 2013
New Orleans Education Reforms: Eight Years Later

It has been eight years since state and local officials started the privatization of public education in New Orleans. We have been strangely touted as the “national model” for turning around urban school districts with the largest percentage of charter schools than any city in the country. As we look back over the last eight years it is important to examine “the on the ground” results of privatizing a public school district.

During the month of September The New Orleans Imperative will look at critical areas of the education reforms as seen by education experts, activists and former public officials.

This morning Dr. Kristen Buras Professor from Georgia State University and Darryl Kilbert former Superintendent of New Orleans Public Schools discussed governance.

September 23, 2013
New Orleans Education Reforms: Eight Years Later

It has been eight years since state and local officials started the privatization of public education in New Orleans. We have been strangely touted as the “national model” for turning around urban school districts with the largest percentage of charter schools than any city in the country. As we look back over the last eight years it is important to examine “the on the ground” results of privatizing a public school district.

This morning BESE Board member Louella Givens and former President of the Orleans Parish School Board Rev. Dr. Torin Sanders will discuss the politics and legislation around public education post Hurricane Katrina.

September 16, 2013
During the month of September The New Orleans Imperative will look at critical areas of the education reforms as seen by education experts, activists and former public officials.

Karran Harper Royal and D.J. Markey of the Pyramid Parent Resource Center and Rev. Willie Calhoun Jr. of the Lower 9th Ward School Development Group discusses community and parent involvement in the education reforms.


September 9, 2013
During the month of September The New Orleans Imperative will look at critical areas of the education reforms as seen by education experts, activists and former public officials.

This morning former New Orleans Public Schools Superintendents Darryl Kilbert & Dr. Barbara Ferguson discuss the academic status of public school students in New Orleans eight years later.

August 26, 2013

Jason France, former employee of theLouisiana Department of Education and blogger, discusses a variety of topics around the quality of public education in Louisiana.

Also Bob Schaeffer the Public Education Director of the National Center for Fair & Open Testing continues our discussion on the Common Core Standards which is being implemented in Louisiana this school year.

August 19, 2013
Louisiana State Department of Education has adopted the Common Core Curriculum for this coming school year, this means fundamental changes in the curriculum and testing for the public schools students in Louisiana.

Dr. Adrienne Dixson, Associate Professor Education Policy, Organization and Leadership at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, discusses the pros and cons of this new curriculum.


August 12, 2013
Across the country government retirement systems are under attack from conservative groups as well as local and state policymakers. These critics claim that government retirement systems have caused the dire financial problems facing state and local governments. In Louisiana Gov. Jindal has proposed overhauling the state’s employee retirement systems.

Dr. Jerry Baudin and Dr. James Taylor candidates for the retiree representative on the Teachers’ Retirement System of Louisiana Board of Trustees discusses the issues facing the state retirement systems.

August 5, 2013
Dr. Kristen L. Buras discusses the report she authored with members of Urban South Grassroots Research Collective entitled New Orleans Education Reform: A Guide for Cities or a Warning for Communities? (Grassroots Lessons Learned, 2005-2012).

Dr. Buras’ report is a response to New Orleans-Style Education Reform: A Guide for Cities (Lessons Learned, 2004-2010), a report published by the charter school incubator New Schools for New Orleans. The New School for New Orleans report was presented by Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu, co-chair of the Senate Public Charter School Caucus in Washington, DC, last year at forum for education policymakers. Since the forum the report by New School for New Orleans has been lauded has a national model for turning around urban school districts


Steve Monaghan, president of the Louisiana Federation of Teachers, discusses the recent U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals partial dismissal of the state Department of Education’s appeal of a November injunction that halted the state’s voucher program in Tangipahoa Parish.

Anitra Brown, Managing Editor of The New Orleans Tribune, discusses her paper’s recent commentary on the conflict of interests of Louisiana Ethics Board member Scott Schneider voting on Kira Jones’ eligibility to serve on the BESE Board member given her position Executive Director of Teach For America (TFA) in New Orleans. This issue arose last year because of TFA’s contract with the BESE Board.

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Educational researcher and blogger Michael DesHotels discusses the flaws in the newly implemented Louisiana VAM teacher evaluation system. Jessica Williams of The Lens also joined us to discuss her latest article on state documents that detail standardized test cheating, irregularities at New Orleans schools.

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The latest crisis from Superintendent John White is the state wide voucher program. Last year White ignored criticism about the constitutionality of the voucher program and started it anyway. Many educators said that he had not done the proper planning for the program, questioning the school selection process. White did not announce the accountability criteria for participating schools until August right before the start of the school year.

In less than year after a state wide audit of the voucher program, one school has been thrown out of the program and 49 of 51 schools audited were unable to provide financial information to the auditor. The auditor stated that the school that dismissed from the program owes the state almost $400,000. To make matters worst, in April the Louisiana Supreme Court ruled that the voucher program was unconditional because it was illegally funded with Minimum Foundation Program funds.

Louella Givens, former BESE board member, shares her thoughts on this latest crisis.

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Dr. Mercedes Schneider, public school teacher and researcher, discusses how state education officials and proponents of the corporate reforms mask the academic failure of schools in the Recovery School District. Dr. Schneider also shares with us how Superintendent John White was forced to admit that the Louisiana Department of Education illegally inflated the high school SPS scores.

For more information about the corporate education reforms please visit Dr. Schneider’s blog at http://deutsch29.wordpress.com

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One of many controversies at the Louisiana Department of Education is
Superintendent John White’s decision to give personal student data to for-profit companies (which violate the federal student privacy policy). Over the past few months White has not been clear on what’s going on regarding this issue, on occasion he has denied that there was agreement with these companies and other times he has defended giving companies the personal student data. Last week White once again brought the idea up before at a BESE Board meeting. This decision has sparked an outcry from parents, communities members and government watchdog groups.

Lee Barrios retired teacher and former BESE Board candidate and Dr. James Taylor at Professor at Southern University discusses the legality and problems with sharing student’s personal information with the public (particularly with the private sector).

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Quality counseling services is one of the many challenges facing students and parents in New Orleans public schools, particularly at the high school level. Mrs. Nikki Napoleon, a parent whose child attended Joseph S. Clark Preparatory Charter High School, shared with us the problems she faced in making sure her daughter was being scheduled the right courses for graduation and questionable transcript processing by Clark administrators. Ms. Napoleon’s daughter, Seandre and Nicole Anderson from Clark School also shares their experiences.

Mrs. Linda R. Roberts explains the importance of quality counseling services and what parents should look for and the questions they should ask administrators from their child’s school in the way counseling services. Mrs. Roberts was long time counselor in the New Orleans Public Schools.

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Jessica Williams, reporter for The Lens, and Karran Harper-Royal discussed the problems parents are confronted with as they participate in the Recovery School District’s One App program. The One App program is supposed to offer “school choice” to parents whose children attend public schools in New Orleans.

Due to technical problems (power outage) this show recording ends with nine minutes left in the hour. Despite the show’s abrupt ending Dr. Ladson-Billings interview is great.

Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings, Professor at the University of Wisconsin at Madison and noted researcher, discusses the critical flaws of the corporate reforms sweeping the country and its connection to race.

Elaine Weiss, author of Broader Bolder Approach to Education, discusses the findings of educational reforms in Chicago, New York City and Washington D.C. This study reports on the impacts of test-based teacher evaluations, school closures, and increased charter school access on student outcomes in these selected cities that have employed the market model approach to reforming their school districts.

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New Orleans Imperative May 20, 2013
Since the state takeover of public schools in New Orleans, the Recovery School District has closed numerous neighborhood schools. Many of these schools were closed over community objection and knowledge, the Recovery School District actions has been a nightmare for communities across the city. Recently the Recovery Schools District has decided closed a ninth ward elementary school for the third time post Hurricane Katrina, closure of this school has sent parents scrambling to find a school for their child. Kenisha Nelson a parent from May’s Charter School and Karran Harper Royal discusses the latest Recovery School District failure in providing quality schools to all children.

New Orleans Imperative May 13, 2013
Joyce Haynes of the Louisiana Association of Educators and Steve Monaghan from the Louisiana Federation of Teachers discusses the recent Louisiana Supreme Court decision which declared the Louisiana voucher program unconstitutional. Also Dr. Lance Hill gives an analysis of the varied issues around the use of tax payers funds in voucher programs.

New Orleans Imperative May 6, 2013

Educational researcher Michael DesHotels and former Orleans Parish Schools Superintendent Darryl Kilbert gives their analysis of the education bills in the Louisiana Legislative session.

New Orleans Imperative April 29, 2013

Rev. Dr. Torin Sanders is our guest host for this morning’s show. Rev. Sanders continues our updates of the Louisiana Legislative Session currently in progress with a discussion from Rep. Wesley Bishop. Rep. Wesley Bishop, a member of the House Education committee, shares with you the latest on education bills affecting our public schools.

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Joyce Haynes of the Louisiana Association of Educators, and Steve Monaghan of the Louisiana Federation of Teachers gives a Legislative update.  Also Louella Givens, former BESE board member, gives us an analysis of the education bills filed this session in the Louisiana Legislature.

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Rev. Dr. Torin Sanders and Karran Harper Royal discusses the education bills filed in the ongoing Louisiana Legislative session.

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Karran Harper Royal discuses the constitutionality vouchers, Louisiana legislative Auditor’s finding of RSD missing $2.7 million of equipment and the need for citizens to complain to their state legislators about the horrid condition of schools managed by RSD. Ira Thomas, President of the Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB) will discuss the board’s legislative agenda and their efforts to get public schools presently under the control of the Louisiana Department of Education returned back to OPSB.

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Joyce Haynes, President of the Louisiana Association of Educators and Steve Monaghan, President of the Louisiana Federation of Teachers discusses their organization’s legislative agenda for this upcoming Louisiana Legislative session.
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Dr James D. Kirylo, associate professor and Merritt Family Endowed Professor at Southeastern Louisiana University (SLU), discusses state education officials efforts to privatize public education in Louisiana. Dr. Kirylo is a former elementary school teacher, his expertise is in the areas of literacy, teacher leadership, curriculum theory, and critical pedagogy.

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Steve Monaghan President of the Louisiana Federation of Teachers and Michael DesHotels, education activists, discusses a state judge’s decision ruling on March 3, 2013 that the recently passed education law (ACT 1) was unconstitutional. ACT 1 was one of several laws that Governor Jindal pushed through the Louisiana legislature last year.

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Joyce Haynes, President of Louisiana Association of Educators (LAE) , shares with us the comments and feelings of education stakeholders from across the state who participated in education forums.  LAE sponsored six public forums across the state the last two weeks discussing the “state of public education”.  Also Don Whittinghill, education researcher and consultant, discussed the new plan by the Louisiana Department of Education plan to push vouchers across the state after their voucher plan using MFP funds from last year was declared unconstitutional.

 

 

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Bess Altwedger and David Greene of Save Our Schools discusses the organization’s mission and concerns about the present state of public education. Save Our Schools is a national organization dedicated to public education as the cornerstone of a democratic society who are committed to education policy and actions shaped by diverse voices.

 

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Dr. Mark Naison a Professor of African-American Studies and History at Fordham University and Director of Fordham’s Urban Studies Program, discusses his recent article 10 Education Reform Tactics That Hurt Students and Don’t Improve Education.  Elizabeth Jeffers, educator and activist, gives us an analysis of the Oprah Winfrey’s documentary Blackboard Wars which focuses on the charter group that recently took over John McDonogh High School.  The documentary premiered on last Saturday night. Also Joyce Haynes, President of the Louisiana Association of Educators, shares information about the education forums they are hosting across the state.  These forums will consist of open, honest discussions between a panel of local education stakeholders — teachers, parents, school administrations, community leaders, and legislative members — with participants focusing on the most pressing issues currently impacting our public schools.

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Educational activists Karran Harper-Royal shares with us the events from the Journey for Justice protest this past week in Washington D.C. Students and community activists from across the country testified before Department of Education officials about the inequities of school closings and corporate reforms on the minority communities across the country.

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Educational researcher Michael DesHotels shares with us his analysis of the recently adopted changes to education standards adopted by the Bureau of Elementary and Secondary Schools Board (BESE).  These changes recommended by John White, Louisiana State Superintendent of Education, dramatically weakens the quality of education services for thousands of children attending public schools in Louisiana.

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Kwame Smith of Conscious Concerned Citizens Controlling Community Changes (C-6), the community committed to quality education for all children, discussed the organization’s upcoming events.

Over the years state and local proponents have claimed unprecedented tests schools of the reformed schools post Hurricane Katrina.  However numerous external studies has produced results to the contrary. Educator and researcher Dr. Mercedes Schneider recently discovered that state superintendent of education John White illegally inflated the high school performance scores for the 2011-2012 school term.  Dr Schneider shared her results this morning and the response from John White.

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Educational activists Karran Harper-Royal and Ashana Bigard discussed the recent decision by the Bureau Elementary and Secondary Board (BESE) to deny access for hundred of children to their neighborhood schools living in New Orleans east by closing several schools.  Ashana Bigard also update us on the local high school students, from Walter L. Cohen, L. B. Landry and Sarah T. Reed,  demand for quality instructional services at their high schools.  The students at Cohen are seeking use of the gymnasium at their school, presently only students from the charter school (New Orleans College Prep) housed at Cohen High School can use the gymnasium. Kwame Smith also shared with us info on the C-6 Community group’s efforts to organized the community around the problems with the privatization of public education.

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Joyce Haynes President of Louisiana Association of Educators and Larry Carter President of the United Teachers of New Orleans discusses the recent decision by a state judge declaring Gov. Jindal’s Voucher Program unconstitutional.

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Brenda Shum from the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights discusses the national landscape of legal challenges around the privatization of public education using the market model approach.  Attorney Shum is director of the Educational Opportunities Project where she oversees litigation designed to guarantee that all students receive a quality education in public schools and institutions of higher learning, and to eliminate discriminatory practices in school discipline, school funding and special education.

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Dr. Lois  Weiner, Professor at New Jersey City University, will discuss the privatization of public education from a global perspective.  Dr. Weiner’s areas of expertise and research are;  The effects of changes in global political economy on teaching, teachers, and schools, Impact of urban school characteristics on teachers’ classroom practice and How race, class, and gender mediate academic achievement.  Dr. Weiner has written extensively on the global attack on public education, she is the Co-Editor of The Global Assault on Teaching, Teachers and Their Unions,  Stories of Resistance.

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Dr. Barbara Ferguson from Research on Reforms discusses their recently filed lawsuit against the Louisiana Department of Education for not adhering to the Freedom of Information Act.  Many groups have complained about state agencies illegally withholding public information.  Also Joyce Haynes President of Louisiana Association of Educators  updates us on their lawsuit questioning the constitutionality of the recently passed voucher bills.

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Charles Hatfield from Research on Reforms will give us an analysis of the 2011-2012 LEAP scores.  A few weeks ago, state education officials and proponents for privatizing public education gave their usual spin of  ”unprecedented gains” in LEAP scores.  However Research on Reforms analysis of these LEAP scores labels RSD has a District in Academic Crisis with 83% of its schools labeled “D’ or “F”.  Also Rev. Torin Sanders, former President of the Orleans Parish School Board, will share his views on the results of the Orleans Parish School Board elections.

Mr Hatfield’s report, Recovery School District in New Orleans: National Model for Reform or District in Academic Crisis, can be found on the Research page.

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Lee Barrios former BESE Board candidate and Ashana Bigard educational activist discusses Tuesday’s Orleans Parish School Board elections.

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Dr. Lance Hill, education activist, discusses the real issues in the election of candidates for the upcoming Orleans Parish School Board election.

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We continued interviews with candidates for Orleans Parish School Board. Today we interviewed candidates for District 1 Heidi Daniels and Ira Thomas and candidates from District 2 Cynthia Cade, Durell Laurent and Dr. Dwight McKenna.

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This month we will be bringing you the candidates for the upcoming Orleans Parish School Board election on November 6, 2012. Today we interviewed candidates for District 3 Brett Bonin and Karran Harper- Royal and candidates for District 4 Leslie Ellison and Lourdes Moran.

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This month we will be bringing you the candidates for the upcoming Orleans Parish School Board election on November 6, 2012. Today we interviewed candidates for District 6 Jason Coleman  and candidates for District 7 Nolan Marshall Jr. and Kwame Smith.

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Rev. Dr. Torin Sanders, former president of the Orleans Parish School Board, will discuss the upcoming Orleans Parish School Board elections. Damekia Morgan and Ahsana Bigard from Families and Friends of Louisiana’s Incarcerated Children will also join us to discuss the National Week of Action Against School Pushouts.

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Educational researcher Noel Hammatt discusses the fundamental problems with the privatization of public education in Louisiana. Noel Hammatt points similarities to the unaccountable environments of both charter schools and private schools accepting vouchers students.
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Due to bad weather conditions the September 17, 2012 scheduled show was cancelled and the June 11, 2012 show was rebroadcast.
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Bob Schaeffer of the National Center for Fair and Open Testing discuses the impact of standardized tests on student achievement and its use in determining teacher effectiveness.

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Each week many callers ask what they can do to stop the public education reform madness that is offering an inferior and discriminatory education to thousands of poor and minority children. Educational activists and advocates Lee Barrios and Karran Harper-Royal shares with us what you can do as a student, parent or community member to develop a quality education for all children?

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Educational researcher Michael Deshotels gives an analysis of the law suits filed against the controversial voucher bills rammed through the state legislature this past spring.

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Thena Robinson, Executive Director of Rethinkers discusses the Bureau of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) policy for transferring schools back to the Orleans Parish School Board. Rev. Dr. Torin Sanders served as the guest host for this week’s show.

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Joyce Haynes, President of the Louisiana Association of Educators, discusses her organization recent moves to stop state funds from going to private schools participating in the voucher program and the upcoming hearing on the legality of the voucher program in Louisiana.

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Lee Barrios, former BESE candidate and retired teacher, discusses the recall efforts against Gov. Jindal and other state legislators going on across the state along with other education news

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Joyce Haynes, President of the Louisiana Association of Educators, discusses the status of their law suit against the Louisiana Department of Education recent voucher school legislation that allows direct state funding to private and parochial schools.

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Education activist Karran Harper Royal and former New Orleans Public School principal Walter Goodwin discusses the findings in the judgment by Civil Court Judge Ethel Julian in the class action filed by the fired New Orleans public school teachers post Hurricane Katrina. Karran and Walter will analyze Judge Julian Reasons for Judgement, a forty-five page legal brief she issued with her decision.

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Larry Carter, President of the United Teachers of New Orleans,
Steve Monaghan President of the Louisiana Federation of Teachers discusses their recent law suit against the Louisiana Department of Education. Also they will give us a legislative update, including information on Louisiana Federation of Teachers lawsuit.

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Rev. Dr. Torin Sanders discussed the upcoming Orleans Parish School Board elections this fall along with other important topics about public education in Louisiana.

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The recent assault on public education by Gov. Jindal mirrors the American Legislative Exchange Council education agenda even though the governor’s office denies it. Dr. Julie Underwood from the University of Wisconsin- Madison, joined us to discuss her recent article A smart ALEC threatens public education. Her research outlines ALEC’s coordinated efforts to defund and dismantle public schools.

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Numerous critics have cited the lack of minority contractors in the renovation and building of schools post Hurricane Katrina. Critics have stated that less than 1% of more than $900 million of construction work on our schools has gone to minority contractors.

Barbara Major, Chairmen of the Regional Transit Authority (RTA), will discuss the challenges minority businesses are facing in getting government contracts. Barbara will also join share with us RTA efforts to insure minority participation

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Jim Raby and Erica Murray from the Walter L. Cohen Alumni Association discusses their campaign against the Recovery School District’s proposed plan to merger Walter L. Cohen High School and Booker T. Washington High School.

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Dr. John Jackson, President of the Schott Foundation, discusses his agency’s recent report A Rotten Apple: Education Redlining in New York City..The results of this report clearly show a pattern of consistent education redlining in New York City at such a level that student outcomes are less about what students can achieve or teachers’ ability to teach and more about the failure of New York state and the city through policy and practices to create an environment or eco-system where all students have a fair and substantive opportunity to learn regardless of their race or where they live.

The May 7, 2012 show was a rebroadcast of the April 16, 2012

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Educational researcher and blogger Michael Deshotels gives his analysis of the recent education reform legislation, Louisiana State Superintendent of Education John White claim that 10% of the teachers are bad and the problem with using test scores for evaluation…etc.

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Betty Washington and Rev, Willie Calhoun Jr. of the George W. Carver Alumni shares with us their plight in keeping control of their school. As with other school communities, for their past six years they have been unsuccessful in working with the Recovery School District.

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Dr. James Taylor, educator and attorney, discusses the constitutional conflicts with the recent so called education reforms bills rushed through the Louisiana Legislature last week. Dr. Taylor will also point out how these education reforms don’t follow best practices and the research says about creating effective schools for all children.

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Karran Harper-Royal and Lee Barrios will give us updates on the bills going through the Louisiana Senate and what you can to save public education. Les Landon, Public Relations Director for the Louisiana Federation of Teachers, will discuss the problems with the education reform bills being rushed through the legislature.

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Karran Harper-Royal and Lee Barrios gives us updates on Gov. Jindal’s plan to privatize public education in Louisiana despite the cries from the teachers and residents. They also share with us how our legislature are following a the national agenda driven by corporate entities who are more concerned with lining their pockets with our tax dollar than the children of Louisiana.

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Wesley Bishop, Louisiana State Representative and Education Committee member, discussed last week’s House Education Committee meeting where Gov. Jindal’s education reform bills were pushed through despite thousands of teachers, parents and community members opposition. Karran Harper-Royal and Lee Barrios will also updated on last week’s Senate and House Education meetings.

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Lee Barrios and Karran Harper-Royal gives updates on the latest local and state events and legislation happening around public education.

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Dr. Dan French, Executive Director of the Center for Collaborative Education, and Dr. Torin Sanders, former Orleans Parish School Board member will discuss the issues around school governance in transforming our public schools.

Due to Mardi Gras the February 20, 2012 show was a rebroadcast of November 7, 2011 show.

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Lee Barrios, retired teacher and former BESE Board candidate, will give us an update on education news across the state. Researcher Mike Deshotels will discuss the inherent problems with Gov. Jindal’s voucher plan.

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Dr. Norman Whitely and Karran Harper-Royal of the Coalition for Community Leadership in Education will discuss the ongoing issue of the BESE Board non-approval of local groups applications to charter their neighborhood schools.

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Dr. Dan French, Executive Director of the Center for Collaborative Education, will discuss the “Pilot School” model which has successfully transformed failing public schools in urban school districts.

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Joyce Haynes, president of the Louisiana Association of Educators, discusses Gov. Jindal’s education reform plan.

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Karran Harper-Royal discusses the structural problems with the Cowen Institute’s recent poll New Orleans public schools are better than before Hurricane Katrina, parents say in survey (Times Picayune 12-13-11). Also Karran will report on the community opposition to the Recovery School District announced assignments of charter operators of several high schools.

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Walter Goodwin, retired New Orleans Public School principal discusses the recent news from the legal team representing the teachers and other fired employees after Hurricane Katrina that the Orleans Parish School Board had business interruption insurance. According to the legal team this insurance could have been very well used to give school board employes temporary financial relief, however this insurance information has never been mentioned in the media or the recent trial.

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Lee Barrios, retired teacher and Save our Schools State Coordinator, talks about the movement to privatize public education in Louisiana and the damage it will have on our public education system.

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Karran Harper-Royal discusses the issues with the privatization of public education and the problems parents and children are facing in the market model of public education.

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BESE Board member Louella Givens discusses the recent election and the challenges we are faceing in providing all children a quality education in Louisiana.

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Educational researcher Dr. James Taylor joins guest host Karran Harper -Royal to discuss the upcoming BESE election and the outside interests.

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Educational activists Karran Harper-Royal discuss the fake community engagement of the RSD along with them not allowing children to transfer to out of failing schools.

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Rev. Dr. Torin Sanders and journalist Lovell Beaulieu discuss the thousands of dollars being donated by sources outside Louisiana to pro-privatization candidates in the BESE Board elections.

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Educational researcher Mike Deshotels discusses how state education officials mislead the public on the academic performance of the Recovery School District.

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Rev. Willie Calhoun of The Lower 9th Ward School Development Group and Joyce Haynes, President of the Louisiana Educator Association discuss the importance of the upcoming election of the BESE Board on Saturday October 22, 2011. Given the drastic changes in public education promoted by self proclaimed education experts this election will play a pivotal role in shaping public education in Louisiana.

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October 22, 2011 is election day for several statewide and local offices. On the ballot that day the citizens of New Orleans will be asked to chose representatives for the BESE Board. This is a very important decision in that the BESE Board oversees K-12 public education in Louisiana. As you well know the BESE is presently in charge of most of the public schools in New Orleans. New Orleans has two elected position on the BESE Board,this show will feature candidates for District 2, incumbent Louella Givens and Pam Matus. Please join us to hear their vision for public education in Louisiana.

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October 22, 2011 is election day for several statewide and local offices. On the ballot that day the citizens of New Orleans will be asked to choose representatives for the BESE Board. This is a very important decision in that the BESE Board oversees K-12 public education in Louisiana. As you well know the BESE is presently in charge off most of the public schools in New Orleans. New Orleans has two elected position on the BESE Board. This show featured Lee Barrios, the lone candidates who agreed to sharing their vision with listening audience for public education in Louisiana (it should be noted that all three candidates were invited).

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Educational researcher Michael Deshotels discusses efforts to take control of the BESE Board in the upcoming elections by a PAC comprised of Governor Jindal supporters. Mr. Deshotels also gives his analysis of the recent Louisiana legislative Audit report on the RSD. Additionally Karran Harper-Royal shares with us highlights from the recent article in Bloomberg Business week on how charter schools who received millions of dollars from Oprah Winfrey and other foundations discriminate against special needs children.

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The education reforms post Hurricane Katrina were supposed to improve the education environment of all students with “no child being stuck in a failing school”. This is also mandated in the federal policy of No Child Left Behind. Educational activists Karran Harper-Royal discusses how the Recovery School District keeps of thousands of students in failing schools while denying them the opportunity to attend academically successful schools.

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Don Whittinghill from the Louisiana School Board Association critiques the education reforms and discusses the recent issues that came before the BESE Board

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Dr. Barbara Ferguson and Charles Hatfield from Research on Reforms discusses critical issues around the inadequate reporting of test data and lack of monitoring of the testing program by the Louisiana Department of Education. Also BESE Board member Louella Givens gives an update of the August 17, 2011 BESE meeting.

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Journalist Mikhail Zinshteyn of American Independent magazine discusses his recent article, Louisiana skipped key standardized testing analysis in 2009-2010, cites budget woes. The article focuses on how the Louisiana State Department of Education did not conduct an erasure analysis of the state’s standardized test scores for the 2009-2010 academic year due to budget cuts (the article can be found in Research section on this website) . The erasure analysis is a key tool in monitoring cheating on standardized test, this tool has been instrumental recently in uncovering cheating scandals in several states. BESE Board member Louella Givens also gives updates on the upcoming BESE Board meeting this week

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On last Wednesday the BESE Board revoked the charter of Abramson Charter School. Louella Givens, BESE Board member and Karran Harper-Royal discuss the board’s decision and the stunning charges against Abramson Charter School.

The August 1, 2011 program was a rebroadcast of the July 18, 2011 show which focused on the allegations against Abramson Charter School. This show can be heard by going to the Archive page and listening to the July 18, 2011 rebroadcast.

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The discussion continued on the daily developments around the investigation of Abramson Charter School. BESE board member Louella Givens will update us on revealing allegations by state auditors. The discussion also focused on the lack of accountability in by the Louisiana Department of Education of charter schools and non–responsive leadership of the BESE Board in regards to concerns of the citizens of New Orleans.

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Rev. Willie Calhoun and Karran Harper Royal discuss the alarming allegations at Abramson Charter School and the BESE board’s decision to close the school. The events around the decision to close the school raise serious questions about the lack of oversight and monitoring of charter schools by the Louisiana Department of Education as required to do by state law. THIS SHOW ALSO REBROADCAST ON AUGUST 1, 2011.

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Secretary of Education Arnie Duncan joins us for a candid discussion on the importance of improving the educational environment of the students with the greatest needs. Sec. Duncan’s interview will be commented on by BESE Board member Louella Givens who will compared his views with the education reforms in Louisiana.

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Former New Orleans Public School educator Johnny Bridges discusses the trauma of losing employment as a result of ACT 35 and Walter Goodwin gives a summary of the trial of the fired New Orleans Public School employees law suit vs the Louisiana State Department of Education and the Orleans Parish School Board which ended last week.

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Tune in as we continue coverage of the ongoing class action lawsuit filed by the fired New Orleans Public School Employees being heard in Judge Ethel Julien court at the Civil Courthouse. Archivist Brenda Square gives her impression of the trail and the importance of local control and our history.

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Gwen Adams and Billie V. Dolce will give highlights and updates on the class action law suit filed by the fired the New Orleans School district employees going on in the Civil District Court in New Orleans, the case is being heard by Judge Ethel S. Julien. To date this court case has revealed shocking information not only for the dismissed teachers and staff but also violation of policy and disregard for the law, conflicting testimony of public officials and million of dollars in questionable payments to contractors.

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Karran Harper-Royal discusses the education bills in the current legislative session and updates us on the class-action suit against the Louisiana State Department of Education for not serving special needs students.

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BESE board member Louella Givens discusses the recent resignation of State Superintendent Paul Pastorek and the issues related to public education in Louisiana.

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Listen as community activists discuss the WWL TV investigative story on the questionable RSD transportation contracts.

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On the May 2, 2011 broadcast, Donald Songy of the newly formed Coalition for Louisiana Public Education discusses the organizations mission and goals. The new state-wide coalition membership include major education stake-holders who have united in working toward the goal that “Louisiana will be a national leader in traditional public education.” The Coalition includes leaders of the: Louisiana School Boards Association (LSBA); Louisiana Association of School Superintendents (LASS): Louisiana Association of School Executives (LASE): Louisiana Association of Educators (LAE); Louisiana Federation of Teachers (LFT); Louisiana Retired Teachers Association, (LRTA); the Louisiana Chief Technology Officers Association; the Louisiana Association of Computer Using Educators (LaCUE); Research on Reforms, Inc. and Louisiana Educator.

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Educational researcher Dr. Gary Miron from Western Michigan University discusses his recently released study on KIPP Schools entitled What Makes Kipp Work? A Study of Student Characteristics, Attrition, and School Finance.
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The April 11, 2011 show featuring Diane Ravitch’s presentation “The Sad State of Education Reform Today” can be heard on the video located on the Home page

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Dr. Ron Mason, President of Southern University System, discusses his plan to re-tool Southern University at New Orleans. This plan is not only in response to Governor Jindal’s merger plan of SUNO/UNO but also a effort to address the Prison Pipeline that is devastating Black males in our city.
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BESE Board member Louella Givens updates us on the Recovery School District BESE sub-committee meeting held last week. Her topics include the search for the a Superintendent to replace Paul Vallas and the announcement that charter schools in New Orleans can have neighborhood attendance zones

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Karran Haprer- Royal discusses the article in the Times Picayune (3-18-11) about a CREDO study that stated that charter schools are outperforming the traditional schools in New Orleans.
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Sam Abrams, Visiting Professor at Teachers College Columbia University, talks about the public education systems in Finland and the U.S. Finland’s public education system is highest rated school system in the world on recent international assessments.
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Noted researcher Charles Hatfield tells us the the truth about the academic status of public schools in New Orleans five years after Hurricane Katrina.
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Educational researcher Michael Deshotels compares high poverty RSD schools in New Orleans to high poverty schools across Louisiana who are not in the RSD. His analysis of their LEAP scores from 2010 indicates that the high poverty
schools not in the RSD out performed the high poverty RSD schools which has been labeled the Turnaround Zone. Click below.
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Febraury 21, 2011 – The topic for this morning show is Community Engagement, listen as Karran Harper-Royal talks about the importance of community engagement and talks about the newly formed national organization Parents Across America.

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