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.
New Orleans Imperative April 22, 2013
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.
New Orleans Imperative April 15, 2013
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lee Barrios former BESE Board candidate and Ashana Bigard educational activist discusses Tuesday’s Orleans Parish School Board elections.
Dr. Lance Hill, education activist, discusses the real issues in the election of candidates for the upcoming Orleans Parish School Board election.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Rev. Dr. Torin Sanders discussed the upcoming Orleans Parish School Board elections this fall along with other important topics about public education in Louisiana.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.