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New Orleans Corporate Education Reforms 101- Part I

WHAT THEY WON’T TELL YOU ABOUT THE EDUCATION REFORMS IN NEW ORLEANS?
Thanks to a supportive national media and others in positions of power, the narrative of the corporate education reforms in New Orleans immediately hit print media, television and Internet claiming unprecedented academic success predicated on school choice. Of course these media outlets were repeating the story told by state education officials and charter school proponents labeling the reforms in New Orleans as a “miracle”. With that, cities and states across the country are now looking at the reforms in New Orleans as guides to improve their failing public schools.

With enormous financial backing, corporate school reform is spreading across the country like wild fire. It comes to communities like a sheep in wolf’s clothing. Read More:

http://empathyeducates.org/new-orleans-corporate-education-reform-101/

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June 12, 2013 · 12:50 am

The New Orleans Imperative Next Show – Monday July 13 – August 31, 2015

Reflective Conversations

As we approach the ten-year memorial of Hurricane Katrina it is important that we reflect on the changes including what has and what should have happened. The public education landscape has arguably gone through the more changes then any other public service in New Orleans. While supporters of these change praised it as ”national model for improving urban school districts” opponents have label it as an academic failure resurrecting equity and access issues.

To commemorate this ten-year memorial The New Orleans Imperative will air an eight part series entitled Reflective Conversations that will feature an array of community members who will reflect on the changes of the public education landscape since Hurricane Katrina. This series will air from Monday July 13th – Monday August 31st,

Below is the schedule for these most important conversations:

July 13th – Publisher Beverly Mckenna and Editor Anitra Brown of The New Orleans Tribune.

July 20th – Dr. Barbara Ferguson of Research of Reforms and author/researcher Dr. Mercedes Schneider.

July 27th – Parent and educational activists Ashana Bigard and Damekia Morgan.

August 3rd – Parent advocate and activists Karran Harper-Royal and Dr. Kristen Buras of Georgia State University.

August 10th – Researcher Elizabeth Jeffers and Rev. Willie Calhoun Jr. of the Lower 9th Ward School Group.

August 17th – Community Activists Jacques Morial and Atty. Ernest Jones.

August 24th – Louisiana State Representatives Wesley Bishop and Dr. Joseph Bouie.

August 31st – Former Orleans Parish School Board President Rev. Dr. Torin Sanders and former Orleans Parish School Superintendent Darryl Kilbert.

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The New Orleans Imperative Rebroadcast – Monday, July 27, 2015

As we approach the ten-year memorial of Hurricane Katrina it is important that we reflect on the changes including what has and what should have happened. The public education landscape has arguably gone through the more changes then any other public service in New Orleans. To commemorate this ten-year memorial The New Orleans Imperative will air an eight part series entitled Reflective Conversations that will feature an array of community members who will reflect on the changes of the public education landscape since Hurricane Katrina. This series will air from Monday July 13th – Monday August 31st,

Today’s show featured parent and educational activists Ashana Bigard.

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Untold Truths about the Corporate Education Reforms

COMMON CORE STANDARDS: ANOTHER $CHEME THAT FAILS CHILDREN IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Common Core is another idea manufactured by a powerful group of wealthy individuals in this country whose mission is making public education a profitable private enterprise while controlling which students go to which schools………

http://www.theneworleanstribune.com/main/common-core-standards-another-cheme-that-fails-children-in-public-schools/

School Choice New Orleans style……

http://saveourschoolsnz.com/2014/07/14/charter-schools-competition-and-choice-new-orleans-style/

The Louisiana Legislature needs to follow the money……

https://deutsch29.wordpress.com/2014/08/10/rsd-school-construction-overspending-and-substandard-concrete-time-for-jindal-admin-to-expand-its-audit/

Dropout data by the Louisiana Department of education unmasked

http://www.nola.com/education/index.ssf/2014/10/school_transfer_data_raises_qu.html#incart_river

The unquestionable autonomy of the charter schools in New Orleans is jaw dropping as state officials ignore the assault they do to the public school children in New Orleans.

https://deutsch29.wordpress.com/2014/10/18/steve-barr-bails-on-mcdonough-surplus-laptops-sold-bearing-student-data/

The hypocrisy of charter schools in Louisiana

https://crazycrawfish.wordpress.com/2014/12/11/unmasking-the-charter-chicanery-in-louisiana/#comments

After more than eight years of refusing to serve special needs children in New Orleans the Louisiana Department of Education finally comply.

http://www.nola.com/education/index.ssf/2014/12/parties_ask_federal_judge_to_a.html#incart_river

Charter schools continued failure to meet the needs of special education students in New Orleans

https://deutsch29.wordpress.com/2014/12/29/leslie-jacobs-field-goals-and-the-shotgun-wedding-of-charters-to-special-needs-students/

MORE BAD NEWS FOR THE RECOVERY SCHOOL DISTRICT OF NEW ORLEANS

Charles Hatfield of Research on Reforms recently released his analysis of the 2014 LEAP results in math and english language arts. The LEAP test is Louisiana state mandated test taken by all the public schools to determine student and school district’s academic progress.

Once again the results are not promising for the Recovery School District of New Orleans. The Recovery School District of New Orleans labeled by education reformers as the national model of turning around poor performing school districts has consistently performed poorly academically since it took over control of the majority of public schools in New Orleans post Hurricane Katrina.

Hatfield concludes the following in his report:

However, despite the achievement gains reported during the past nine years by the ardent supporters of this ”reform” movement, the RSD-NO is still performing below the vast majority of the other districts at the 4th and 8th grades in each subject.

Hatfield report can be read here:
http://www.researchonreforms.org/html/documents/Comparisonof2014LEAPResultsforRSD-NOtoOtherLouisianaPublicSchoolDistricts-Rev.pdf

One really has to wonder when the nation is going to realize that the privatization of schools in New Orleans has been a failure academically in addition to creating equity and access challenges for the mostly poor and minority population of New Orleans.

More importantly the education reforms in New Orleans is prove for the nation that the market model approach to improving public education touted by education reformers for years can’t work.

http://cloakinginequity.com/2014/03/24/colonizing-the-black-natives-reflections-from-a-former-nola-charter-school-dean-of-students/

A foremr Dean of Students at a charter school in New Orleans describes how the charter school he worked in as Colonizing Black Natives

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2013/12/12/secret-policymaking-on-school-reform-is-on-the-rise/

It is very clear that the Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) is determined to mislead the public on the lack of academic progress of the corporate reforms they have created (charter and voucher schools). This article from the Washington Post reveals how the LDOE violated the law to continue its failed educational practices. Corrupt government at its worst.

http://louisianaeducator.blogspot.com/2013/12/state-takeover-schools-produce-low-act.html

More evidence of the charter school/voucher shell game with the lowest state scores on the ACT coming for the state run schools in New Orleans.

http://www.nola.com/education/index.ssf/2013/12/high-profile_school_voucher_pr.html

More on Jindal and White giving away your tax dollars

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2013/12/12/secret-policymaking-on-school-reform-is-on-the-rise/?print=1

Once again Louisiana leading the pack in keeping the public out of public education.

http://louisianavoice.com/2013/12/15/doe-vehicles-for-personal-use-after-vallas-fiasco-never-now-they-just-lease-em-year-round-for-7-doe-employees/

When will the Louisiana Department of Education be held accountable for following their own policy?

http://www.publicschoolshakedown.org/100-KIPP-5th-graders-sat-on-the-floor-for-a-week

More on the No Excuse Schools (KIPP) that have more than questionable discipline practices……unbelievable.

http://www.louisianaweekly.com/inplementation-of-i3-education-grants-being-questioned/

Education journalist Kari Harden recent article in the Louisiana Weekly which describes the unethical if not illegal use of a $800,000 federal grant awarded to John McDonogh Charter High School from New Schools for New Orleans. Ms. Harden’s article revealed that most of these funds awarded to John McDonogh Charter High School was used for unusually high salaries to members of the school’s charter management company and the school’s principal while the school struggled to survive financially.

Buras- Response to NSNO Report

Last year Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu, co-chair of the Senate Public Charter School Caucus in Washington, DC, hosted a forum for education policymakers. The forum featured the New Schools for New Orleans report New Orleans-Style Education Reform: A Guide for Cities. This report was be hailed as a “national” model for turning around urban school districts.

Attached is a response to this report from the Urban South Grassroots Research Collective which includes education scholars and those affiliated with longstanding educational and cultural organizations in New Orleans.

The response essay points out the fundamental flaws in the New Schools for New Orleans report and reveals many of failures and challenges facing poor and minority students.

Broader Bolder Approach-Rhetoric Trumps Reality

Broader Bolder Approach to Education Study reports on the impacts of test-based teacher evaluations, school closures, and increased charter school access on student outcomes in New York, Chicago and Washington D.C.
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NOPS Success Feb. 2013

There has been an extraordinary amount of  media coverage of the unfound success of the education reforms (charter schools) in New Orleans. The corporate reforms PR machine has also been successful at ignoring the traditional schools under the control of the locally elected school board.   After Hurricane Katrina and the state takeover of more than 100 schools,  Orleans Parish School Board was left with it best performing schools (many of which had admission requirements).  These schools reopened as charters and traditional run schools. The traditional run schools with admission requirements lowered standards accepted all students. Ignored and unnoticed these traditional schools has emerged as one of the most highly rated school district in the state.

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John Merrow’s new film, REBIRTH-New Orleans, Ignores the Facts!

At his New Orleans event, John Merrow admitted that he knew that New Orleans charter schools can have selective admission requirements, but chose not to reveal this in his film, “REBIRTH- New Orleans.i” The film cites the accomplishments of the New Orleans charter school movement, while neglecting to disclose that several New Orleans charter schools have selective admission and retention requirements, allowing the schools to educate only students who are not at-risk.
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Research on Reforms, Dr. Barbara Ferguson

John Merrow Article

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Lipstick on a Pig

The hypocrisy – a snapshot in the well financed public relations spin touting the dramatic turnaround of public schools in Louisiana.

Lipstick On A Pig

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