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New Orleans Corporate Education Reforms 101- Part I

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:


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New Orleans School Justice Hotline

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June 12, 2013 · 12:50 am

The New Orleans Imperative Next Show – November 23, 2015

Due to the Thanksgiving Holidays live programming will resume on Monday November 30th. This morning we will rebroadcast a previous show where Michael Deshotels discussed efforts by the Louisiana Department to hide and suppressed student achievement from the public. Researcher Deshotels also shared with us the real results of the corporate educational reforms implemented by state education officials.


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The New Orleans Imperative Rebroadcast – Monday, November 16, 2015

The candidates from Orleans Parish School Board District 1 race Keith Barney and John Brown joined us this morning. This election is this Saturday November 21, 2015.


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Untold Truths about the Corporate Education Reforms

New Orleans Public School Employees Will Request a Congressional Hearing on the $750 Million Federal Fund to Restart Schools after Hurricane Katrina

We suggest that an oversight or investigative Congressional hearing is warranted to review the use of $750 million in federal funds to “Restart School Operations” after Hurricane Katrina. Obtaining information from witnesses will be beneficial to various Congressional committees regarding the intended and actual use of federal funds after a natural disaster.

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………

School Choice New Orleans style……

The Louisiana Legislature needs to follow the money……

Dropout data by the Louisiana Department of education unmasked

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.

The hypocrisy of charter schools in Louisiana

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

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

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.

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

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

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

More on Jindal and White giving away your tax dollars

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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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