New Orleans will soon be the first urban district in the nation that is all-charter, the first district where public education has been completely extinguished.
Because so much money has been invested in the privatization of the schools in New Orleans, there is a media machine that cranks out favorable stories about it. The state board of education, the state department of education, and the Governor are determined to prove that privatization was successful.
But there is another side to the story. Read it here. Read about a district that has low rankings on state measures, a district that has depended on fluctuating state standards, a district that depends on Teach for America, where charter leaders are paid handsomely.
Raynard Sanders, a professional educator and critic of the Recovery School District, says that New Orleans is a great case study:
“It’s a system where many of the schools take…