Now reformers want to "give back" New Orleans charters. 'Can't avoid democracy forever'.
“You can’t avoid democracy forever, nor should you.” -- Neerav Kingsland, who worked for New Schools for New OrleansIn a move designed to, "close the wounds left by the state takeover" without threatening the power of private charter school management boards, the state of Louisiana is "giving back" the 52 charters schools it took from the New Orleans public school system in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
According to the Washington Post:
In the decade since Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans and swept away its public school system, the city has become a closely watched experiment in whether untethering schools from local politics could fix the problems that have long ailed urban education.Before we go any further, let's be clear about one thing. It wasn't Katrina that "swept away" the N.O. public school system. It was a gaggle of opportunistic profiteers and union-busters who made the hurricane their rationale for firing every public school teacher in the Big Easy and for breaking their union. What they did in N.O., Detroit and other cities was no natural disaster. It was man-made.
The district's charter operators are still fighting off attempts by their teachers to unionize.
As for the so-called "give-back", Karran Harper Royal, an advocate for special-education Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Now reformers want to "give back" New Orleans charters. 'Can't avoid democracy forever'.: