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General News    H4'ed 7/25/18

Do Not Follow New Orleans' Lead on Charter-School Education; by Mercedes Schneider

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" Continued racial inequity, low school grades for almost half of the charter replacements for once-community schools, abounding fiscal corruption, and community exploitation are all components of the true narrative that is almost-all-charter New Orleans schools 13 years post-Katrina. "Anyone omitting these sad and frustrating realities is either ill-informed or allied to promoting a flashy, market-based-ed-reform agenda likely from headquarters hundreds of miles away from those Katrina-swept streets.”   So says  former Ass't Education Sec'yDiane Ravitch . " about Emily Langhorne of the 'Progressive Policy Institute' (a charter school champion) Langhorn wrote the oped at WAPO which Schneider  discusses  on her must-read blog.  "Be careful not to develop a reputation as a propagandist. The money is good, but think about your reputation," Ravitch adds.

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