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"Reform" makes broken New Orleans schools worse: the real story of education after Katrina;

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Berkshire  spent 10days in New Orleans,  at a research conference  re: the changes in the schools since Hurricane Katrina, and met with a number of local African-American activists who were all former enthusiasts for the charter revolution. Part of the "reform" was the wholesale firing of some 7,000 teachers, most of whom were black,- the backbone of the city's middle class.  One parent complained that the all-choice system actually disempowered parents who risked being asked to leave the charter school if they complained. The schools have more autonomy, but parents have less power.

She says the charter sector  consolidates with chains taking over most of the stand-alone charters -- with the successful charters-defined as those that produce the highest scores. What is common practice is long days, tough discipline, testing, and "no excuses." 

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I began teaching in 1963,; Ba and BS in Education -Brooklyn College. I have the equivalent of 2 additional Master's, mainly in Literacy Studies and Graphic Design. I was the only seventh grade teacher of English from 1990 -1999 at East Side (more...)

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