The landscape of public education has changed drastically in the 8 years since the State Department of Education took over the vast majority of the public schools in New Orleans. How those schools are doing seems to be a matter of perspective. However, based on the State’s own data, 100% of the direct run Recovery School District schools under the jurisdiction of the Louisiana Department of Education are rated F. Of the charter schools that fall under the Recovery School District, 79% of those with letter grades are rated D or F. These facts indicate that the Louisiana Department of Education has produced a similar or worse result than the previous elected school board. However, we know that there is so much more that needs to be looked at in addition to scores. Listen to the voices of two parents who used the public school system before the state takeover and after the state take over. Parents Ashana Bigard and Nikkisha Napoleon are my guests on WBOK radio show Eyewitness to History.
Public Education in Post Katrina New Orleans Through the Eyes of Parents Thursday, Sep 12 2013