Wanted: New Orleans Schools - No More RSD





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Uploaded on Oct 20, 2010


The conversation all around the country is about school reform. Well, school reform is becoming a chic conversation just like the war against drugs. The difference is that Education has a clear body of research that details grade level standards, best practices and models. There are people who are paid to learn from great practices and there are people who are paid to come up with false statistics to prove what they are doing is or is not working.

The Recovery School District has failed to employ/acknowledge/implement any of these practices in low performing schools. Our children are being suspended and expelled out of these programs of school failure and thrown into the streets to continue into a world that continues to dismiss them as significant and contributing.

Let me not speak too soon that you think I'm a fan of Orleans Parish School Board. I have not been here long enough to have first hand knowledge I only have the stats. They were dismal. That is why we have to as a community get a better handle of educating all of our schools.

See what some did not and do not understand is your situation could be great this week, what if the principal changes or your situation changes or your kids situation changes. You have to figure out if the next school that fits in your lifestyle is going to be good. If you don't fight for all schools to be great then you bare the risk of your next school having issues. We must not be divided on the issue of local governance or control. If you only fight for your charter school with your kid in it - what happens when the honey moon is over. Who you going to call on? Who are you going to vote out?

OPSB was not good and who knows if it will be better. At the very least if you really care you can vote it out. RSD has not provided any direction of being an academic leader. In the plan the runners of the system offer it just talks about performance and closing. No discussion of a real academic improvement plan, best practice usage. If schools don't improve they close the plan says. Well, how is it one school improves and the other does not and the recommendation is closure.

Stop all of the madness. Educate all kids now.

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