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Recovery School District

Ten Years Post-Katrina, the New Orleans Community Forms BENOLA

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 02.29.2016 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

On February 26, 2016, Jennifer Berkshire released this 20-minute audio interview with long-time school choice advocate, Howard Fuller. I have written ...

Louisiana Charters Are by Far the Worst According to 2011 8th-Grade NAEP Anaysis

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 09.01.2016 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

On the 2011 NAEP in both math and reading, eight-grade students in Louisiana's traditional public schools outscored their charter-school counterparts by between two and three standard deviations.

Are Schools Better In New Orleans Than They Were Before Katrina?

edweek | Arianna Prothero, Corey Mitchell and Denisa R. Superville | Posted 08.28.2015 | Politics

This piece comes to us courtesy of Education Week, where it was originally published. No other American city has experienced as much upheaval to p...

A Bad Day for the RSD "Improvement" Narrative: The History of La. Graduation Rates

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 06.17.2016 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

This intentional marketing of RSD as an "improving" product reveals the priority to promote an image rather than truth. It's all part of the sale, part of the effort to manipulate the actions of prospective RSD buyers.

Louisiana's Class of 2014 ACT Scores Are in This Post

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 04.03.2015 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

The RSD Class of 2014 was in third grade when Katrina hit. The state has been in charge of their education since then, and this is what they have to show for their test-score-driven, charter-friendly, Teach-for-America-friendly, so-called "education." Nothing remotely touching "college ready." A sham.

Release La.'s Class of 2014 ACT Scores

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 03.08.2015 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

RSD student test results can no longer be dismissed as the residue of pre-Katrina education disappointment. That RSD new car smell is gone, John White.

New Orleans Charter Operator Bails; Surplus Laptops Sold Bearing Student Data

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 12.20.2014 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

We have yet another example of the problems introduced by "charter churn": the changing of hands of equipment and the opening of fresh doors by which the security of student data might be breached.

The Truth About Those New Orleans 'Miracle' Charter AP Outcomes

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 12.09.2014 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

To the districts nationwide that are watching the New Orleans Charter Circus with wide eyes, know that any reported New Orleans charter "miracle" patently contradicts its consistently unimpressive outcomes.

On the 'Success' of a 100 Percent Charter Recovery School District

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 07.30.2014 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

The purpose of vouchers is to enable students to escape "failing" schools. Ironic how the predominately-charter Recovery School District has the greatest concentration of such "failing" schools in the entire state of Louisiana.

There Are No More Traditional Public Schools In This New Orleans District

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 05.30.2014 | Politics

This week, the New Orleans Recovery School District permanently closed its last five traditional public schools, making it the first public school dis...

2013 Louisiana School Letter Grades: Recovery School District Gains Nothing

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

On October 23, 2013, John White released the long-awaited, capriciously calculated 2013 Louisiana school performance scores (SPS) and letter grades. I...

Gert Town Overlooked As New Orleans Redevelops

Susan Buchanan | Posted 12.17.2012 | Green
Susan Buchanan

Residents of Gert Town in the Sixteenth Ward of New Orleans say they see economic development on the outskirts of, but not inside, their community.

The Other Hurricane: Still Struggling To Rebuild NOLA On 6-Year Katrina Anniversary

Michael Deibert | Posted 10.29.2011 | Impact
Michael Deibert

The struggle to rebuild New Orleans -- and the debate about what kind of New Orleans that will be -- continues six years on, as the winds and rain of a once-mighty storm grow ever more distant, but never fully disappear.

Joy Resmovits

Phasing Out State Control of Post-Katrina Schools | Joy Resmovits | Posted 08.15.2011 | Education

With 75% of New Orleans students slated to attend charter schools next year, some stakeholders say a management split between the far-away state capit...

New Orleans Schools Awarded $1.8 Billion To Repair Hurricane Katrina Damage

CNN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

The federal government will award $1.8 billion to New Orleans schools damaged by Hurricane Katrina, U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-Louisiana, said Wednesd...