Some hail it as the solution to our need for highly qualified teachers in every classroom. Others define it as a stopgap measure based on a model so transitory to make it dangerous at best, and racist at worst.
Throwing my hat into the ring for the ubiquitous list article, it's not hard to find 10 stories I covered from New Orleans that stuck with me in 2010 either because they went viral or because they're simply still wedged into my head.
If you've been following this five-part series on my journey post-Katrina, you're as ready to move on to another topic as I am, so I'll wrap it up quickly and move on to 10 pictures of rebirth and recovery.
The sheen of the oil slick seems endless, and that's from someone who has flown over and seen it. No BP estimates are credible right now; their worst case scenario has already been surpassed several times.
Treme seems to have come at the right moment. The city, nearly five years into a recovery many folks argued against or doubted would ever happen, has felt for much of this year as if it were almost levitating.