Tuesday, January 31, 2023

"Many now question"

 Pretty darn late to the party, "many.

Orleans Parish replaced almost all of its traditional public schools with charter schools after Hurricane Katrina. Other school districts have since added charter schools to varying extents. Proponents at the time said charter schools, most of which are run by private companies with some local or state oversight, would provide better results than traditional public schools, but many now question those claims.

The majority of the charter schools in Louisiana are performing poorly. Of the 138 charter schools with Department of Education performance scores listed last year, 85 were rated D or F.  Plus, many of the charters with high performance scores were found to have fewer economically disadvantaged students than required by law, according to a previous audit from Waguespack’s office.

“I think what this report tells us is that charter schools haven’t been the panacea that their supporters suggest, and poverty is the strongest indicator of poor school performance,” Moller said.

Even the "many now question"  is a strange way to phrase things. The post-Katrina school privatization scheme was always an obvious play to bust up unions, and degrade the institution of public education. We've been talking and writing about this for decades. It's only the mainstream press who refuses to admit there's anything wrong until far too late in the game. And even then, it's a both-sidesing presentation. 

Anyway, the results are plain as day.   

Black students are more than five times as likely to attend a D- or F-rated public school as White students, according to a state audit released Monday morning.

About 41% of Black students attend a school at the bottom of the grading scale compared to 8% of White children, a report by Legislative Auditor Mike Waguespack says.

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