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Grassroots organizations are working hard for — and winning — serious victories for public school children in communities across the country. But they can't continue without gifts from people like you.
Under a beautiful October sky on the edge of the French Quarter, 700 people from around the country converged on New Orleans. Students, parents, teachers, community activists, labor organizers, policy experts, and advocates of a multitude of issues came together for a weekend of education, collaboration, and engagement.
Ten years ago, Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and displaced hundreds of thousands of its residents. Now, a new site by the Advancement Project and the group Families and Friends of Louisiana's Incarcerated Children (FFLIC), called KatrinaTruth, has shown that although the city may be rebuilt, its recovery has not been an equitable one.
A new report from The Center For Popular Democracy highlights numerous issues with the current accountability systems in place for charter schools in Louisiana that leave them vulnerable to fraud and abuse.
A new study of charter schools in New Orleans is challenging the central claim of charter school proponents that forcing schools to compete for students will increase the quality of a city's education system. In fact, the "school choice" system in New Orleans hasn't empowered students or parents.
Gina Womack, Families and Friends
of Louisiana's Incarcerated Children
In Part 2 of the ongoing series "A Perfect Storm: The Takeover of New Orleans Public Schools," filmmaker Phoebe Ferguson chronicles how the city's struggling public schools were seized by the state following Katrina and handed over to private, charter school operators. Now, in the nation's first all-charter school district, New Orleans parents and students must contend with the failures of this massive experiment in "school choice." Too many schools continue to struggle, deprived of the resources they need to give all kids the educational opportunities they deserve.
In Part 2 of the ongoing series "A Perfect Storm: The Takeover of New Orleans Public Schools," filmmaker Phoebe Ferguson chronicles how the city's struggling public schools were seized by the state following Katrina and handed over to private, charter school operators.
New Video: The Illusion of School Choice
and the Failures of Education Reform in New Orleans
It's been almost a decade since the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina, but for parents, students and teachers in New Orleans, the fallout of that devastating storm continues today.