Hope for the next black teachers of New Orleans

Spend five minutes asking people in New Orleans about the public schools and someone will reference the firing of 7,000 veteran black teachers immediately after Hurricane Katrina. It’s more than a sore spot. It’s an open wound and every touch on it is like salt and vinegar. I’ve heard the story told by people young and old. …

But seriously folks, leadership

If you missed it, let me catch you up. Two days ago Dr. Andre Perry wrote a piece in Hechinger arguing in support of a bill that would place successful schools in New Orleans under the governance of the dysfunctional Orleans Parish School Board. I countered with a piece pointing out the OPSB’s long record …

Bumps and bruises for education in New Orleans

Two headlines coming out of New Orleans should disturb that city’s education guardians. The first headline, “Flagrant special ed violations, cover-up alleged at New Orleans charter Lagniappe,” involves a charter school that will be closing because evidence of cheating and fraud have surfaced. The second headline, “Orleans Parish School Board member Ira Thomas charged in bribery …