The governor of Louisiana wants to take over the New Orleans schools. “State takeover of schools is not a new idea in Louisiana,” reports Education Week. “Since last year, the state has already stripped the New Orleans district of control of five schools, which were then turned over to outside organizations to be run as charter schools. But the governor’s plan would make it far easier to take such action by lowering the academic threshold for takeover.” Charter schools are a <a href=”http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2005/11/01/10orleans_web.h25.html“>big part of the governor’s plan. School board members are listening and cooperating.
“While members of the School Board have chafed in the past at state efforts to interfere with their system, board President Torin Sanders did not sound a hostile note when asked about Blanco’s proposal,” reports the Times Picayune. “Instead, Sanders said that the governor should recognize that charters have also failed in the past and said the state should look at other methods of running schools.”
Charters or no, what do you do when the homes of 40 of your school districts’ teachers have been flattened?