If there was ever an excuse for angry mobs in the street, the condition of most of the New Orleans public school system should be it. After coastal erosion, the deplorable quality of education in New Orleans is the greatest threat to the long-term viability of the city. Virtually every problem facing New Orleans can be traced to the breakdown in the education of the majority of its residents. While the death spiral of the schools is not a new story, we’ll be looking at some new approaches being taken to address underfunded and mismanaged school districts around the country. Some of these are just crazy enough they might work.
Efforts to charter the schools in New Orleans are underway. Is this the salvation of the school system or a move to kill it? Let us hear your thoughts.