Mercedes Schneider to Georgia Legislators: Don’t Believe the Hype about New Orleans!


As I wrote in the previous post, the Georgia governor’s plan to take over “low performing” schools and use them to install a New Orlean’s charter school recovery district in Georgia. Dr. Mercedes Schneider has some advice for the governor.

Diane Ravitch's blog

Mercedes Schneider, Louisiana high school teacher with a Ph.D. in research methods and statistics, has a dogged dedication to setting the record straight. She knows that New Orleans is not a miracle district. She has pointed this out time after time, yet the media continue to spout the same claims from the advocates of privatization: wipe out public education, fire all the teachers, welcome privately managed charters, staff the schools with Teach for America, and–Voila!–everyone succeeds, no child left behind, an excellent education for all children! The actions are true: the public schools were closed, the teachers were fired, the charters sprouted in every part of New Orleans. But the results didn’t happen. New Orleans is today one of the lowest performing districts in the state. We leave it to students of mass psychology and the media to explain why the national media falls for the narrative repeatedly. Maybe…

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