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How to hurt a public school system?

By jdclyde ·
Let Democrats run it. Remember, this is a STATE that has been Democrat run for generations, and a CITY that has been Democrat run for generations. Who else but the Teachers union and Democrats in charge of the State would and should be held accountable?

After Katrina, a lot of focus has been on that part of the country. The dreaded teachers union is sueing the city of New Orleans to FORCE them to open more schools, even if they aren't ready.

How was the school system running BEFORE the disaster struck? It was a disaster of it's own making.

# Only 44 percent of fourth-graders were proficient in reading and 26 percent were proficient in math during the 2004-05 school year. Among eighth-graders, only 26 percent were proficient in reading, 15 percent in math.

# Three out of every four schools were declared "academically unacceptable" by the state in the 2003-04 school year.

# Deficits and allegations of corruption prompted the state to bring in the same New York turnaround firm hired to rescue schools in St. Louis.

After reviewing the books in New Orleans, the takeover experts declared that New Orleans' situation was worse than the notoriously mismanaged school system in St. Louis."

"According to Louisiana officials New Orleans served 56,000 students before Katrina while today it's handling nearly 10,000 students with a capacity for 2,000 more.

That's not enough to satisfy the union whose leaders argue that by returning soon to a larger school district, ready or not, the city will be able to lure more citizens with a sense of normalcy, ignoring what constituted normalcy before Katrina when the city's schools were among the nation's worst."

yeah, that sounds like the teachers union we have all grown to loath.

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