Prime examples of how you can play with numbers and claim success, and why Reformers remove historical data and refuse to release raw data to anyone except researchers and media who promise to only write nice things about them.
If I was as proud of my achievements, as these Reformers claim to be, I would be releasing my data to everyone for the world to see. It would silence all my critics overnight. Instead we are given unverifiable percentages and a slogan “Louisiana Believes”.
I don’t want to “believe”, I want to know. Show us the data, or show yourself the door.
It is very important to those promoting corporate reform in The Big Easy to show just how wonderful, how miraculous, how “rebirthful,” state takeover of New Orleans schools has been. Hurricane Katrina hit almost eight years ago (August 29, 2005); in the storm’s aftermath (and already itching to get their hands on New Orleans’ schools), the Louisiana legislature passed Act 35, which declared any Louisiana school having a school performance score (SPS) below the latest state average of 87.4 as now a part of the state-run Recovery School District (RSD). Most of those unfortunate takeover schools were in New Orleans.
In 2006, the state of Louisiana assumed control of 94 schools formerly belonging to the Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB).
What is often overlooked in current discussions of RSD “success” is the fact that in 2005, the state seized control of schools with SPSs less than the then-current state average of…
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