Video: The New Orleans school voucher program

August 19, 2010

Following up on this report, Reason.TV takes another look at the sweeping reforms of the New Orleans school system after Hurricane Katrina, changes that saw the enrollment at Charter and other private schools climb to 70% of the city’s students. In this case, the documentary focuses on one private academy and the satisfaction of teachers, parents, and students with their new arrangements:

Granted, this is only one case and it’s meant to showcase the benefits of a voucher system, but, given the empirical success as measured in test scores and the parents’ reports of how much their children look forward to going to school, isn’t something like this worth trying in other poorly performing districts, such as LA Unified?

Okay, so there’d be a few roadblocks

RELATED: Billions for teacher unions, nothing for students.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


Choice works: the rebirth of New Orleans schools

July 8, 2010

From Reason.TV, here’s a short documentary about how educators in New Orleans used the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina to rebuild New Orleans’ school system, once one of the worst in the nation, along free-market lines founded in parental choice:

The results have been very encouraging. As Nick Gillespie explains at Big Government:

Today, New Orleans has the most market-based school system in the US. 60% of New Orleans students currently attend charter schools, test scores are up, and talented and passionate educators from around the country are flocking to New Orleans to be a part of the education revolution. It’s too early to tell if the New Orleans experiment in school choice will succeed over the long term, but for the first time in decades people are optimistic about the future of New Orleans schools.

And yet this is the very kind of program President Obama wants to deny the poor children of Washington, DC.

LINKS: More from Hot Air.


And the Left says Tea-Partiers are dangerous?

April 13, 2010

A Republican activist and her boyfriend were savagely beaten in New Orleans, purportedly for wearing Sarah Palin pins.

We’ll see if the major media covers this. Waiting

*crickets*

RELATED: It wouldn’t be the first time something like this has happened.

UPDATE: Michelle Malkin posts a caution and reports that Palin pins weren’t present, per the Louisiana governor’s office. The governor himself, for whom the female victim works, says there is no evidence yet that Left-wing protesters were involved.