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Here is our proposed panel description for Netroots Nation 2018
HURRICANE LESSONS: WHAT WE’VE LEARNED FROM POST-KATRINA DISASTER CAPITALISM IN NOLA SCHOOLS
Following Hurricane Katrina, the state of Louisiana took over 120 public schools in New Orleans in the name of “recovery.” A state-appointed board fired 7,500 unionized school employees (many of them black), and handed over most schools to charter school management companies. Under privately-operated rule, schools open and close frequently, routinely weed out more “difficult” students, and push kids out by inflicting harsh discipline. Locals have little to no say in school governance and practices. Some are optimistic that the Orleans Parish School Board will regain control of 52 state-run charter schools by summer 2018. But a return to local control is not a guarantee that families will get the accountability and transparency they seek.
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