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madfloridian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-22-12 10:48 PM
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Judge says "Louisiana Illegally Fired 7,500 Teachers" after Katrina.
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From the New York Times:

Louisiana Illegally Fired 7,500 Teachers, Judge Says

A judge confirmed that here on Wednesday, ruling that the Orleans Parish School Board and the Louisiana Department of Education, in laying the groundwork for a school reform movement that has become nationally recognized, illegally fired 7,500 school employees.

The decision by Ethel S. Julien, a civil District Court judge, backed by 45 pages of reasoning and historical narrative, reinforced a long-held counternarrative of the beginnings of that movement.

The judge pointed out that the state education superintendent asked for billions of dollars from the federal government in 2005 and that a significant portion would be used to pay out-of-work employees.

But in the following months, the state-run Recovery School District won control of nearly all New Orleans schools from the local school board, as well as most of the boards operating budget. The requested federal funds were directed to the recovery district.

In December 2005, the local school board, with few schools and little money in its control, passed a resolution firing 7,500 school employees, who at that time had been on disaster leave without pay, an employment status that Judge Julien found in her decision to be fictional. She concluded that the state was liable for rendering the local board unable to fulfill its contractual obligations to its workers.

If you haven't yet made the connection to the reformers failures in New Orleans and to Arne Duncan's policies...remember these words he spoke.

Hurricane Katrina was the best thing to happen to New Orleans schools.

ABC News' Mary Bruce Reports: Education Secretary Arne Duncan said today that Hurricane Katrina was "the best thing that happened to the education system in New Orleans" because it gave the city a chance to rebuild and improve its failing public schools.

In an interview to air this weekend on "Washington Watch with Roland Martin" Duncan said "that education system was a disaster. And it took Hurricane Katrina to wake up the community to say that we have to do better.

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