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Hannah Bell Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-31-10 12:48 AM
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Angry New Orleans Parents Not Nearly So Thankful for Katrina as Duncan
Paul Vallas, the man who taught Arne Duncan everything he doesn't know about schools, now runs the discriminatory corporate chain gang charters that have replaced public school.s in New Orleans. Parents have seen their children neglected, abused, and pushed out long enough to know that they want their schools back.

From the Times-Picayune:

"A crowd openly hostile to Recovery School District Superintendent Paul Vallas used a state board of education meeting to raise concerns about whether charter schools are leaving the most vulnerable children behind.

When Vallas stated at Monday's meeting that charters are doing "a heck of a job" educating public school students, the mostly African-American audience responded with jeers. Many speakers called for the return of neighborhood schools and expressed fears that many charters accept only students with high test scores...

Darryl Kilbert, superintendent of the Orleans Parish School Board, drew cheers when he called for all of the city's public schools to return to local control. Kilbert's reception contrasted with the audience's skepticism toward BESE members from other parts of the state.

"I urge you to hear the voice of the community. I'm saying to you, it's time to bring our schools back home," Orleans Parish School Board member Ira Thomas said, echoing Kilbert's comments."

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Dinger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-31-10 01:31 AM
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1. I DEARLY Hope I Have The Chance to tell arne to Go To Hell Face To Face
Someday . . .
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lutefisk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-31-10 01:41 AM
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2. Another unqualified, Daley spawned, privatizing "CEO" egotist in education...nt
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proud2BlibKansan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-31-10 05:19 AM
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3. Destroying neighborhood schools destroys neighborhoods
It's so basic. These parents deserve to be heard.
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LWolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-31-10 07:53 AM
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4. K & R nt
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Starry Messenger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-31-10 09:14 AM
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5. k & r
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tonysam Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-31-10 11:30 AM
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6. A letter to Substance News from a couple of years ago about Vallas
October 2, 2007

Dear Substance,

Poor, dear New Orleans. They are suffering through the aftermath of two disasters Katrina and, now, Paul Vallas. In the September 4th issue of the Christian Science Monitor (a newspaper continually lauded for excellent reporting and printing the truth - and with a world-wide readership), Paul Vallas regime has been critiqued now that he is New Orleans new school superintendent.

Having left Philadelphia under the cloud of contributing, much, to the $100 million plus deficit within the public school system (amongst other travesties), Vallas was hired as the new school superintendent for New Orleans. He promptly pink slipped all of the experienced, mature African American (New Orleans) teachers just at the time when important strides were being made of reestablish the teacher union. This was no coincidence. The dismissed teachers remain bitter concerning the way they were treated by, as perceived, a white, elitist, central administration. Remember his minions follow him from city to city to city.

This is the same administration we had to deal with when Vallas was in Chicago. Thanks to the Chicago media, a totally inexperienced (in education) the entire nation was led to believe Vallas could walk on water and could no wrong. He, seemingly, is willing to do whatever is necessary to gain total control of any school system - in order to wreck it, the careers of experienced teachers, force early retirements, and weaken or dismantle any, and all, teacher unions.

As for New Orleans Vallas brought in all young, white teachers, and established, as a vast majority, charter schools. All of this was to improve test scores, and so on, because the mature, experienced African American teachers removed by Vallas could not - because of their supposed ineptness. As always - blame the teachers.

And now? Things are not going well. Societal influences, discipline problems, and so on, are surfacing. Whereas the previous, experienced teachers familiar with these students, their families and their neighborhoods could deal with and understand these problems. The new, inexperienced, white teachers and administration (who never lived in New Orleans until hired) are unable to be effective.

The Monitor article states Vallas likes to hear of new and/or innovative ideas, but will not stand for any criticism. No surprise there. Until Mayor Daley brought Vallas in he had had absolutely no educational experience. It does not seem much has changed - nor ever will.

All I can say is thank God Vallas was not able to return to Chicago as many of us feared and as our misguided media suggested (and hoped for). Our gain is New Orleans loss. And who really loses? Why the students, of course!


Sharonjoy A. Jackson, Chicago

Substance News

Another know-nothing administrator wrecks another school district. No surprise there. He'll simply move on to another district.
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