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White New Orleans Has Recovered from Hurricane Katrina. Black New Orleans Has Not


White New Orleans Has Recovered from Hurricane Katrina. Black New Orleans Has Not.

Gary Rivlin


That’s how many fewer African-Americans are living in New Orleans now than prior to Hurricane Katrina, which made landfall 11 years ago today. Nearly 1 in 3 black residents have not returned to the city after the storm.


Another example of the Shock Doctrine in action...never let a crisis go unexploited.

Hurricane Katrina was the perfect opportunity to assist the exodus of the poor while enhancing the fortunes of the wealthy..


That part of Tom1's post is correct. Then: What is the performance of the school district? I have heard that the RSD has better grades and graduations than the old New Orleans public schools had.


I won't dispute the value of having studies and articles such as what you Tom1 cite,

Also have a look at this study from Tulane University, starting at p23.

A pity that RSD's direct run high schools are doing poorly. [Hard to find a statement whether they are doing better than public high schools before Katrina...]
-- But it is interesting to note that charter high schools are producing better results than the direct run high schools.


Typical of many to present a binary choice, must be one or the other. There are more choices than two. (Check how many people on Common Dreams are advocating for a vote for Jill Stein, instead of for Hillary or Donald.)

Among other choices you can advocate for public education, with complete indifference to whether it is quality. Many people do that. You might be one of them.
Or you can advocate for an alternative to public education that really teaches, and doesn't loot the public treasury. Where parents have a choice, many of them line up to get their children into the alternative, not into public schools. Why is that?

For some more information, see
Named after Mahatma Gandhi's phrase for the schools of pre-colonial India, The Beautiful Tree recounts Tooley's journey from the largest shanty town in Africa to the hinterlands of Gansu, China. It introduces readers to the families and teachers who taught him that the poor are not waiting for educational handouts. They are building their own schools and educating themselves.

"Tooley (Reclaiming Education) documents his surprising finding that private schools are providing quality education to millions of poor children in the developing world. Whereas development experts insist that the path out of poverty lies in investment in public schools, the author draws on his fieldwork in India, China and Africa to argue that small entrepreneurs are educating the poor. In one region of India, 80% of urban children and 30% of rural children attend private schools; in China's Gansu province 586 private schools are located in small villages, even though the state prides itself on its public system. Contrary to accepted wisdom, the modest fees of private schools are within reach of most, and parents find them superior to public schools that are often riddled with corruption and incompetence. Tooley argues that development funds be invested to support these institutions, through vouchers to parents and microfinance loans to the schools. The author's engaging style transforms what could have been a dry if startling research report into a moving account of how poor parents struggle against great odds to provide a rich educational experience to their children. (Apr.)"


RSD is a state created special school district for failing schools. Not all charter, not even any particular mission in regard to charters, although they will lease schools to charters.


Why do we ignore the question of whether there should be full recovery? Why is it good to put people back in harms way? Treat the question fully, not half-ass as this article does.