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  1. This is the same outfit sending the certified teachers to the charter schools, and anyone else to teach in the public schools. If you click on the “Teacher Recruitment” tab you get directed to, which has this statement for certified teachers:

    teachNOLA seeks the nation’s most outstanding certified teachers to make a difference by teaching in New Orleans charter schools and the Recovery School District.

    And this statement for others:

    teachNOLA seeks the nation’s most outstanding recent, mid- and post-career professionals to make a difference by teaching in a New Orleans public school. Please review this website for more information for candidates who want an alternate route to certification and contact us with any outstanding questions.

    Looks like the deck is being stacked in favor of the charter schools.

  2. Catch Thirty-Thr33 says:

    I’d rather have that than invest repeatedly in failure (traditional public schools), Mike. It is time to try some different approaches for a change.

  3. Har! It’s obviously not time to try something different because the New Orleans School District was trembling on the verge of success and if only the citizens of New Orleans will have a bit of patience, like say another dozen decades or so, the improvements are bound to show up.

    Besides, it’s the kids fault, the parent’s fault, society’s fault, the NCLB’s fault, President Bush’s fault and due to the angle of the sun and the direction of the prevailing winds, all of which can be remedied by a 200% increase in funding.

  4. I’m familiar with the wreck that was the New Orleans public school system, as I grew up in New Orleans and attended public schools there.

    The difficulties the school system was experiencing were largely due to corruption and politics, plus a troubled student population in many schools (violence, gangs, teen pregnancies). The schools were a reflection of the hidden side of New Orleans, the parts they won’t show you during Mardi Gras or Saints coverage.

    However, the truth of the matter is, the experienced certified teachers are being steered to the charters and everyone else to the public schools.

    Click on the links and follow them if you don’t believe me, Allen.

  5. Andy Freeman says:

    MiT “forgets” that public school teachers won’t get fired for poor performance while charter school teachers do. Maybe he’ll figure out why that’s relevant to his point and why it argues for a change in public schools.

    The argument will go back and forth. MiT will insist that he believes that teachers should be evaluated on their performance. However, it turns out that there’s no acceptable-to-him way to evaluate teachers if the result is that a teacher might be fired or paid less. He’ll object to that conclusion.

    It’s easy enough for him to prove me wrong – all he has to do is describe a system that he finds acceptable that has at least some relationship to performance. (He’s fond of effort or time-based schemes.)

    Why do I put this burden on him? Because he’s already rejected dozens of schemes. At some point, it’s reasonable to test whether his stated willingness to accept pay for performance is actually real.

    He’ll argue that pay for performance is unfair because teachers don’t control their inputs. I’ll point out that no one does and ask why teachers should be any different.

  6. Four months ago TeachNOLA changed its policy so that both certified and uncertified teachers could teach in all New Orleans Schools.

    Before Katrina, the Board of Education shut down about 3/4 of the schools in New Orleans, fired all those teachers and administrators, and set up the Recovery School District. That was right before the storm, so after the storm there was (and still is) a serious lack of schools. The RSD is filling those empty spaces with charter schools. Yes, they are re-hiring some staff, but charter schools are where teachers are needed the most since they’re all new and there is a serious teacher shortage. Hence the reason TeachNOLA began with placing teachers in charter schools.

    Those new charter schools are all open-application, with a lottery in some cases to determine admittance, so its not as if the smartest or wealthiest kids are getting the best teachers.

  7. the experienced certified teachers are being steered to the charters

    “Steered” is it? In the sense that a someone dying of thirst in the desert is “steered” to a cool glass of water? Is it that kind of steering? If it is then what you refer too as “steered” the rest of the world refers to as “attracted”.

    See, if they are being steered then either there’s some coercion going on, and feel free to describe and substantiate if that’s what you think, or they’re too stupid to notice the ring in their nose.

    I’m willing to give these teachers the benefit of the doubt. I think that, as adults, they’re quite capable of making an informed choice between working in a charter (“Hey, you mean there’s only one administrator? In the whole school? Cool. Where do I sign on?”) and working in a district school.

    Of course if what you say about NOSD is true then it sets a pretty low standard. You didn’t, perhaps, mean that these teachers were being steered towards charters because every time they consider working in a New Orleans district school they get nauseas?

  8. The state of Louisiana took over management of the New Orleans school district before Katrina, however it wasn’t till after the hurricane that schools were closed, school employees were terminated (with the right to re-apply) and the Recovery School District was created.

    Currently, the city school board runs five selective-admissions schools that were doing well pre-Katrina, while the Recovery District and charter operators run open-admissions schools.