REBIRTH: New Orleans, a Learning Matters documentary on the post-Katrina transformation of New Orleans’ schools, is looking for Kickstarter funding to pay for “sound mixing, color correction, animation, graphic design, line editing, and building a website for the film.”
In 2004, not even one-third of 8th graders in New Orleans could pass a state reading test. In some schools, the number was lower – just 4 percent.
Since then New Orleans public schools have been transformed. Test scores have risen steadily outpacing every other district in Louisiana. Graduation rates are up, dropout rates are down.
. . . Today the city is 80% on its way to becoming the nation’s first all-charter school district, perhaps a future model for the nation.
Here’s more on the documentary from John Merrow.