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Here are some reasons why schools in New Orleans should immediately return to their locally elected school board. Georgia and other states should not seek to replicate through an “Opportunity” School District.

This list is a work in progress, and we expect for this list to expand as investigations develop and surface. Please email whodatresearcher@gmail.com any articles that you would like for us to add.

What are Students & Parents in New Orleans Saying?

Adamson, F., Cook-Harvey, C. & Darling-Hammond, L. (2015). Whose choice? Student experiences and outcomes in the New Orleans school marketplace. Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education.

Collins, K. (2014). New Orleans Charter Schools Shouldn’t Treat Students Like Prisoners: The Hechinger Report.

Dreilinger, D. (2013, November 26). Shockwaves continue from Clark, Carver high school student protests. The Times Picayune. 

Parents complain about school’s disciplinary policy: Carver Senior High is like a penitentiary, parent says. (2013, September 17). WDSU.

Simmons, M. (2014, February 5). The student-led backlash against New Orleans’s charter schools. The Atlantic.

Students to RSD: We want our schools back now. (2012, October 11). The New Orleans Tribune.

Sullivan, G. (2014). My school district hires too many white teachers. The Washington Post.

Swanson, G. [Reporter]. (2012, October 5). Students protest changes in leadership, teachers at Walter L. Cohen Senior HS. WDSU News.

Financial Incompitence

Carr, S. (2010, January 13). Langston Hughes Academy CFO allegedly stole $675,000 from school. The Times Picayune. 

Dreilinger, D. (2013, June 21). Recovery School District, Inspector General end $1.2 million construction oversight contract. The Times Picayune.

Dreilinger, D. (2013, Jul 10). 13-member freshman class has $115,000 principal. The Times Picayune. 

Dreilinger, D. (2013, October 18). John McDonogh High School faces $900K budget deficit, will cut staff. The Times Picayune. 

Dreilinger, D. (2013, December 23). Auditor: RSD had $735,000 in missing property, a 50 percent decrease. The Times Picayune. 

Dreilinger, D. (2014, January 27). John McDonogh charter group audit has $1 million discrepancy with budget. The Times Picayune.

Dreilinger, D. (2014, February 10). KIPP New Orleans charter school employee embezzled $70,000, audit says. The Times Picayune.

Dreilinger, D. (2014, June 26). New Orleans school building plan $330 million in the hole. The Times Picayune.

Dreilinger, D. (2014, July 7). State report confirms financial shortfall in New Orleans school rebuilding plan. The Times Picayune.

Dreilinger, D. (2014, December 11). 2013-14 audit largely clean for Orleans Parish School Board. The Times Picayune.

Dreilinger, D. (2015, April 27). $26,000 theft at New Orleans high school remains unsolved. The Times Picayune.

Dreilinger, D. (2015, June 8). New Orleans school ex-leader double dipped in N.J., website says. The Times Picayune. 

Harden, K. (2013, August 26). Alums, activists ask why high school is left in squalor with millions earmarked for it set aside. The Louisiana Weekly.

Harden, K. (2013, October 28). Implementation of i3 education grants being questioned. The Louisiana Weekly.

Jewson, M. (2015, June 19). ReNEW CEO encouraged retesting of students so network could get grant. The Lens. 

Sanders, R. (2009). Legislative audit cites fiscal mismanagement of Recovery School District. New Orleans, LA: Center for Action Research on New Orleans School Reforms.

Sanoski, S. (2014, December 15). Audit says $7M in Recovery School District property missing. Greater Baton Rouge Business Report.

Schneider, M. (2014, August 10). RSD school construction overspending and substandard concrete: Time for Jindal admin to expand its audit [Web log post].

Vanacore, A. (2011, July 15). Abramson Charter in eastern New Orleans shut down amid TP investigation into startling misconduct. The Times Picayune. 

Williams, J. (2013, November 26). KIPP New Orleans Schools spent $120,000 on training in Las Vegas. The Lens.

Williams, J. & Haselle, D. (2013, April 17). John Mac charter school leaders concerned about making payroll. The Lens.

Zurik, L. (Chief Investigative Reporter) & Wright, T. (Investigative Producer) (2015, January 30). Millions in state property ‘Lost and NOT Found.’ Lee Zurik Investigation. [television broadcast]. New Orleans, LA: Fox 8, WVUE New Orleans.

Academic Failure

Dreilinger, D. (2015, August 5). New Orleans schools AP pass rates low, but officials enthusiastic. The Times Picayune. 

Ferguson, B. (2008). State takeover not working for New Orleans – high schools. New Orleans, LA: Research on Reforms, Inc.

Ferguson, B. (2013). RSD skews it performance score by omitting nearly 20% of schools. New Orleans, LA: Research on Reforms, Inc.

Ferguson, B., & Hatfield, C.J. (2014). RSD High School Test Scores Remain Below State Average. New Orleans, LA: Research on Reforms, Inc.

Gabor, A. (2015, August 22). The Myth of the New Orleans School Makeover. The New York Times. 

Hatfield, C., & Ferguson, B. (2015). Historical Enrollment and Exit Trends 9th Grade Cohorts Part 1. New Orleans, LA: Research on Reforms.

Hatfield, C.J. (2010). The Recovery School District is a “District in Academic Crisis”. New Orleans, LA: Research on Reforms.

Hatfield, C. J. (2014). Comparison of 2014 LEAP results for RSD-NO to other Louisiana public school districts. New Orleans, LA: Research on Reforms, Inc.

Jewson, M. (2015, June 3). SciTech charter leader let students take tests for each other and at home. The Lens. 

New Orleans Education Equity Roundtable (Producer). (2013). La State Superintendent, John White changes standards formula (SPS) to show improving schools in NOLA. 

Schneider, M. (2015, January 30). Louisiana’s Class of 2014 ACT Scores Are in this Post [Web log post].

Racism: Toxic Dumps, School Closures & Takeovers

Brown, A. ( 2013). The real fight: The truth about John Mac and the fallacy of “Blackboard Wars” The New Orleans Tribune.

Buras, K. & Urban South Grassroots Collective. (2013). New Orleans education reform: A guide for cities or a warning for communities? (grassroots lessons learned, 2005-2012). Berkeley Review of Education, 4(1).

Dingerson, L. (2006). Dismantling a community timeline. Center for Community Change.

Dixson;, A. D., Buras;, K. L., & Jeffers, E. K. (2015). The color of reform: Race, education
reform, and charter schools in post-Katrina New Orleans. Qualitative Inquiry, 21(3), 288-299.

Dreilinger, D. (2015, August 3). Sierra Club signals lawsuit over New Orleans school rebuilding. The Times Picayune. 

Dreilinger, D. (2014, September 9). Booker T. school rebuilding site: Environmental hazards debated. The Times Picayune. 

Dreilinger, D. (2014, October 17). New Orleans student Social Security numbers found on auctioned-off laptops. The Times Picayune.

Dreilinger, D. (2015, June 04). Toxic waste sites still OK for Louisiana schools, senators decide. The Times Picayune. 

Ferguson, B. (2014). Closing schools, opening schools and changing school codes:
Instability in the New Orleans Recovery School District. New Orleans, LA: Research on Reforms, Inc.

Ferguson, P. (Producer). (2014). BESE Committee ot the Whole Meeting 11.12.14.

Ferguson, P., & Sanders, R. (Producer). (2014). A Perfect Storm: The Takeover of New Orleans Public Schools Part One 17 Days in November. A Perfect Storm.

Harden, K. (2014, April 22). Civil rights complaints are filed against three N.O. schools. The Louisiana Weekly. 

Harden, K. (2014, May 26). Groups file discrimination complaint with Dept. of Ed. The Louisiana Weekly.

Harden, K. (2014, October 6). Department of Education opens civil rights investigation in Orleans system. The Louisiana Weekly.

Hasselle, D. (2013, January 10). RSD’s offer to Abramson kids: Leave one F school for another. The Lens. 

Hasselle, D. (2015, March 31). Kennedy High School alumni call for its rebuilding: High school closed after Katrina, torn down in 2011. The New Orleans Advocate.

Journey for Justice Alliance. (2014). Death by a thousand cuts: Racism, school closure and public school sabotage.

Robertson, C. (2012, June 21). Louisiana illegally fired 7,500 teachers, judge says. The New York Times.

Webster, R. (2015, May 5). Booker T. Washington plans called ‘astounding and insulting’ at New Orleans council hearing. The Times Picayune.

Williams, J. (2013, June 11). Most students leaving RSD’s 4 closed, failing schools are headed to other substandard schools. The Lens.

Special Education and Discipline

Adamson, F., Cook-Harvey, C. & Darling-Hammond, L. (2015). Whose choice? Student experiences and outcomes in the New Orleans school marketplace. Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education.

Dreilinger, D. (2015, November 25) No special education monitor in New Orleans yet. The Times Picayune

Dreilinger, D. (2014, October 3). School transfer data raises questions about accuracy of Louisiana dropout rates. The Times Picayune.

Dreilinger, D. (2014, December 19). Landmark New Orleans special education case is settled, parties say. The Times Picayune. 

Dreilinger, D. (2015, June 3). Louisiana’s special education grad rate among worst in the U.S. The Times Picayune. 

Ferguson, B. (2011). Dumping kids out– The misuse of charter schools in New Orleans, Part 1. New Orleans, LA: Research on Reforms, Inc.

Gabor, A. (2013, September 20). Post-Katrina, the Great New Orleans Charter Tryout. Newsweek.

Gabor, A. (2015, August 22). The Myth of the New Orleans School Makeover. The New York Times. 

Williams, J. (2011, September 12). Use of seclusion rooms remains focus of debate at Morris Jeff charter school. The Lens.

*  Woodson, C. G. (1900). The mis-education of the Negro. Philadelphia, PA: Hakim’s Publications.

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