Hurricane Katrina gave education reformers an opening to charterize New Orleans public schools. Ten years later they remain generally the worst in the state. The video above, one of a series, comes from this website and it should be viewed by all interested in what charterizing Little Rock schools — as Gov. Asa Hutchinson apparently wants to do because that’s what the Walton billionaires want to do.
The lack of a state plan to do anything about Little Rock well after the state Board’s takeover vote should make everyone suspicious. The push to make an unqualified former senator and charter school advocate, Johnny Key, leader of the Department, should also promote suspicion. The Walton-backed bill to allow all Little Rock schools to be operated by private companies forever, with no return to local control, should also promote suspicion. The arithmetic is pretty simple.