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Nearly a decade ago, Hurricane Katrina killed more than 1,000 people and rendered thousands more homeless, leaving large areas of the city without schools. At the time, 2/3 of New Orleans public schools were deemed "failing." Sniffing opportunity, charter profiteers descended.
Currently, 92 percent of NOLA students are enrolled in a charter school.
Ironically, New Orleans just hit triple digits in murders 55 days sooner than in 2014. Furthermore, NOLA's solve rate for homicides has slipped to 50 percent. Detectives in 2015 are handling 30% more cases than in 2014, with a homicide unit that is 25% smaller than 2014. These troubling statistics are vaguely explained as resulting from various form of [police] attrition. What could be sapping the strength of NOLA police officers?
And noxious ed reformers, where is the excellence you promised? Where is the turn-around? Where is the college and career readiness? Where are the bright futures?