Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Fixing Things

How to rebuild Louisiana's coast? Mud Mining. Some folks are already gettin' 'er done. (But the state government is still 'studying' the various plans.) Prepare for new "Dirty Jobs" episode on Discovery Channel....

Next stop: the New Orleans schools.
Understanding who runs each school almost requires a scorecard: A handful remain under the authority of the troubled Orleans Parish School Board. The board has voluntarily allowed some schools to be run as charter schools, which receive public money but operate independently. And it has been relieved of authority over more than 100 schools by the state Department of Education, which is running some of them itself and chartering others.

The various schools and governing entities also mean a variety of registration and starting dates — a source of confusion for parents.

There are no geographic requirements in the revamped system. Any student, living anywhere in the city, can register for any school on a first-come, first-served basis or by lottery, placing schools in competition for students and state funding, which is based on attendance.
I guess there is something to be said for the 'try everything at once' plan, but this kinda makes my head hurt.

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