Just. Fing. Wow.
Well, here's something I wasn't expecting. The Recovery School District (RSD), created by the Louisiana Board of Education, is not on the list of entities accredited by the Southern Association of Collges and Schools (SACS).
This could either be a big problem, or an even bigger problem.
If you were to look around on the RSD home website, you would be pressed to find any passing mention of what regional or national accreditation covers the dozens of schools and thousands of students in the RSD. I'm going to keep my ears to the ground and see if there has been some backdoor application to some sort of regional or national body that oversees standards in a school or system, but I don't think I'm going to find one.
I mean, one thing that is bothersome about the RSD is the accountability issue. If there is no overarching standards judged by the regional or national accreditation body, then there is almost no accountability at all.
Is there someone out there who knows what is going on? I sure hope so, but I ain't holding my breath.
Because, not belonging to any standard accrediting body would have been my very first retort to the vouchers-in-New-Orleans debate. I mean, it is legal to operate schools without accreditation, but it ain't a good idea. And while I don't agree with everything SACS requires, or the way they do their work, peer review is vital in the education field to maintain certain standard operating proceedures that are proven to aid student improvement.
Otherwise, schools are doing whatever they want to do, with no layer of peer accountability to go through.