Thursday, August 28, 2008

Accreditategate 2

Another thanks to fellow Hurricane Radio blogger SAWB for bringing this to my attention. It pertains to education in New Orleans because, out of the RSD and the RSD Charters, not a single school is accredited by a regional accreditation organization.

When Leigh, Amy, a few others and I were blogging about this issue before, it didn't seem to resonate. But accreditation is one of the strongest standards to which school systems are held, and in other places, losing accreditation is a big deal. Plenty of accredited school systems have their problems, to be sure, but when compared to NO schools, we're talking about apples and oranges.

My example, the link sent to me by SAWB is this one, concerned with Clayton County (GA) schools losing their standing. There are a number of links on the page all pertaining to the story, and many of them are worth the read to help figure out why accreditation was being yanked from Clayton County, and what moves are being taken by the locals and the state to get it back.

One that caught my attention was that an area judge recommended the dismissal of four school board members, and the Governor created an executive order to do just that.

(For complete disclosure, there are some accredited schools in New Orleans, less than ten public schools belong to the Orleans Parish School Board. More than fifty belong to the Archdiocese of New Orleans.)

I'm off to the burrito stand to make some food, but I'll sink my teeth into this a little more in a bit. Gotta do something to pass the time in between NHC bulletiens...

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2 comments:

Leigh C. said...

"One that caught my attention was that an area judge recommended the dismissal of four school board members, and the Governor created an executive order to do just that."

Very, very scary stuff. And many people have no real clue HOW scary.

S.A.W.B. said...

I wish they hadn't stopped at 4. The Clayton County School Board has been rife with corruption for eons. The state needs to just take over for a while, and keep the accreditation away, until the riff-raff that continually voted these fools into office scatter amongst the winds to other jurisdictions.