I've known Stafford Agee since he was a little boy at Gayarre Elementary School where I was principal. He has grown into a man we can all be proud to know. I love seeing former students doing great things.
The current system of schools is not a sustainable model nor has it been adopted by any other parish in the State of Louisiana. That should say something about the "success" of the remaking of the New Orleans public education system. Every place in the country protects the rights of it citizens to elect the Board of Education that governs its public schools. The elected officials answer to the voters. The system of charter schools in the Crescent City has 80% of the governance officials selected by private individuals. We have choices but no voices. Voting rights of the poor in N.O. have been stripped away in the process. How can this be improvement?
I know these ladies and they are excellent examples of the type of leaders we need to turn around our schools. It is not a coincidence that all four were principals in the New Orleans Public Schools pre-Katrina. Maybe the Recovery School District should take another look at the veteran educators available to improve the remaining failed schools.
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