Post by Diane Ravitch 2/10/13
Bobby Jindal went to Virginia to boast of the miraculous transformation of education in Louisiana, all attributable to the magic of replacing public schools with privately managed, deregulated charters.
This is an oft-told tale, repeated again and again by advocates of privatization in both political parties and endlessly regurgitated by an uncurious and credulous media.
But something amazing happened when the Associated Press reported the story. It included the inconvenient fact that most of the charters in the much lauded Recovery School District had received grades of D or F.
Here is the astonishing quote from the story:
“However, New Orleans schools run by the Recovery School District still have a D grade on average while those outside of New Orleans received an F in the latest round of grades released in October.
“We’re not where we want to be but have made great progress in seven years,” Jindal said.”
Honest reporting, not just the customary recycling of the politicians’ press releases.
Now THAT is a miracle.