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December 5, 2014

What Happens in a Recovery School District?

Filed under: Recovery District — millerlf @ 8:32 pm

Rumors of a New Orleans-style Recovery School District (RSD), aimed at Milwaukee Public Schools, are swirling around the Wisconsin political arena once again. The Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce has been lobbying for this for some time. In 2013 the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute proposed the same idea in a report titled “Pathway to success for Milwaukee schools.” (See at

Right now there are RSD’s in New Orleans, Tennessee, Michigan and Virginia. In New Orleans it is called the Recovery School District. In Tennessee it is called the Achievement School District. In Michigan it is called the Education Achievement Authority. In Virginia it is called the Opportunity Educational Institution.

From the practice of these 4 states, the following outcomes have become evident:
• “Low performing” schools are removed from their school districts.
• Administration and teachers are removed from those schools. (In New Orleans 7500 teachers were fired. A large majority were African American.)
• Schools are turned over to charter management organizations (CMO’s).
• Schools operate independently, answering to the state with little accountability.
• Parents are disenfranchised without elected school boards for recourse. Large percentages of families leave these schools.
• Special education and “behavior problem/low testing” students are “counseled out.”
• Teach For America becomes a major source for teaching staff. Unions are not allowed.
• School districts continue to be responsible for past debt accumulated.
• Academic performance is stagnant.


  1. Not to mention the lack of results. These schools do not show any real improvement (based on the test score metric) over the public schools, with any miniscule increases due to much lower percentages of “harder/more expensive to educate” students like Special Ed, ELL, and others (as you did mention). These schools are not a recipe for success, unless you own a management company or know someone who does.

    Comment by TCliff — December 11, 2014 @ 8:23 am | Reply

    • The Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce is not interested in what a child learns. They are interested in profits and what can be earned and nothing else but that. Follow the money and discover just how much has been earned in New Orleans, Tennessee, Michigan and Virgina—-the profit potential for this venture—-and you will have your evidence and proof explaining why they don’t care about the FAILURE of those schools to educate children.

      They are not into LEARNING for children. They are into EARNINGS for corporations.

      Comment by Lloyd Lofthouse — December 11, 2014 @ 2:20 pm | Reply

  2. Reblogged this on Crazy Normal – the Classroom Exposé and commented:
    It’s all about profits for business and has nothing to do with educating children.

    Comment by Lloyd Lofthouse — December 11, 2014 @ 11:46 am | Reply

  3. A ready to copy and paste Tweet

    New Orleans
    Michigan & Virginia
    Closing Pub-Ed & opening corporate Charters is about profits
    NOT children

    Comment by Lloyd Lofthouse — December 11, 2014 @ 11:50 am | Reply

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