Republicans have demonstrated time and again that they'll use all manner of disgusting tactics to get their way. So on this third anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, let's take a look back and remind ourselves of just how Matt Wingard used the disaster to try and gain leverage for charter schools:
In the summer of 2005, Katrina destroyed most of the New Orleans Public School District infrastructure—a blessing to many, since the district was one of the worst performing in the country. According to published reports, 73 of its more than 120 schools were considered to be “failing,” according to the state’s educational accountability standards. On one 2004 measure (the GEE test of highschoolers) 96 percent of Orleans Parish students were below basic in English, and 94 percent were below basic in math.
In the wake of Katrina, the Louisiana State Legislature turned over most of the area to a Recovery School District headed by its own superintendent. That superintendent has begun chartering many of the Recovery District schools, which in turn has attracted some of the leading charter school operators in the country. Sixty percent of schools in New Orleans are now chartered.
Wingard=Yay! A massive natural disaster wiped out an entire infrastructure that didn't square with my beliefs!! Now I can rejoice in the blessing for the new right-wing ideological phoenix in its wake!!
What an ass.