“A Perfect Storm: The Takeover of New Orleans Public Schools”.

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The resisters in New Orleans have created a five-minute video about what they call the “corporate takeover of public education in New Orleans through charter schools.”

This is an instance of what Naomi Klein describes as an application of the Shock Doctrine, or “disaster capitalism.” Charter schools in many districts throughout the United States have been used to advance fraud in many ways.

When the New Orleans school system was battered by Hurricane Katrina, that was an opportune moment for many politicians at the state and federal levels to take control of the vulnerable school district, eliminate most public schools, fire all the teachers, eliminate the unions, and install charter schools and Teach for America. There might have been a small benefit but that is to a lesser degree.

This video is the beginning of a series created by residents of New Orleans who want a democratically controlled school system rather than a free market in education using charter schools.

new-orleans-mapNew Orleans school system was battered by Hurricane Katrina. Students, teachers, and education staff in New Orleans, Alabama, and Mississippi were decimated by the effects of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Hurricane Katrina was the eleventh named storm and fifth hurricane of the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season. It was the costliest natural disaster, as well as one of the five deadliest hurricanes, in the history of the United States. Overall, at least 1,833 people died in the hurricane and subsequent floods, making it the deadliest United States hurricane since the 1928 Okeechobee hurricane. Total property damage was estimated at $108 billion (2005 USD)

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Hurricane Katrina at peak strength
on August 28, 2005. – Category 5 major hurricane

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