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EDUC 202 research paper 1

The community of New Orleans faces many issues both school related and not school related. Due to the fact that in 2005 Hurricane Katrina destroyed as much as 80% of the city. Many parts of the city were below sea level and much of which were only a few feet above sea level, were flooded with water as deep as 25 feet in some areas. This storm damaged or destroyed more than 100 of the school district's 128 school buildings. During this time school reform swept through the city, taking advantage of the damage and transforming the area into a testing ground for charter schools. The majority of students attending public schools in New Orleans now attend independent public charter schools - making New Orleans the only city in the nation where more than half of all public school children attend charter schools.
This natural disaster caused the population of New Orleans to drop over half after hurricane Katrina hit. Seven years after the hurricane, New Orleans population is up to 76% of the population before the storm hit. Out of that 76%, 21.3% are school-aged children. In the time after the hurricane hit, many children were without a home and school. There were community organizations and unions that helped parents best decide which school to place their children in, help to raise money, and an overall guidance to the new schools that were being built.
Over the past 3 years 33 of New Orleans public schools have been flagged for cheating allegations on standardized tests. There were 51 separate occurrences of irregular test scores at schools in 2010, 2011 and 2012 alone. This may be occurring because standardized testing is a primary issue in New Orleans. Usually schools that have low-test scores continuously would be taken over by ...

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... the RSD agency were taking over all low performing schools.
Based on my research on New Orleans and this documentary I think as one solution the teachers and communities should have control over the policies for education reform because no one knows better than the teachers what is effective and what is not. I also feel that all students should have equal opportunities in education no matter their socio-economic status, race or special needs, every child should be receiving the same level of education. I also strongly disagree with testing being the determining factor of funding and teachers jobs being at stake because many students are not good test takers. This documentary and my research on New Orleans have definitely changed my views on the education system and opened my eyes as a future education to the issues that are currently being faced as an educator.

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