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Thursday, 09 December 2010 18:07
New Orleans Landrieu Backs Louisiana BESE Vote For Schools
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New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu issued a statement after the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education voted today on a plan for New Orleans schools approving Superintendent Paul Pastorek's plan for returning schools in the Recovery School District to local control.

“Today’s BESE vote is an important step in returning all of our schools to local governance. As Mayor of New Orleans, I am absolutely committed to doing what is in the best interests of our students and their families.

“I firmly believe that the people of our city have the right and the responsibility to make the decisions about the future of public education in New Orleans. It is up to us to come together, have constructive dialogue and determine what will best preserve the gains we have made while also addressing the unanswered issues that must be solved moving forward.


“At the end of the day, we must remember that this is not about us – it’s about our kids. We have one chance to get this right. The future of New Orleans will not be decided in boardrooms on Poydras, but in classrooms throughout the city. The framework that the community rallies around must support public charter and community school growth, quality and autonomy, while being fair and equitable and ensuring every child has complete and total access to an excellent education.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu issued the following statement after the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education voted today on a plan for New Orleans schools:

 

“Today’s BESE vote is an important step in returning all of our schools to local governance. As Mayor of New Orleans, I am absolutely committed to doing what is in the best interests of our students and their families.

 

“I firmly believe that the people of our city have the right and the responsibility to make the decisions about the future of public education in New Orleans. It is up to us to come together, have constructive dialogue and determine what will best preserve the gains we have made while also addressing the unanswered issues that must be solved moving forward.


“At the end of the day, we must remember that this is not about us – it’s about our kids. We have one chance to get this right. The future of New Orleans will not be decided in boardrooms on Poydras, but in classrooms throughout the city. The framework that the community rallies around must support public charter and community school growth, quality and autonomy, while being fair and equitable and ensuring every child has complete and total access to an excellent education.

“We have the opportunity and responsibility to create America’s first 21st Century system of schools. It is now up to the people of New Orleans to seize this unique opportunity to create a city where every child can attain a world-class education that prepares them for college and work.  I look forward to being fully engaged in this conversation.”

“We have the opportunity and responsibility to create America’s first 21st Century system of schools. It is now up to the people of New Orleans to seize this unique opportunity to create a city where every child can attain a world-class education that prepares them for college and work.  I look forward to being fully engaged in this conversation.” 

Following Hurricane Katrina, most New Orleans schools were deemed failing and were turned over to a Recovery School District which left the Orleans Parish School Board with less than 20 schools.

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