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

Diane Ravitch's blog

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

This is an instance of what Naomi Klein describes as an application of the Shock Doctrine, or “disaster capitalism.”

When the New Orleans school system was battered by Hurricane Katrina, that was an opportune moment for politicians at the state and federal levels to take control of the district, eliminate most public schools, fire all the teachers, eliminate the union, and install charter schools and Teach for America.

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

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