My last two posts about the alleged miracle in New Orleans referred to a good news story that appeared–at least online, if not in print–in the New Orleans Times-Picayune. The story included a photograph of Senator Mary Landrieu standing with a group of students from the New Orleans College Prep Charter School.
Something about that school rang a bell. I remembered that the Southern Poverty Law Center filed a complaint against the Louisiana Department of Education because of the high suspension rates of children with special needs. One of the schools that was singled out for mention was the New Orleans College Prep Charter School, which had managed to eliminate 52% of its students with special needs.http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2010/10/06/new-orleans-accused-of-failing-disabled-students.html
Public schools can’t do that. It violates federal law to push out children with disabilities. Senator Landrieu, please call a hearing to find out why so many children with special needs are being excluded by the charter schools in New Orleans.