Is New Orleans a national model?

Simple formula: have a major catastrophe. Wipe out public education. Get rid of the unions. Hand schools over to private operators. A miracle. A national model for school reform. Read this article by a British reporter.

Or the contrary view: The New Orleans story is an example of hype and spin by entrepreneurs seeking new markets. The district ranks 69 of 70 districts in the state. Read this letter by a teacher in the state.

What do you think?