Since there was no mention of New Orleans in the SOTU, the nation would not know that 300 children have been “wait listed” because for the forgotten Americans there is neither enough room or teachers…
In an exceedingly rare move for a public school system,
hundreds of children seeking spots in the city’s
schools have been turned away — “wait-listed”
— and told that the campuses have no room, school
officials said Tuesday.
In the state-run Recovery School District, where 300
students have been placed on a waiting list since Jan. 8,
officials are scrambling to open additional buildings and
hire more teachers.
Meanwhile, an unknown number of students have been turned
away from the various other types of public schools in the
emerging system, including 31 independent charter schools
and five still run by the Orleans Parish School Board.
The unprecedented situation underscores the continuing
post-disaster difficulty public schools have experienced in
planning for an unpredictable student body, renovating
demolished campuses and hiring teachers from a shallow labor