New Orleanians are all too familiar with having the important aspects of their lives ripped from their control, but they will they retake control of their schools.
There is an answer to public education's poor performance: money; we will have to pay for it, just as we pay for a massive military budget.
Families, having enjoyed the chance of purchasing a house, sending their kids off to college, working in and living a middle-class American life, were now almost suddenly losing it all.
The public pays for charter schools through their taxes, has no input into their educational practices. Unlike Chicago public schools, neither parents nor community control anything a charter school does.
Lhota has a big problem: he wants to continue Bloomberg's pro Wall Street policies, but to get votes he must paint himself as a liberal. It appears that tactic is not going to fly.