Fri January 24, 2014
Akili Academy Illustrates How New Orleans Teachers Have Changed
Originally published on Fri January 31, 2014 10:46 am
Just after Hurricane Katrina, the entire teaching staff of The Orleans Parish School Board was fired. Last week, a state appeals court ruled that those teachers were denied due process.
As the school system has rebuilt, there’s been a seismic shift in who is teaching in New Orleans — the city-wide pool of teachers looks different, in terms of race, age, how they came to the teaching profession, how long they’ve been teaching, and whether they are “from” New Orleans, or not.
There’s not much exact data on these changes — yet. But reporter Eve Abrams talked to the staff at one charter school, Akili Academy, to find out how they feel about the teaching scene.
Late one afternoon, inside Akili Academy, a student reads haltingly from a text.
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