A year before Hurricane Katrina when then Jefferson Parish School Board member Gene Katsanis was attempting to explain yet another finding that schools in his parish were at best mediocre, he said the district’s problem was its proximity to New Orleans. The district was being overrun with kids from Orleans Parish, he argued, and that was making Jefferson Parish’s test scores go down. There were multiple problems with Katsanis’ argument, including the implication that certain children are ineducable and that their very presence means failure. Read more…


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