Sue Bordelon on NOLA charters and her special needs son

See the video below of Sue Bordelon and her son Clark, speaking about his abusive treatment at the hands of New Orleans charter schools – in a system that has been praised by Arne Duncan and others as a model for the nation.

Their powerful testimony was filmed during the inaugural press conference held by the new chapter of Parents Across America NOLA, along with the John McDonogh Alumni Association, the Downtown Neighborhood Improvement Association, and the Esplanade Ridge/Treme Civic Association in on August 29, 2011, to commemorate the sixth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, to review the state of public education in New Orleans six years later, and to set a course to save their public schools.

From the press release: “Taking the fate of John McDonogh Senior High as an example of the failed policies and broken promises of the Recovery School District, advocates for children, teachers and community schools will gather to pray and to demonstrate our investment in our children and our schools.  We will be asking hard questions about the ways charter schools have negatively affected our children and about the scandals and failures of charter schools and RSD-run schools.  Together we will assert our right to a democratic voice in how schools are rebuilt, what schools are rebuilt, and who runs the schools in our communities.

We will look at the betrayal of public trust in the past six years as the Recovery School District has held community meetings, promised public engagement and then disregarded the wishes of parents and stake-holders again and again.  We will examine the false choices that the school district has offered parents and children and the way school choice has divided schools from their communities and from parental oversight and involvement.  We will condemn the political influence, waste and lack of foresight that has characterized the rebuilding and renovations of schools thus far and demand a fair, equitable and transparent process going forward.  We will expose RSD’s deliberate and systematic neglect of certain schools to justify takeover and closure.  We will stand up to save John McDonogh and all our schools from autocratic decisions made by unelected, out-of-touch and out-of-town administrators.”

For more information, please contact Karran Harper Royal of PAA-NOLA at

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