Recovery School District Superintendent defends tenure

As the search goes on for his successor, Recovery School District head Paul Vallas can boast of improved test scores and a city wide school choice system with a “30 percent mobility rate,” or nearly a third of the population changing the educational options of their children to provide the best possible learning environment, the Louisiana Weekly reports. It is a far cry from the shattered school system that the Chicago native inherited after Hurricane Katrina.  “We had to open 11 FEMA modular campuses,” he told The Louisiana Weekly in an interview, explaining the buildings themselves were unsafe, often for years before Hurricane Katrina. Responding to critics that have claimed that Vallas’ citywide open-enrollment policy of school choice has effectively ended neighborhood schools, the RSD Superin­tendent explained, “Choice arose in New Orleans, in part, out of necessity…

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