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The evidence seems to indicate that Andre Perry is being paid by the teachers unions (AFT perhaps?) because the former charter management CEO is now unapologetically bashing charter schools. His latest piece in the Hechinger Report unpersuasively argues that the Black Lives Matter Movement needs to take on charters because they are undermining black communities.

Of course, Perry uses New Orleans to illustrate his point, but rather than provide insight on the city’s experience, Perry rehashes a litany of well-worn, conspiracy-tinged grievances arising from the post-Katrina takeover of schools and subsequent reforms – reforms, it should be noted, that Perry was deeply involved in for several years.

At one point, he tries to blame the layoffs of 7,500 school system employees by the Orleans Parish School Board in November 2005 on charter schools (as well as New Schools for New Orleans, New Leaders for New Schools, Teach For America, and the Gates, Fisher, and Broad foundations). If you’re at all familiar with Perry’s previous writing, you should be well-acquainted with the issue since he has raised it ad nauseam over the past few years, although never with any depth or real understanding. Instead, the layoffs simply serve as a provocative talking point Perry uses to attack his perceived enemies.

For example…

From “Community engagement is a euphemism for ‘how to deal with black folk’” - Hechinger Report: May 29, 2014

From “Community engagement is a euphemism for ‘how to deal with black folk’” – Hechinger Report (5/29/14)

From "School board should look for opportunity in upcoming court ruling on post-Katrina teacher layoffs" - The Lens: October 8, 2014

From “School board should look for opportunity in upcoming court ruling on post-Katrina teacher layoffs” – The Lens (10/8/14)

From “Cities don’t need outsiders to save their schools” - Hechinger Report: June 2, 2015

From “Cities don’t need outsiders to save their schools” – Hechinger Report (6/2/15)

From “Why big business should stop lecturing schools on motivation and start listening” - Hechinger Report: August 18, 2015

From “Why big business should stop lecturing schools on motivation and start listening” – Hechinger Report (8/18/15)

From “Unhappy Anniversary, New Orleans: Why 10 years is not enough time to heal” - Hechinger Report: August 25, 2015

From “Unhappy Anniversary, New Orleans: Why 10 years is not enough time to heal” – Hechinger Report (8/25/15)

From “Bringing a horn to a gun fight: One musician’s culturally relevant response to urban violence” - Hechinger Report: December 1, 2015

From “Bringing a horn to a gun fight: One musician’s culturally relevant response to urban violence” – Hechinger Report (12/1/15)

From “Culture of blaming black folk keeps us from aiming at real sources of violence” - Hechinger Report: February 6, 2016

From “Culture of blaming black folk keeps us from aiming at real sources of violence” – Hechinger Report (2/6/16)

From “Why the Black Lives Matter movement has to take on charter schools” - Hechinger Report: August 10, 2016

From “Why the Black Lives Matter movement has to take on charter schools” – Hechinger Report (8/10/16)

One must hand it to Andre Perry: He has an unparalleled ability to consistently write 1200-word essays about New Orleans education that manage to say little, if anything at all. Plus, what Perry does say often has plenty of errors; see the ones I picked out in his latest piece by clicking the link below.

Why the Black Lives Matter movement has to take on charter schools

Black school systems are treated like black men and women in America. Urban schools are broken up, experimented upon and policed in efforts to improve them. The reformers expect students, teachers and parents to be grateful and accept test score growth in return, just as black communities were expected to be grateful when crime dropped even as incarceration rates rose.

Pete became involved in education reform as a 2002 Teach For America corps member in New Orleans Public Schools and has worked in various capacities at Teach For America, KIPP, TNTP, and the Recovery School District. As a consultant, he developed teacher evaluation systems and served as a strategic advisor to school district leaders in Cleveland, Nashville, Chattanooga, and Jefferson Parish, Louisiana. He now writes about education policy and politics and lives in New Orleans.

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