October 22, 2010

Good Morning:

Recently, I saw the documentary Waiting for Superman, which provides a sobering overview of the state of public education in the United States. This is a must-see film for everyone who believes, as I do, that the future of New Orleans and the country rests with the success of our public school system.

Virtually every problem we face as a city or country - from rampant poverty to crime, blight, unemployment and health disparities - relates to our failure to build a system where every child, no matter their socioeconomic status, has an opportunity to acquire an outstanding education.

As a New Orleanian, I am proud of the progress we have made in public education since Katrina. We cannot declare victory yet but the progress to date is encouraging. Not surprisingly, this progress has been difficult to achieve and sometimes sparks controversy. Yet, the results have been worth the effort and the transformational movement must continue.

In real life there are no supermen or women, but there are real people here in New Orleans and around the country tirelessly working to improve the quality of education for all children. The impact of their work will determine the future of our communities and country.

Please go see Waiting for Superman and commit to making a difference in the lives of those who are the victims of failed schools. We owe it to them and to ourselves.

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Have a great weekend,


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