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New Orleans so far

August 5, 2008 pm31 9:20 pm

No photos yet. Probably not until my return.

Most of our work (it seems) will be visiting charter school teachers and asking them to join the teachers union. Yesterday was our first day. It is long, slow work. People are afraid for their jobs, angry about how much they lost. Some are not sure if charter school teachers can be unionized. Some are concerned about dues. Plus, Louisiana is a “right to work” state.

And then there were teachers not home. Yesterday was the first day of school (no kids) for most charter school teachers in New Orleans. We spoke with husbands, wives, kids, parents, sisters, friends. Most people are willing to talk, happy to talk, even if it’s only about how long they’ve been back (since they storm. That’s what everyone seems to say, “the storm.”)

This morning another volunteer who’d been here before drove us through the lower 9th ward to see some of the recovery/non-recovery. It was mostly non-recovery. More about that later.

And it’s time for this blog to say some things about charter schools. Has to be done.

But now it’s time to meet my team for Day 2.

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