Student growth isn’t everything. Just because a school has high growth doesn’t mean it’s always going to be a great school, or a great school for every family. It’s one piece of data. But I’m not sure how we could give good counsel to families about their school choices without it.
It's not terribly surprising that school spending went up after Hurricane Katrina and as New Orleans shifted to a charter school-based system. It’s how the spending increased that’s worth a closer look.
There’s nothing wrong with moms and dads advocating for their kids. The problem is that some families are better situated to advocate for their children, and they’re getting what they want while others don’t.