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Matters of Choice: New Orleans – The Choice Epicenter

Deidre Johnson Burel, the executive director of the Orleans Public Education Network, says, “[t]he argument against school choice is really about the power of the school as the nexus of community. That schools are really anchors to community. And we should invest in quality schools in every neighborhood.” She says more choice doesn’t necessarily mean more good options. In New Orleans, there are some high performing, high demand schools. However, Johnson Burel says, “We have a lot of mediocre schools that are in the middle. And so ultimately choice is optimally about having choice around high quality. And when there is a pool of mediocrity, what does that really mean?”