While many school districts nationwide — particularly those undergoing budget cuts — struggle to adequately serve non-English-speaking families, the situation in New Orleans is unique. That’s because of the ethnic and linguistic complexity of the city as well as the radically decentralized school system created since Hurricane Katrina.

“We haven’t seen this kind of situation elsewhere,” said Thomas Mariadason, a lawyer for the [Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund]. “There’s nothing quite like the education landscape in New Orleans.”

Taxpayers in 14 states will bankroll nearly $1 billion this year in tuition for private schools, including hundreds of religious schools that teach Earth is less than 10,000 years old, Adam and Eve strolled the garden with dinosaurs, and much of modern biology, geology and cosmology is a web of lies.

Past [intergovernmental] panel reports have been ignored because global warming’s effects seemed too distant in time and location, says Pennsylvania State University scientist Michael Mann.

This report finds “It’s not far-off in the future and it’s not exotic creatures — it’s us and now,” says Mann, who didn’t work on this latest report.

The New Orleans City Council has submitted an application to the State to create a new cultural products district in Mid City, which would include Tulane Avenue from South [Pierce] to Broad Street and I-10 from Bernadotte to City Park Avenue.  New Orleans City Council members Susan Guidry and Latoya Cantrell led the effort.

Also barred in the latest restrictions from taking welfare debit cards are video arcades, bail bond companies, cruise ships, psychics, adult-entertainment businesses, nightclubs, bars and any businesses where minors are not allowed.

Mark Moseley

Mark Moseley blogs at Your Right Hand Thief. Until mid 2014, Mark Moseley was The Lens' opinion writer, engagement specialist and coordinator for the Charter Schools Reporting Corps. After Katrina and...