Other critics, such as conservative pundit Quin Hillyer, argue it is an overbearing, top-down approach: “Common Core stands as an unwitting invitation for the federal government to dictate local curricular choices, with potentially objectionable results.”

Talk of possibly removing the elevated I-10 along Claiborne to achieve economic and social revitalization of the area strikes some as odd, if not disingenuous, considering the elevated expressway was erected despite the protest of mostly Black residents and business owners who foretold that plan would signal a downturn for their communities.

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...