“Rafael Goyeneche, president of the Metropolitan Crime Commission, said it’s a troubling situation. ‘This is at the front end of the criminal justice system and if we don’t have enough people to take those calls, we’re seeing the delays. And in many instances, those delays could create tragedies and, potentially, loss of life.’ “

The Lens reported in April that “up to 12 percent of all calls taken by emergency operators were from [NOPD] officers starting their privately paid detail work.”

State Superintendent of Education John White said the exodus should be looked at as primarily a financial decision on the part of more veteran employees.

But school superintendents also said the decision has a lot to do with changes occurring in the classroom, including new teacher evaluations pushed by the Jindal administration, which one educator said created “a tipping point.”

The state is launching a task force to try to find ways to balance school needs with rising concerns about privacy, especially amid concerns that students could be traumatized, or worse, if delicate information falls into the wrong hands.

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...