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Disaster Capitalism Proceeds as Puerto Rico Privatization Progresses With Appointment of Former Louisiana State Superintendent

November 22, 2018

Education Week blogger Andrew Ujifusa reports that “...Paul Pastorek, the former Louisiana schools chief who helped lead the overhaul of New Orleans’ schools after Hurricane Katrina, has agreed to a contract with Puerto Rico’s Department of Education to provide various services as island schools continue their recovery from their own catastrophic storm, Hurricane Maria in 2017.” In a (presumed) effort to avoid any editorializing, Mr. Ujifusa does not speculate on whether Mr. Pastorek’s entrance is a sign that Puerto Rico will go the way of New Orleans, but it is abundantly clear to anyone one watches policy issues that is the direction their public schools are headed… and I will not be surprised to see the schools in the FL panhandle headed the same way soon because, as Rahm Emmanuel famously said, every disaster is an opportunity for change…. and vulture capitalists love to see a hurricane, a train wreck, or an economic downturn.

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