Wednesday, April 13, 2005

The New Orleans school system's alarm clock is ringing

Time for them to wake up and smell the coffee. It seems that everyone is fed up with New Orleans and the school system (see here and here).

Legislative Auditor Steve Theriot told lawmakers Wednesday that the system's finances were in such disarray that the system's deficit from last year may grow to $19 million and he won't recommend the state Bond Commission approve the short-term borrowing to bail the system out.

Lawmakers have expressed continuing frustration with the school system, and Rep. Warren Triche, D-Thibodaux, said he was tired of hearing excuses about the poor state of the New Orleans schools -- which get about $300 million of its $577 million budget from the state.

"You've got too many damn skunks out there taking money, plain and simple. You've been basically overrun with incompetence for years now," Triche said. (emphasis added)

Maybe Amato's resignation will be the straw that broke the camel's back. I think that the Orleans Parish school board needs a complete overhaul. Maybe they should fire everyone and start over.