With Gov Bobby Jindal and a Republican controlled legislature on the verge of radically expanding school choice programs, Jindal may very well be providing education watchers a unique real life laboratory of democracy and public policy.
But is Jindal really taking a risk?
Even now, 80% of New Orleans students attend a charter school and some of the most egregious education barriers, like the racial achievement gap, are falling.
Of course the teachers unions are fighting tooth and nail, but it is hard to argue with the success of New Orleans. What will the educational establishment think when Louisiana tops the national rankings and do so with less per pupil spending than most other states?