Wall Street Journal Editors: Public Schools In New Orleans Should Never Reopen

Today’s Thanksgiving-themed Wall Street Journal editorial promised to “take a respite from major policy combat and consider instead a few of the many things we’re grateful for.” It didn’t live up to its billing:

That damaged city’s public schools remain closed, but at least eight of its 35 private Catholic schools are already back teaching, less than three months after Katrina. Here’s a modest proposal to help that city’s poorest kids: Don’t reopen any of the old public schools, 102 of 117 of which were performing below the state average in any case.


There are some conservatives who honestly want to improve public schools by focusing on accountability. Others are just interested in destroying the public school system. We can safely put the editors of the Wall Street Journal in the later category.