Jeff Duncan – Andrade Keynote Speaker for Louisiana
Association of Charter Schools: The aim is to end Poverty
I-SEEED’s Director of Educational Equity was the keynote speaker for the Sixth annual meeting of the Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools last week.
Duncan-Andrade, challenged Louisiana educators to tackle racism, poverty and stress if they want to reach their students.
“The purpose of education is not to escape poverty,” Jeff Duncan-Andrade said. “The purpose of education is to end it.”
Louisiana has about 110 charter schools serving roughly 50,000 students.
About 80 percent are in New Orleans, and those schools are a key part of the city’s bid to upgrade its long-troubled public school system after it was largely toppled by Hurricane Katrina.
Duncan-Andrade said students in low-income areas in east Oakland and elsewhere are often plagued by what amounts to a form of post traumatic stress disorder, sparked by a wide range of social ills, including violence.
“If the school ain’t better than society then society ain’t going to get better,” he said during his 90-minute address.
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