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home. i'm just throwing up. because i know we didn't have. republican congressman from louisiana said about katrina god did in one week in what we've been trying to do for twenty years in terms of public housing so god was able to close public housing in one weekend while there are many people who have been trying to do that for decades and that's sort of a theme in the response to katrina is privatization public housing was privatized private developers were given the land private developers came in and demolished
the good units that were there and private developers put up other apartment complexes on those spots which look nice and are beautiful to look at but of the thousands of families that lived in public housing before katrina hit the numbers look like roughly ten percent have been able to get back into their neighborhoods where they were before so the government destroyed people's housing turn it over to private developers gave them billions of dollars of subsidies and contracts to be able to do it and then kick the people out who had been there and those individuals those families who lived in public housing who were nearly one hundred percent african-american were not welcome back it was very clear that the official response on the federal level the state level the local level was you all really should go someplace else we don't really want.
this one would be in my him you see there. because it is a wonder. that it was. you know what happened to those. in those with a piece of land. we won now was that. we noticed the only way out is the only tool we have to use and. that people damning gays named believe in is that we helped and we out is to come together find ways to support each other in these difficult times so we're not going to wait we're going to find a way to live in this is that and do for each other and helping.
and like the liberalism on steroids. and that is hard i think of the disaster capitalism it's also part of a conscious decision by local government state government federal government because it wasn't just let the market decide was let the market decide plus we'll give all this public money to accelerate what the market wants to do and these longstanding patterns of racial discrimination economic segregation those are still there and they have helped mold the response to katrina and they've helped side who are the winners and who are the losers and control.
the really new orleans chose me so new orleans through me and because we want to be a part of the rebuild about the renaissance of this town so i moved in two thousand age the expectations that i had had was to join another startup company that was going to be able to walk into a new situation and do what i do well which is help companies groet. there were no situations like that so people always ask what's the big idea you have for starting a company the big idea was i had to if i was going to do what i do i was going after create the environment for that from scratch so loose it is only six years
old but we've been growing very very quickly. we want to become the largest market research platform on the planet and we're trying to grow as quickly as we possibly can. there are a lot of tax credits this state of louisiana has gone out of its way to establish what we were call which is the digital media tax credit what that means historically thirty five percent of every dollar spent on development technology development engineering and you think technical software development wise could be . would be given back to you by the state so essentially. develop it only cost sixty five percent on every dollar which is a huge benefit to a group company. we're
going to very similar experience on a much larger scale in new york new york now is seen as a entrepreneurship startup technical center but twenty years ago it wasn't in my goal is to have similar outcomes for new orleans as well to york as suddenly new orleans in twenty years will be seen as the epicenter of entrepreneurship in the south. we're trying to be more as the next version of itself. i'm tom hartman and i'll give you what the mainstream media can't help big picture . and when you question more find what you're looking for
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people. i'm interested always in the water. why should. what this is they're saying is does this is to say oh no one has come back oh are the same as i want to so we'll both know no one has got the money. to fly and write . you know i am at this point we're going to. see this in a whole new war news because that's where these. are
all. huge challenges in oil and in terms of ensuring that people that lived here before katrina were able to return to the city when it comes to homeowners their own home program which was the government's response to help homeowners was having discriminatory effects on people that were applying for grants. your grant was based on a priest or value in your house and so because of historic policies. that were in place in new orleans and many other places around the united states homes in african-american neighborhoods here were worth less than homes in white neighborhoods here and what that meant in concrete terms is that we would have
clients with a home and an african-american neighborhood that would be receiving. sometimes as low as fifteen hundred dollars to rebuild their house and then you would have a family in a white neighborhood that experienced. some level of damage that we get the fall grants from our town which was one hundred the house not one city to the. partly everybody three of the three of us. who. wasn't any property was able to fix the house right the fun in that funny house he wasn't able to pay taxes big wasn't able to sustain so they had people from other states came in and bought up the property. predominate it is not. people who've been here for years is new people people from other states also to be
what has given a job and they can't afford to come back because. they have they had no way to. make that they have to how to. build the houses right away i mean. to help. trying to get to trying to get it to get. to our road home plea that you know because they appear to be. giving you the money to give your money. to battle in a very. big one a very. trying to figure out why. the . dam got back with. been about four months ago still we.
still. gave you enough to redo it. there are now only over pages you own that's right well life that i had a problem with whether the contract that they raise my house i came in twenty six thousand eleven the way they wanted to stop all the stuff they delayed it. so i stuck with that. i make you feel i'm in and changing when you know helping you see here hiring are like i don't want to be here in this labor and i'll come. in. just at the same. day as they did to lose the after the hurricane for five years when i came back it's like a. maniac of the state in half and half so most am in. it
would. say. why eat. when katrina hit the president bush. and his allies along with some foundations across the country and people in louisiana said this is a great opportunity for us to try an experiment and charge arise the whole public school system sensually have a public school it's given to a private company and the private company gets the public money to run it but the private company decides who's going to be the teachers what is going to have bus service what the curriculum is going to be and all that so how that happened was
within two weeks the louisiana legislature at the request of the governor and with the support of the president had a special law passed the just. plied to the city of new orleans and it was a takeover a literally a legal takeover of. two thousand and five when act thirty five was winding its way through the legislature many of us were still living in other places i was living in texas trying to rebuild my life and then i was coming back and forth once i was allowed back in the war islands trying to get contractors and electricians and plumbers to help me put my house back together i knew many of the people were not in any kind of position so will fight the takeover of our school.
within the first month they decided that they were going to dissolve the union which is one of the biggest union in the state of louisiana. over eight thousand people lost jobs in the school system union jobs really good jobs in the new orleans area the teachers fought in court they lost there were the louisiana supreme court said no you're not entitled to your job parents and you're looking for an excellent school for your side tech academy is back in session our schools have some of the highest growth scores on the leap in the city of new york side tech academy is a perfect fit for scoring high and academics winning championships and tackle football and volleyball and working hard every day to get into the city's best high schools and colleges provide a laptop for every child side tech academy is located a charter schools or businesses let's just be clear about that and what does a business still a business wants to maximize its profits and reduce its cost that means high cost
student students who need more resources to learn or more of a lot of building for those. so it cost less to educate a higher performing student than to to educate a student and have a lot of meaning and they get to have autonomy to discriminate and we see that in the data. we begin to see a lot of the titles change there were many people who had had no experience running schools they may have been business people who will now become the c.e.o. as they try their hand at operating a school. so i started working at ash at the end of my six months i knew i wasn't
going to retire and. i knew it wasn't a place where i would become the kind of teacher that i want to be. yeah yeah. so these three are the first grade class or close to the end of the hallway and i was right in the middle of. the hall from kindergarten. posters everywhere the walls were covered. motivational thanks and test. the student achievement on the test was a big focus the more students who tested well makes the school look successful.
school is successful then they can apply for a different grants and government funding schools with very low scores considered failing schools sometimes. shut down are taken over by the state from my experience and understanding it kind of comes down to a money issue. test scores were displayed everywhere in the classrooms and outside on the walls we had daily meetings and scores were brought up we would be shown. graphs and data from the different schools and discuss what we need to do to to raise those scores. and for the students there was one particular test that they were taking in first grade they were shown their previous score and then on the other side they were shown their goal what we wanted them to get to to show that they were improving getting
closer to on level. and said like this is where you are now this is where you need to be and. we were. stickers and candy and parties if you do well. on the reading tests if they stepped up to the next reading level they would be brought pizza and cake to have in the classroom with all the their watching these kids getting rewarded with their not. our culture is awash in lives dominated by streams of never ending electronic hallucinations that. fiction until they are indistinguishable we have become the most. society politics as
a species of. political politicians and celebrities are to ruling parties are in reality one party for. those who attempt. to. breathless universe of fake news just signed to push through the cruelty and exploitation would be a little more are pushed so far to the margins of society including by a public broadcasting system that has sold its soul for corporate money that we might as well be squeaky against an avalanche. we must.
your launching an artillery got special report. this bugs me as well that's. basically everything that you think you know about civil society have broken down. there's always going to be somebody else one step ahead of the game. we should not be on the normalising minds. we don't need people that think like this on our planet. this is an incredibly tense situation.