When the state took over most of the schools in New Orleans, nobody was there to complain. Most of the schools had met their growth targets that year (a fact hardly ever mentioned) and had strong community support. Then Hurricane Katrina emptied the city, and they were taken by the state with barely a whisper of objection.
Baton Rouge is different. As Advocate reporter Charles Lussiere writes here, parents and school board members are fighting back.