Even though I don't talk about it much on the blog, I have closely followed the machinations of the Orleans Parish School Board since Hurricane Katrina. As you may know I co-directed a documentary on the OPSB and school system before and during Katrina called Left Behind. I made up my mind not to focus on the topic with AZ because I didn't want to get pigeon-holed on the subject and, frankly, I was just burned out on the matter.
I bring it up now because I want to do something I've rarely done on AZ...aver my support for a political candidate.
That candidate is Woody Koppel who is running for re-election to the OPSB in district 6.
Here's why....when Woody took over as president of OPSB their finances were in a mess. Realizing the horrible financial reputation of the OPSB he set out to change that perception and reality. The way he did that was a little out of the box but after cleaning up the budget, he got Standard and Poor and Moody's to issue OPSB an A+ and triple A bond rating. That ain't easy. There's not another public budget in the state that can boast that claim. Personally, I think it was a brilliant move.
I've met him and discussed some of the issues the board has faced in post-K and I think the guy is pretty amazing. I actually hope he runs for higher offices in the future.
I'm not getting paid or anything to say this, it's just my opinion and I feel strongly enough to post it.
See...it's not all turd throwing around here.