I truly wish that Lusher would have turned down Cowen's handout, so that they could keep the integrity of the former admissions system.
That being said, what about the old days, when students like John Kennedy Toole went to Fortier? Could it happen again? (one shay, two shay, three shay, fo' shay!)
And with 3 kids, there was just no way on earth that I could afford Newman, at about $12k/kid/year = $36k for tuition (for kindergarten!!!), or even Ursuline, at about $6k/kid year, I'm looking at $18k/year = $1500/month = house payment. That's why I had to buy in the Lusher district.
That's precisely why I'm personally involved in Cowen's attack on Lusher. I'm not pulling down over half a mil a year, like Cowen, and this doesn't count his pay as director of American Greetings, Jo-Ann Stores, and Forest City Enterprises. He could afford Newman for 3 kids, unlike 99% of New Orleanians.
So he took the one thing we did have: a good, local public school.
I'm more sad than angry, but then, my kids haven't started school yet. Then, I'll be mad.