Jefferson Parish is going through an interesting period in it's history.
The post-Katrina Jefferson Parish is being left behind by Orleans Parish. Since Katrina, New Orleans has done 2 things that Jefferson Parish has not. First, Orleans Parish set up a state of the art Inspector General's office.
Second, New Orleans improved its public schools dramatically. Folks in Jefferson parish never thought political corruption or the public schools could be as bad or even worse than New Orleans, but they are.
Although Jefferson Parish folks recently approved an inspector general, the office won't be assembled until at least 2013 and questions remain if the funding for the office is sufficient and if it that funding comes from an untouchable source. Also, will the office have the autonomy that the New Orleans office enjoys?
As for public education, Orleans Parish public schools aren't just better than Jefferson parish's, they blow them away and it's not even close. Jefferson Parish has one of the worst performing public schools systems in the state, while Orleans now has one of the best.
How ironic, once proud Jefferson parish. They could always hang their hat on the fact that they did things at least better than the cellar dwellers of New Orleans. Now Jefferson Parish is in the cellar. And if you don't set up the IG's office properly and truly address Jefferson Parish's public school problems, you'll remain there.