ON-Lion Letter

The Fall 2015 issue of Education Next features a cover package three articles assessing aggressive education reform in New Orleans on the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.  In the pieces, researchers with the Education Research Alliance for New Orleans (ERA-New Orleans) at Tulane University:

*     show the positive impact of the reforms on student performance;

*     consider the large degree to which the city's system of school choice provides a variety of distinct options for families; and,

*     take a careful look at the city's unique enrollment system, which matches students and schools of choice.

"[I]t would be a mistake to dismiss the relevance of the New Orleans experience for others," writes Tulane economics professor Douglas N. Harris, who directs ERA-New Orleans.  "It is relevant precisely because it is so unusual.  The city’s reforms force us to question basic assumptions about what K‒12 publicly funded education can and should look like."

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee supports Education Next.

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