National conference to examine New Orleans school reforms

April 22, 2015

Keith Brannon
Phone: 504-862-8789

The Education Research Alliance for New Orleans (Era-New Orleans) at Tulane University, in partnership with The Cowen Institute for Public Education Initiatives, will host a national conference June 18-20 that will examine a decade of reforms to the New Orleans public education system.

“The Urban Education Future? Lessons From New Orleans 10 Years After Hurricane Katrina,” will feature local and national critics and supporters of the reforms for three days of panel discussions, lectures and research presentations at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel.

“A decade after the Hurricane Katrina tragedy, all eyes are on New Orleans, and that includes its schools. We owe it to the city and its students to have a thorough debate about the successes and failures of what have been unprecedented changes,” said Era-New Orleans Director Douglas Harris. “The conference will provide a chance to consider new and striking evidence, and what it means for New Orleans and the country.”

In addition to the Era-New Orleans researchers who will present up to 15 new studies, speakers will include:

•  Scott Cowen, president emeritus, Tulane University
•  Kira Orange Jones, member, Board of Elementary and Secondary Education; executive director, Teach For America
•  Rick Hess, director of education policy studies, American Enterprise Institute
•  Pedro Noguera, Peter L. Agnew Professor of Education, New York University
•  James Shelton, former deputy secretary, U.S. Department of Education
•  Randi Weingarten, president, American Federation of Teachers

Sessions will focus on equity and student outcomes, with topics including teachers and instructional quality, charter schools and charter management organizations, school choice, charter authorization and closure, finances, and test-based accountability. Most sessions will include new data from Era-New Orleans and other organizations.

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Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5000